Prison inmate charged with murder of 'Britain's worst paedophile'

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK

A prison inmate has been charged with the murder of “Britain’s worst paedophile”, police have confirmed.

Paul Fitzgerald, 29, was charged with the murder of Richard Huckle at HMP Full Sutton, East Yorkshire, in October 2019, according to Humberside Police.

Humberside Police said HMP Full Sutton inmate Paul Fitzgerald has been charged with Richard Huckle’s murder in October 2019 (PA)

Fitzgerald was initially arrested on suspicion of murder on January 13, after Huckle was fatally stabbed in his prison cell with a makeshift blade.

In a statement released on Friday, Humberside Police said: “Paul Fitzgerald, 29, of HMP Wakefield has today been charged with the murder of Richard Huckle at Full Sutton Prison on October 13, 2019.

“Paul Fitzgerald is due to appear via video link at Beverley Magistrates Court on Wednesday February 5.”

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Huckle was given 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2016 for an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years.

The freelance photographer, from Ashford in Kent, awarded himself “Pedopoints” for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters.

He sold pictures of his offences on the dark web, and bragged online that it was easier to target impoverished children in Malaysia than western countries.

He was arrested when he was stopped at Gatwick Airport en route to spend Christmas with his family in 2014, after Australian authorities tipped off the UK’s National Crime Agency.

Huckle was serving 22 life sentences at HMP Full Sutton, East Yorkshire, after being convicted at the Old Bailey in 2016 (PA)

Officers seized his encrypted laptop and managed to uncover more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos although there were other files they were unable to crack.

Fitzgerald is due to appear via video-link at Beverley Magistrates Court for sentencing on February 5.

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