Prisoner who killed Sunderland policeman in frenzied attack wins High Court battle

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A PRISONER serving a minimum 25-year term after being convicted of the drug-fuelled murder of a Sunderland policeman has won a High Court fight with the Ministry of Justice.

Paul Weddle - who was jailed in 1994 for the murder of Sergeant Bill Forth in Gateshead - claimed that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was failing to provide him with the “means to demonstrate reduced risk” so that he could progress to a lower security category.

Lawyers representing Mr Grayling disputed the claim but a High Court judge ruled in Weddle’s favour after a hearing in London.

Weddle said Mr Grayling was failing to provide courses in prison through which he could demonstrate “reduced risk”.

Sgt Forth had been attending a domestic incident.

Mr Justice Cranston said Weddle had hit him with a fence paling then repeatedly stabbed him.

A judge had imposed a life sentence with a 25-year minimum term - and Weddle, in his 20s at the time of the killing, was due to become eligible for parole in 2018, the High Court heard.