Kettering mother of girl murdered by Yorkshire Ripper “doesn’t care where he is as long as he never gets out”

Beryl Leach with a photo of her daughter Barbara

Beryl Leach with a photo of her daughter Barbara

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A Kettering woman whose daughter was murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper says she doesn’t care where he is as long as he never gets out, after reports that he could move back to prison.

Peter Sutcliffe, who killed 13 women, has been housed at the high security Broadmoor Hospital since 1984 but could move from his psychiatric unit within six months.

One of his victims was 20-year-old Barbara Leach, who was a student at Bradford University at the time of her death in 1979.

Her mother Beryl, 84, says she wants him to die in prison.

She said: “I suppose he’ll fight the move but to be honest I don’t care where he is as long as he never comes out.

“It doesn’t get any easier, and it brings it all back.

“At the time we didn’t want the death penalty but if he had been executed a lot of the suffering over the past years wouldn’t have happened.

“With all the things going on in the world and happening at the minute this feels a bit hollow.”

Any decision to move Sutcliffe, who was given 20 life sentences for the murders in 1981, would be made by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

Mrs Leach, whose husband David died last year, is hoping to move to New Zealand to live with her son Graham in the near future.

She added: “He not only took my daughter but any chance of grandchildren.

“We had a good relationship and you never know how relationships pan out, but she would have been here to help out now I’m older.

“I’m in the process of trying to join my son in New Zealand but it’s quite a lengthy one.

“I’m in a bit of a state of limbo at the moment but I’ve had to learn to live with it.”