Richard Huckle killing: Man charged with murder of one of UK's worst paedophiles

24 January 2020, 13:31 | Updated: 24 January 2020, 14:48

A man has been charged with the murder of one of Britain's worst paedophiles, police have said.

Richard Huckle was serving 22 life sentences when he was found dead in his cell at Full Sutton prison in Yorkshire on 13 October last year.

The 33-year-old freelance photographer, from Ashford in Kent, was told in 2016 he must spend a minimum of 25 years in jail for abusing up to 200 children.

He was reportedly stabbed to death with a makeshift blade.

Paul Fitzgerald, 29, is accused of the killing and will appear via video link at Beverley Magistrates' Court in East Yorkshire on 5 February, Humberside Police said.

Huckle used religion and an English teaching qualification to gain access to children in an impoverished community in Malaysia where he raped babies, toddlers and children - some over a seven-year period.

He admitted an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.

A stream of pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults were shared with paedophiles worldwide on the dark web.

He even tried to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowdfunding the release of the images.

Huckle was working on a guide to help paedophiles abuse children and get away with it when he was arrested.

As well as the draft of Huckle's paedophile manual, they found his "Pedopoints ledger" in which he awarded himself marks for acts of depravity with children.