The second such sentence handed down in just a few days. Bellfield given 'whole life' sentence - Yahoo! News UK Whole life sentence for Suffolk killer - Yahoo! News UK Unrelated (perhaps), I saw a the results of a snap (popular) poll this morning where 62% in the UK said they would support the re-introduction of the death penalty. Do these sentences (which I support) signal a spontaneous toughening of approach by the judiciary, or are they more reflective of political and popular pressure to 'get tougher' with criminals, especially those of this type, a little of both or, mere blips? The problem of political interference in judicial sentencing decisions is nothing new of course. One notable and comparatively recent instance was the Shipman case a few years back, and of course there were other classics such as Hindley. The line marking a correct balance between rapidly increasing (and costly) prison populations, political accountability, judicial independence and a sentencing regime acceptable to society and especially the victims of crime is is a hard one to draw, perhaps an impossible one.