'Poetic justice': Jury hears Richard Huckle, the man named 'Britain's worst paedophile', tortured and killed in prison

A court has heard how the man dubbed ‘Britain’s worst pedophile’ was tortured and killed in prison by a fellow inmate who wanted him to “feel what all those children felt”.

Richard Huckle had been serving 22 life sentences for the abuse of nearly 200 children between the ages of six months and 12 years when was allegedly killed “in cold blood” by Paul Fitzgerald.

Hull Crown Court heard that Fitzgerald, 30, set upon Huckle, 33, in a “prolonged attack designed to humiliate and degrade” the paedophile at Full Sutton Prison in October last year, three years after he was jailed for life for sexually abusing scores of children in Cambodia and Malaysia.

According to The Sun, Fitzgerald told the prison’s mental health team that he “murdered Mr Huckle in cold blood and would liked to have cooked bits of his body” in an attack that he described as “poetic justice”.

“This is a man who rapes and abuses children for fun,” Fitzgerald is alleged to have said at the time.

“He could have killed them as well. I’m inclined to think he did worse than just raping them.”

Richard Huckle had been serving 22 life sentences for the abuse of nearly 200 children between the ages of six months and 12 years when was allegedly killed “in cold blood” by Paul Fitzgerald.
Richard Huckle had been serving 22 life sentences for the abuse of nearly 200 children between the ages of six months and 12 years when was allegedly killed “in cold blood” by Paul Fitzgerald. Credit: CNN

‘Having too much fun’

The court heard how Fitzgerald used an electric cable to strangle Huckle before forcefully inserting a pen into his brain.

Huckle was found gagged and bound by his hands and feet with severe injuries to his face and with an incision made on his neck from a shank made with a melted toothbrush.

Prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC said the injuries to the “predatory pedophile” showed “a form of punishment associated” with his crimes.

“Richard Huckle suffered death as a result of ligature strangulation as part of a sustained attack, “ Mr MacDonald told the court.

“This was a carefully planned and executed attack, in the course of which Mr Huckle had been subjected to a prolonged attack also designed to humiliate and degrade him.

“(Fitzgerald) said he enjoyed what he was doing to the body of Mr Huckle and that he would have gone on to kill two or three others.

“The reason he did not was that he was having too much fun with Mr Huckle.”

The jury was told that Fitzgerald denies murder but accepts killing Huckle by reason of diminished responsibility.

The BBC reports that the trial is continuing in the Hull Crown Court.

Richard Huckle was arrested in 2014 at Gatwick Airport as he returned home from Malaysia, where he committed most of his crimes. 
Richard Huckle was arrested in 2014 at Gatwick Airport as he returned home from Malaysia, where he committed most of his crimes.  Credit: Supplied

Richard Huckle’s heinous crimes

Richard Huckle was arrested in 2014 at Gatwick Airport as he returned home from Malaysia, where he committed most of his crimes.

Dubbed the country’s worst paedophile by Britain’s media, Huckle posed as a photographer, English teacher and philanthropist to win the trust of families in poor communities across Southeast Asia.

He had confessed to abusing children on a blog he published on the dark web, an area of the Internet not easily accessible to the general user.

According to Court News UK at the time of sentencing, Huckle posed as a Christian English teacher to groom and abuse children, including one as young as six months, in a poor Malaysian community over nine years.

He also committed child abuse in Cambodia, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

The photographer took pictures and videos of himself raping children that he groomed from schools and orphanages, and shared the images with other paedophiles on the dark web, Court News UK reported during the trial.

In his blog, Huckle awarded himself “Paedopoints” on a type of scorecard, claiming to have abused 191 children. He forced victims to pose with signs to advertise his business and wrote a 60-page guide entitled “Paedophiles & Poverty: Child Lover Guide” that the judge, Court News reported, called a “truly evil document.”

Huckle was caught when Australian police tipped off authorities in an investigation into a paedophile website that officials said had 9000 members before it was shut down.

The NCA said officials had recovered more than 20,000 indecent images of children from Huckle’s computers and cameras, including more than 1000 of which showed him raping and abusing children in his care.

Huckle was given 22 life sentences in a London court in June 2016 after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse against children aged from six months to 12.

His crimes included rapes that he filmed, photographed and shared online with paedophiles worldwide, boasting that children from poor communities made easier victims than well-to-do Westerners.

HMP Full Sutton. Hull Crown Court heard that Richard Huckle was killed in a “prolonged attack designed to humiliate and degrade” at Full Sutton Prison in October last year.
HMP Full Sutton. Hull Crown Court heard that Richard Huckle was killed in a “prolonged attack designed to humiliate and degrade” at Full Sutton Prison in October last year. Credit: Paul Barker - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

Relief, anger over Richard Huckle death

The death of Richard Huckle prompted mixed emotions in parts of the Malaysian capital where he had lived, with some people expressing disappointment that his time in prison was cut short.

Residents of one community in downtown Kuala Lumpur were reluctant to speak about Huckle, although one woman, who sought anonymity, said she was relieved to hear of his death.

“Good, I’m glad he’s dead,” she told Reuters as she cradled her two-year-old daughter outside her home but refused to speak further.

Another woman, who also declined to be identified, said she was shocked after reading about Huckle’s death in the newspaper.

“What can I say, really?” she said.

“We hadn’t heard about him in a long time... he was not a good person.”

The case had shocked Malaysians and spurred questions over the effectiveness of its child protection laws and enforcement.

In 2017, 10 months after Huckle was sentenced, Malaysia passed a law on sexual offences against children and set up a special court to deal with cases of child sexual abuse more quickly.

Malaysian group Protect and Save the Children, which worked closely with communities in which Huckle operated, said some residents felt let down after hearing that he had died.

“People felt good that he was being punished for his crimes but now that has been taken away,” the group’s executive director, Mariza Abdulkadir said.

“So there is a sense that justice wasn’t served for the victims.”

- with AAP and CNN

 

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