Man who murdered 'Britain's worst paedophile' laughs as he's jailed for 34 years

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An inmate who brutally murdered ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’ in prison has been told he will spend a minimum of 34 years in jail.

Paul Fitzgerald, 30, strangled Richard Huckle with an electrical cable sheath, inserted a pen into his brain through his nostril, raped him and penetrated his anus with a spoon handle in a 78-minute attack in his cell at HMP Full Sutton, East Yorkshire.

He said he would have liked to cook and eat parts of his target’s body and would have gone on to kill more inmates but was ‘having too much fun’.

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.

In what he called a ‘poetic act of justice, Fitzgerald said he wanted the 33-year-old paedophile to feel what his victims had felt.

Claiming that he had ‘taken the law into his own hands’ at Hull Crown Court today, Mr Justice Lavender said: ‘You are a psychopath and you derive pleasure from fantasising about raping, torturing, killing, and even eating others.

‘On this occasion you derived pleasure from acting out your fantasies.’

Fitzgerald went into Huckle’s cell on October 13 last year, armed with makeshift weapons, made out of a toothbrush and a pen, a ligature and items to gag him and bind his arms and legs.

After tying him up and raping his victim, he strangled him with so much force his hands still require treatment.

Fitzgerald also smashed his face on to the floor, punched him, broke his jaw, stabbed him in the neck and inserted the pen so far up his nostril that it penetrated the bone and went into his brain.

Mr Justice Lavender said: ‘You intended to rape and kill Mr Huckle and, if possible, cook parts of him and eat them.

‘You did this for your own pleasure and also to inflict what you called poetic justice on a convicted paedophile.

‘The attack last over an hour and a quarter. At the end of which Mr Huckle was either dead or dying.

‘Describing the events afterwards, you said: “I got carried away by how much fun I was having doing what I was doing to him”.’

The court heard that Fitzgerald, has a range of conditions including psychopathy, anti-social personality disorder and gender identity disorder.

He has previous convictions for violent and sexual offences, starting from the age of 13, including the false imprisonment of a female prison officer.

The judge said the only mitigating features of the case were Fitzgerald’s mental health issues, which were the result of physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

He said: ‘They were the source of your urge to kill, which motivated you.

‘I am sure you could have resisted that urge if you chose to do so, just as you have resisted it for the whole of your adult life.’

Fitzgerald appeared at the sentencing hearing by video link to prison, wearing rosary beads and with a shaven head and long, goatee beard.

He appeared to laugh at several points throughout the hearing and yawned and stretched his arms as the judge passed his life sentence.

Huckle, from Ashford, in Kent, awarded himself ‘paedo-points’ for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters and sold images of his depravity on the dark web.

In online posts, he bragged that it was easier to target impoverished children in Malaysia than those from wealthy western backgrounds.

At the time of his arrest, at Gatwick Airport in 2014, he was writing a guide to teach fellow paedophiles how to abuse children and avoid detection.

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