Prisoner charged with murder of prolific paedophile Richard Huckle

Huckle was serving 22 life sentences when he died

Friday, January 24, 2020

A 29-year-old man has been charged with murdering Richard Huckle, one of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles.

Prisoner Paul Fitzgerald was today charged with the murder that took place at a jail in East Yorkshire on October 13 last year.

Huckle, 33, was reportedly fatally stabbed in his cell with a makeshift blade.

Humberside Police 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.”

Fitzgerald is due to appear via video link at Beverley Magistrates Court on February 5.

Huckle had been serving 22 life sentences for an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years.

He used to award 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.

The freelance photographer from Kent was arrested when he was stopped at Gatwick Airport in 2014 after Australian authorities tipped off the National Crime Agency in the UK.

He was convicted at the Old Bailey two years later, being described by specialist abuse lawyer Liz Dux as “a monster and nothing less”.

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 but there were more files they were unable to crack.

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