Prisoner used ‘murder bag’ to kill Britain’s worst paedophile Richard Huckle

A man accused of murdering "Britain's worst paedophile" carried out the killing with a self-made 'murder bag', a court heard.

Paul Fitzgerald allegedly bound Richard Huckle's wrists and ankles with cable ties and strangled him with an electrical cable sheath before inserting a pen into his brain and penetrating his anus with a blunt object on October 13 last year.

Hull Crown Court heard Fitzgerald was found "straddling" Huckle's body at HMP Full Sutton near York, HullLive reports.

The prosecution claims Fitzgerald killed Huckle for the latter's "notorious" crimes.

Huckle was imprisoned for abusing around 200 vulnerable youngsters in Southeast Asia, earning himself the title 'Britain's worst paedophile'.

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The defendant denies murder.

Prison officers went to Huckle's cell after receiving a tip-off from another two inmates that something was happening there.

In a statement read out to the court by prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC, one prison officer said he was "aware of intelligence that he (Fitzgerald) had a 'murder bag' he would carry around with him to commit assault".

The officer added: "I don't know where it came from or what was in it."

He also said that throughout his time at Full Sutton, Huckle, who was 33 when he died, had been the victim of a number of assaults.

Jurors heard how Fitzgerald told healthcare staff just days after he killed Huckle he had "murdered him in cold blood" and asked "what else he needed to do" to be referred to a close supervision centre designed for prisoners who pose a risk to inmates and staff.

During a review with the prison and healthcare staff, Fitzgerald told how he had an intention to kill "two or three others" after Huckle but was "having too much fun".

He also told staff he would like to have cooked bits of Huckle's body.

Statements from a staff member which were read out in court told how Fitzgerald appeared "animated" and "revelled in the attention" in the days after the killing.

Another said Fitzgerald seemed "emotionless" and "calm" and showed no remorse.

Prison officers who led Fitzgerald from Huckle's cell said he told them he had "two shanks", a word for a makeshift knife.

Both Huckle and Fitzgerald were inmates on Full Sutton's Delta wing, which house vulnerable inmates who "cannot cope" with the general prison population.

Fitzgerald was previously prescribed medication for a personality disorder – although he was not prescribed any at the time of Huckle's killing.

Huckle was branded Britain's worst paedophile when he was jailed for a string of sickening crimes in 2016.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in jail for a horrific "campaign of rape" against children spanning nine years.

Huckle bragged on the dark web about his horrendous crimes against Malaysian children, some babies as young as six months old.

The paedophile first visited Southeast Asia on a gap year and returned posing as a teacher and respectable Christian to gain the trust of small and impoverished communities.

He was caught after he shared photos and videos of his assaults with paedophiles around the world, attempting to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowdfunding the release of images.

Huckle was in the process of drafting a 60-page paedophile manual at the time of his arrest by the National Crime Agency, who had been tipped off by Task Force Argos, a branch of Australia's Queensland Police Service responsible for investigating online child exploitation and abuse.

The trial continues.

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