David Oakes loses his appeal

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Double murderer David Oakes will never be released from prison.

His case was heard in London today.

The Court of Appeal refused to quash the whole-life order in the case of killer who "sadistically tortured" his former partner before shooting her and their two-year-old daughter.

Christine Chambers, 38, and daughter Shania were killed in a double shooting in Braintree in July last year.

Their funeral service was held at St Peter and St Paul Parish Church in St Osyth.

The panel, headed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, also upheld the 30-year minimum term imposed on Kiaran Stapleton, who was jailed for life after he "executed" a stranger in the street.

Although the judges overturned the whole-life orders in the cases of Danilo Restivo and Michael Roberts, they announced that the imposition of such orders was not incompatible with Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which prohibits torture and inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment.

Murderer Danilo Restivo had his "whole-life" tariff overturned by the Court of Appeal.

He was ordered to serve a minimum term of 40 years instead.

Five judges in London also announced that they were reducing the whole-life order imposed on "Bermondsey Beast" rapist Michael Roberts to a minimum term of 25 years.

The appellants are all still subject to life sentences. Those with a minimum term can apply for parole once that has expired, but they would not be released until they are deemed to no longer pose a threat to the public.

Lord Judge said he thought it was "highly unlikely" that any of the five would be released.

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