The Yorkshire Ripper is leaving Broadmoor.
Peter Sutcliffe is to be moved from the psychiatric hospital after a tribunal ruled yesterday that he was fit to return to prison.
The 70-year-old serial killer struck twice in Huddersfield - he murdered Huddersfield prostitute Helen Rytka, dumping her body behind a timber yard in Great Northern Street. He tried to kill Oakes teenager Theresa Sykes as she made her way home from a local shop, but she survived.
He was sentenced to 20 life terms in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more.
Yesterday he was told that the 32 years he had spent inside the hospital were sufficient. He is expected to be transferred to a category A jail, where he will spend the rest of his life.
Sutcliffe has been receiving specialist care at Broadmoor in Berkshire after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Last year his brother Carl said Sutcliffe was faking the illness to avoid being sent to maxiumum security prison.
High-security prisons cost £50,000 a year per prisoner, while Broadmoor costs £300,000.
Sutcliffe, who now calls himself Peter Coonan after his mother’s maiden name, was sent to Broadmoor in 1984 after serving three years at Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight.
He refused treatment until 1993 when the Mental Health Commission ruled that it should be given forcibly.
Following the decision yesterday, the Ministry of Justice must confirm the move.
An MoJ spokeswoman said: “Peter Coonan will remain locked up and will never be released for his evil crimes. Decisions over whether prisoners are to be sent back to prison from secure hospitals are based on clinical assessments made by medical staff. The High Court ordered in 2010 that Peter Coonan should never be released. This was upheld by the Court of Appeal.”
At his trial, Sutcliffe, who claimed the voice of God had sent him out to kill, pleaded not guilty on the ground of diminished responsibility.