YORKSHIRE Ripper Peter Sutcliffe could be heading back to a court to fight for his freedom.
Reports today suggested a top lawyer is hoping to prove that Sutcliffe’s human rights have been ignored because he was never set a tariff for his sentence.
The killer, who murdered 13 women across the north – including a teenager in Huddersfield – is currently detained in Broadmoor hospital.
But he is said to be hoping he can be declared sane and transferred back into the prison system to start his new challenge.
He is being represented by award-winning female lawyer Saimo Chahal, who has already asked for a reassessment of his psychiatric condition.
The barrister will then attempt to use the European Convention of Human Rights to secure his release by 2011.
Sutcliffe, 61, was convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven others over five years. He murdered teenage prostitute Helen Rytka in Hdudersfield’s red light area of Great Northern Street, and also attacked Oakes teenager Theresa Sykes outside her home.
At his trial at the Old Bailey, the ex-gravedigger was given 20 life sentences in 1981 and told he would serve a minimum 30 years. But the tariff was never formalised because his legal team at the time did not supply all the necessary paperwork.
The website of Ms Chahal’s firm reveals her belief Sutcliffe has been misrepresented.
It says: “For Saimo this case raises the issue of how we treat mentally ill people who have committed heinous crimes.
"She is concerned there is a huge amount of information in the public domain about this case that is simply untrue.
“She sees her role as providing representation to those who are disenfranchised, putting aside preconceptions.”