Notorious paedophile ‘strangled by inmate who wanted to cook his body parts’
A “notorious predatory paedophile” was allegedly strangled to death by a fellow prisoner who then said he wanted to cook his body parts, a court has heard.
Paul Fitzgerald, 30, strangled Richard Huckle with an electrical cable sheath and forcefully inserted a pen into his brain, the trial at Hull Crown Court heard.
Fitzgerald later said he would liked to have cooked bits of Huckle’s body, and would have gone on to kill other inmates but he was “having too much fun”.
Jurors were told that Huckle was murdered in a “prolonged attack designed to humiliate and degrade him” at HMP Full Sutton, in East Yorkshire, on October 13, 2019.
Fitzgerald denies murder.
Opening the case, prosecutor Alistair Neil MacDonald QC said the attack was carried out as “a form of punishment” for the crimes Huckle had committed.
Mr MacDonald added that the attack was “carefully planned and considered” by Fitzgerald.
He said Fitzgerald was found in Huckle’s cell by another inmate “straddling” the victim, who was on the floor near a pool of blood.
Prison officers were alerted and found Huckle gagged and bound by his hands and feet, with a ligature around his neck, the court heard.
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.”
Prison staff attempted to give Huckle CPR and use a defibrillator on him but he was pronounced dead at 12.30pm that day.
The prosecution barrister said Fitzgerald told the manager of the mental health team at the prison that he had “murdered Mr Huckle in cold blood” and would liked to have cooked bits of his body.
Mr MacDonald told the jury: “He 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.”
He added: “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.”
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, targeted vulnerable youngsters while volunteering in orphanages in Malaysia.
The jury was told that he denies murdering Huckle but accepts killing him by reason of diminished responsibility.
It was heard that at the time of the killing the defendant was suffering from mixed personality disorder, psychopathy and gender identity disorder.
The trial, expected to last five days, continues.