Boris Johnson plans to extend ‘whole life’ prison sentences to child killers in the UK

Child murderers will die behind bars under Conservative manifesto plans to ensure ‘life means life’.

In a further toughening of sentencing, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said they will automatically get a whole life sentence, so they are never released.

The move will end the ‘sickening injustice’ of parents having to watch their child’s killer walk free, he said.

Currently all murderers automatically get a life sentence, but the vast majority are eligible for parole after serving their minimum term, which is set by the courts.

The whole life sentence is reserved for serial killers, or murders with a sadistic or sexual motive.