A prison inmate has been charged with the murder of “Britain’s worst paedophile”, police have confirmed.
Paul Fitzgerald, 29, was charged with the murder of Richard Huckle at HMP Full Sutton, East Yorkshire, in October 2019, according to Humberside Police.
Fitzgerald was initially arrested on suspicion of murder on January 13, after Huckle was fatally stabbed in his prison cell with a makeshift blade.
In a statement released on Friday, 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.
“Paul Fitzgerald is due to appear via video link at Beverley Magistrates Court on Wednesday February 5.”
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Huckle was given 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2016 for an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years.
The freelance photographer, from Ashford in Kent, awarded himself “Pedopoints” for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters.
Man charged in connection with the murder of Richard Huckle at HMP Full Sutton on 13 Oct 2019.— Humberside Police (@Humberbeat) January 24, 2020
Paul Fitzgerald (29) of HMP Wakefield has today been charged with murder. He is due to appear via video link at Beverley Magistrates Court on Wed 5 Feb 2020. pic.twitter.com/UW9kxtvuJx
He sold pictures of his offences on the dark web, and bragged online that it was easier to target impoverished children in Malaysia than western countries.
He was arrested when he was stopped at Gatwick Airport en route to spend Christmas with his family in 2014, after Australian authorities tipped off the UK’s National Crime Agency.
Officers seized his encrypted laptop and managed to uncover more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos although there were other files they were unable to crack.
Fitzgerald is due to appear via video-link at Beverley Magistrates Court for sentencing on February 5.