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Killer’s Wife Loses Fight for Home

December 19, 1986

BRADFORD, England (AP) _ A judge has ordered the wife of mass murderer Peter Sutcliffe to sell her home to compensate two of her husband’s victims who survived.

Sutcliffe, a trucker who was dubbed the ″Yorkshire Ripper,″ was jailed for 30 years in 1981 on 13 counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

His 35-year-old wife, Sonia, sat with her head in her hands as the order to sell her house was delivered Thursday.

Mrs. Sutcliffe, a schoolteacher, told Bradford county court that she had not been able to find a job since her husband’s trial.

She said her only asset is her half-share of the four-bedroom house at Bradford, Yorkshire, which she shares with her parents. Her husband also owns half.

She had testified that she won’t get enough money from her half of the house to buy another home.

After being jailed, Sutcliffe was declared bankrupt when two women who survived his attacks and the mother of his youngest victim won court fights for a total 25,000 pounds (about $38,000) compensation from his estate, which consists only of his share of the house.

Roy Garthwaite, the trustee in the bankruptcy, applied for the sale of the house because none of the compensation had been paid.

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