Serial killer Yorkshire Ripper’s funeral cost Brit taxpayers thousands of pounds

British taxpayers paid thousands of pounds towards infamous killer the Yorkshire Ripper's funeral.

Peter Sutcliffe's secret cremation led by the Prison Service cost £3,000, according to the Ministry of Justice.

Convicted killer Sutcliffe died aged 74 last year in November after contracting Covid-19 and refusing treatment.

He was sentenced to 20 life sentences after being found guilty of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven others.

The serial killer was reported to have had an interest in half of the house he bought with ex-wife Sonia, which is now said to be worth £250,000, The Mirror.

However, rules state that prisons must help towards “reasonable” funeral expenses when an inmate dies in custody if the family has no plans in place.

The controversial payment is designed to cover burial costs of inmates who are penniless or estranged from their families.

It can pay for a funeral director, hearse, simple coffin, and burial or cremation but not a headstone, flowers, obituary notices or a wake.

An MoJ spokeswoman said: “I can confirm the total paid was £3,000.”

Sutcliffe died in hospital of Covid-19 after reportedly refusing treatment for the virus.

He was serving a whole life term at maximum-security HMP Frankland and also suffered from pneumonia, diabetes and heart disease.

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He murdered at least 13 women and tried to kill a further seven between 1975 and 1980, and has been linked to many more unsolved murders and attacks.

He and ex-teacher Sonia paid £16,000 for their four-bedroom detached house in Bradford, West Yorks, in 1977.

Title deeds show Sonia is now the sole owner of the property, believed to be worth over £250,000 today, though it is has been reported she lives elsewhere.

There is a 1983 “restriction” on the register, meaning any sale must be approved by a court order.

If she sells, Sutcliffe’s victims or the Legal Aid Trust could make a claim on his share.

The killer’s funeral took place at an unknown location around a fortnight after his death.

His brother Mick, 70, previously told the Mirror he and other relatives were “banned” from the service, and the ashes were posted to him later.

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