'I personally think other murders were far more brutal and the offenders in these cases were not given whole-life
He was the youngest offender to be issued with a whole-life
tariff at the age of 21.
But compare its whole-life
cost to that of an energy efficient system, and the difference can be thousands, wasted money that businesses cannot afford to lose.
The European Court of Human Rights agreed that whole-life
sentences breached human rights and the shock ruling led to a national debate over whether life should mean life.
In a previous judgment in July 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had ruled UK domestic law was unclear on whether those serving whole-life
terms can be released.
But that was increased to whole-life
in 1994 by then-Home Secretary Leon Brittan, who died recently.
The double killer, from Ely, Cardiff, was given a whole-life
sentence for the murder of New Zealander Clive Tully - whose torso, head and limbs were found in bags.
The Strasbourg-based court held that there had been a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights - which relates to inhuman and degrading treatment - on the basis that whole-life
orders were not "reducible".
Gaynor said: "These whole-life
terms are reserved only for the most brutal murderers such as child killers and those who kill police officers but Steffan was still my child, even at 22, we shouldn't categorise by age, murder is still murder and should be treated as such."
So far, 53 offenders have been sentenced to whole-life
orders, including McLoughlin.
But the ECHR judges ruled that the whole-life
tariff was not "grossly disproportionate" and in each case London's High Court had "decided that an all-life tariff was required, relatively recently and following a fair and detailed consideration".
"Even accepting that an element of mental disturbance was intrinsic to the commission of these crimes, the interests of justice require nothing less than a whole-life