Tuesday, October 6, 1998 Published at 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
Hindley 'has not served long enough'
Moors murderer Myra Hindley has not spent long enough in prison, a lawyer representing Home Secretary Jack Straw told the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.
Hindley, 56, is asking the Court of Appeal to overrule the decision of successive home secretaries to deny her parole.
But Mr Pannick said: "The passage of time - 32 years - cannot erase the truly horrific conduct with which this appellant was found guilty."
He rejected claims by Hindley that she was the victim of "intimidation and corruption" by her co-defendant Ian Brady, now 60.
Hindley, who was convicted of killing 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17, is held at Highpoint Prison in Suffolk. She has subsequently admitted playing a part in the murders of Keith Bennett, 12, and Pauline Reade, 16.
Their victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor, on the edge of the Peak District overlooking Manchester.
'Murder under duress'
Hindley's lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald QC, said on Monday she had been throttled and raped by Brady and her family had been threatened.
Mr Pannick said Hindley's part in the murders of Lesley Anne Downey and Edward Evans was "pitiless".
Mr Pannick said: "This is not a case where someone has forced her at knife point, or whatever, to carry out that specific act."
Last year the Court of Appeal, led Lord Chief Justice Bingham rejected her lawyers' arguments.
'Life means life'
The three judges ruled that home secretaries had the power to decide that a life sentence can mean life.
But, allowing her leave to challenge their ruling, he did not rule out that one day Hindley could be released "in exceptional circumstances".
The case has repercussions for many of Britain's most notorious killers. Rose West, Dennis Nilsen and Peter Sutcliffe are among those who have also been told they will never be freed.
The appeal continues.