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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:17 AM

Paedophile Richard Huckle 'murdered' in prison

Source: The Guardian

Paedophile Richard Huckle 'murdered' in prison

Huckle, who abused up to 200 babies and children, found dead at Full Sutton jail in Yorkshire

Haroon Siddique
Mon 14 Oct 2019 11.41 BST
Last modified on Mon 14 Oct 2019 12.49 BST

A British paedophile, who targeted and abused up to 200 Malaysian babies and children, and shared images of his crimes on the dark web, has been murdered in jail, a source has said.

Richard Huckle, a photographer from Ashford in Kent, received 22 life sentences after admitting an “unprecedented and exceptional” 71 offences against children aged between six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014. The 33-year-old, who was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years, was found dead at Full Sutton prison in North Yorkshire on Sunday.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Full Sutton prisoner Richard Huckle died on 13 October. It would be inappropriate to comment further while a police investigation is ongoing.”

Huckle posed as an English teacher and philanthropist in poor Christian communities in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the 23 children identified in the charges were abused for years, including one from the age of three until 10.

He originally faced 91 charges but investigators believed the number of his victims was much higher, having found a ledger and scorecard on his computer in which Huckle awarded himself marks for different kinds of abuse of 191 girls and boys.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/14/paedophile-richard-huckle-found-dead-in-prison

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