Louis Bours, the recently elected UKIP MEP, has sparked debate on Britain’s legal process by arguing in favour of the death penalty for “certain types of crimes”.
“The public are fed up with the government’s concentration on the rights of the criminal, and are demanding the rights of victims and their families should take priority.
“The death penalty won’t bring back a tortured and murdered child, but it seems natural justice that the family will know the killer has paid the ultimate price and isn’t still breathing when their child is not,” Ms Bours told journalists.
A YouGov survey from August this year found that 45% of people were still in favour of the death penalty for murder, in comparison to 39% who were not.
Ms Bours added: “An innocent child has more of a right to life than the monster that took their life, so I see no ethical reason why we are obliged to keep him alive.
UKIP were contacted for comment, but so far have not provided a statement on this matter.