The Malta Independent 22 November 2019, Friday

Man serving 22 life sentences for sex crimes stabbed to death in UK prison

Monday, 14 October 2019, 16:13 Last update: about 2 months ago

A British man jailed for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children has been found stabbed to death in prison, the BBC reports.

Richard Huckle, 33, from Ashford, Kent, abused as many as 200 children.

In 2016, he was given 22 life sentences after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse of children aged between six months and 12 years, between 2006 and 2014.

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It is understood he was attacked on Sunday in his cell at Full Sutton Prison, near York, with what was described as a makeshift knife, the report said.

Huckle's trial at the Old Bailey in 2016 heard that investigators who checked his computer found more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos of his assaults.

These were shared with paedophiles worldwide through a hidden website on the so-called dark web.

At the end of his trial, Judge Peter Rook said Huckle's sentence reflected the "public abhorrence" over his "campaign of rape".

He said: "It is very rare indeed that a judge has to sentence sexual offending by one person on such a scale as this."

Huckle was arrested at Gatwick Airport by National Crime Agency officials in December 2014, following a tip-off by Australian authorities.

He presented himself as a practising Christian and first visited Malaysia on a teaching gap year when he was 18 or 19.

He went on to groom children while doing voluntary work.

 

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