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Prisoner found guilty of murdering ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’

A sex offender who murdered ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’ today laughed as he was branded a psychopath by a judge as he sentenced him to at least 34 years in jail.

Paul Fitzgerald, 30, was found guilty of murdering Richard Huckle, 33, in an attack he claimed was ‘poetic justice’ for his victims.

Fitzgerald strangled and tortured him in HMP Full Sutton on October 13 last year.

The Honourable Mr Justice Lavender said today as the murderer laughed by videolink: ‘You are a psychopath and derive pleasure from imagining torturing, raping, killing and even eating others.

‘You went into his cell equipped and intended to rape and kill Mr Huckle and if possible cook and eat parts of him.

‘You did this for your own pleasure and to carry out justice. You also did this for help and to be referred to a high security unit. 

‘This case involves sadistic conduct. You have convictions for indecent assaults from when you were 13 and 15, battery and criminal damage, assault occasioning actual bodily harm with intent to commit a sexual offence and while in possession of an offensive weapon and false imprisonment. 

‘I am sure you made a conscious decision to kill him. As you said yourself, you committed murder in cold blood.’ 

Paul Fitzgerald, 30, was jailed indefinitely in 2009 for a sex attack on a dog walker

Richard Huckle (left) was killed in his own cell on October 13 last year by Paul Fitzgerald (right)

Huckle was given 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2016 for offences against children

Huckle was given 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2016 for offences against children

Huckle was bound and gagged as Fitzgerald sexually assaulted him with a cooking instrument and shoved a bladed pen up his nose.

He then smashed Huckle’s face and head into the floor ‘six or seven times’ and said after the killing he felt as ‘high as a kite.’

Two prison officers rushed to the cell and discovered Fitzgerald in the same position with his face up against the paedophile.

They told police the attacker appeared to be whispering into the ear of his victim, although it is not known what was said.

After being forcibly removed from the cell Fitzgerald told the officers, ‘I think I’ve killed him, he’s dead’.

The pair both lived on the prison’s Delta wing, which is an area designed for sex offenders and other inmates who struggle to cope with life in prison. 

Richard Huckle (pictured) was serving 22 life sentences for abusing nearly 200 children

Richard Huckle (pictured) was serving 22 life sentences for abusing nearly 200 children

Giving evidence at the five-day trial at Hull Crown Court, Fitzgerald said he had decided to kill Huckle a week before.

Although he had had ‘intrusive’ thoughts of killing and harming others for a long time before that, he decided Huckle was to be his victim.

Fitzgerald said he sexually assaulted Huckle as he ‘wanted him to know what it felt like’.

He admitted he had plans to kill others but was ‘having too much fun’ with him.

In his evidence, Fitzgerald said he wanted to cook Huckle using the pots in his cell, and said it would be ‘funny’.

During the trial the jury heard from two psychiatrists who said Fitzgerald had lived with a conduct disorder from an early age, gender personality dysphoria and a personality disorder.

Jurors were told Fitzgerald was a risk to females and at risk of hostage taking. He had been prescribed medication in the past, but was not prescribed any at the time of the killing.

The attack happened in a cell at HMP Full Sutton near Pocklington, East Yorkshire

The attack happened in a cell at HMP Full Sutton near Pocklington, East Yorkshire

Nurses and mental health professionals at Full Sutton described how Fitzgerald had seemed ‘calm’ and ’emotionless’ after the killing.

Prison officers who led Fitzgerald from Huckle’s cell said he told them he had ‘two shanks’ – otherwise known as makeshift knives.

One officer told how they were aware of intelligence that Fitzgerald carried a ‘murder bag’ filled with weapons.

Fitzgerald told the jury that although he did not call it a ‘murder bag’ he did possess a bag filled with items that could be used to attack others, including ‘shanks,’ bandages and a cable sheath.

Jurors took just two hours to deliver their verdict of guilty and he will be sentenced later today.

Huckle was dubbed Britain’s worst paedophile as he was jailed in 2016 for his sickening crimes.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison for a ‘campaign of rape’ against children spanning nine years.

He had bragged on the dark web about his horrendous crimes against Malaysian children, some of whom were babies as young as six months old.

Huckle had first visited South-East Asia on a gap year aged 19 and returned masquerading as a teacher and respectable Christian to infiltrate small and impoverished communities.

He was caught after he shared photos and videos of his assaults with paedophiles worldwide and had attempted to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowdfunding the release of the images.

Huckle was even in the process of drafting a 60-page paedophile manual at the time of his arrest by the National Crime Agency.


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