The Press 26/05/2010
The worst murderers can now be locked up for life with no parole, even if they have no previous convictions, under a little-known provision of the three-strikes law. Under the Sentencing and Parole Reform Act, passed last night, judges can order that murderers who have no history of violence will never be released if their crime is so heinous they should stay in jail forever. This will put them on the same footing as killers on their second or third chances after a series of violent offences under the new three-strikes law. The provision for first-time offenders is aimed at killers like Clayton Weatherston, whose 2008 murder of former girlfriend Sophie Elliott shocked the country.