Prisoner charged with murdering ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’ Richard Huckle

A prisoner has been charged with murdering Richard Huckle, who is infamously known as one of Britain's worst paedophiles.

The 33-year-old died at HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire on October 13 after he was reportedly fatally stabbed in his cell with a makeshift blade.

Humberside Police have confirmed Paul Fitzgerald has been charged with Huckle's murder.

Huckle was serving 22 life sentences for sex attacks on nearly 200 children when he’d was killed.

The paedophile preyed on children during his travels in Malaysia and become immersed in an online world of child sex abuse.

In statement, the force 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."

Huckle admitted 71 counts of sex abuse against up to 200 children across Malaysia over nine years, some as young as six months.

The freelance photographer shared pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults – including one baby in a nappy – were shared with paedophiles worldwide through the now defunct deep web paedo website.

Huckle, from Ashford in Kent, awarded himself "Pedopoints" for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters, and sold images of his depravity on the dark web.

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

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.

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

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.

Twenty-three children from poor Christian communities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur were identified in 71 charges.

The sex beast first visited Malaysia on a teaching gap year when he was 19 and went on to groom more children posing as a respectable Christian English teacher and philanthropist.

In online posts, Huckle bragged: "Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids."

Offering advice to other like-minded people, he wrote: "If you really want to fully embrace child love, poverty is the way to go."

He said middle-class children were protected "no-go areas" while the less privileged may be "ugly, ill-mannered and unhealthy".

Commenting on one of his victims, he boasted: "I'd hit the jackpot, a 3yo girl as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care."

Huckle crowd-funded the release of indecent images of the three-year-old girl in exchange for Bitcoins, achieving 105% of his target.

His parents were so horrified when he confessed his crimes that they begged the police to take him away and made statements to support his prosecution.

Ahead of his sentencing, Huckle claimed to a psychiatrist that he wanted to put his "madness" behind him and settle down with a south Indian woman.

But the court was shown a posting from 2013 in which he outlined his plan to marry one of his victims in order to help him abuse more children.

Sentencing him in 2016, Judge Peter Rook QC said: "You are just 30-years-old, you are a UK national. You have had the benefit of education in this country.

"You say that in your youth you did not feel that you belonged in this country.

"You travelled to, and resided in Malaysia, actually migrating there in 2010 where you committed sexual offences of the utmost gravity.

"Relentlessly you preyed upon the very young, prepubescent children. This was a prolonged campaign of rape of the children.

"One of the most aggravating features of this case is the fact you targeted and groomed children from an impoverished community. That community was particularly vulnerable because of its poverty.

"Your life revolved around your obsession. It is clear that had you not been arrested, you planned to continue with the same lifestyle."

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