Prisoner is found guilty of murdering 'Britain's worst paedophile'

Prisoner who killed ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’ Richard Huckle in his cell by strangling him with a cable and stabbing him in the brain with a pen is found guilty of murder

  • Paul Fitzgerald, 30, strangled and tortured Richard Huckle in HMP Full Sutton
  • Huckle, 33, was bound as Fitzgerald sexually assaulted him with a cooking tool
  • The killer – who is a sex offender himself – will be sentenced for the murder today 

A sex offender serving time with ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’ has been found guilty of murdering him in an attack he claimed was ‘poetic justice’ for his victims.

Paul Fitzgerald, 30, strangled and tortured Richard Huckle, 33, in HMP Full Sutton on October 13 last year.

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’.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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