A prisoner has been found guilty of the murder of “Britain’s worst pedophile” in an attack he says was “poetic justice” for the children who abused Richard Huckle.
Paul Fitzgerald, 30, said he wanted Huckle to feel what his victims had felt after strangling him with an electrical cable sheath, inserting a pin into his brain, and entering his anus and lower intestine with a blunt object.
It took the Hull Crown Court jurors about an hour to convict Fitzgerald of murder after a four-day trial.
Alistair MacDonald QC opened the case last week, saying the October 2019 attack was intended to “humiliate and degrade” Huckle, whom Fitzgerald described as “Britain’s worst pedophile”.
The prosecutor said Huckle was a “predatory pedophile” who was “notorious in the press” and had been extradited and tried in the UK for a large number of child sexual assaults.
Mr. MacDonald said Fitzgerald told doctors he sexually assaulted Huckle, even though he didn’t consider him sexually attractive.
The lawyer said, “He thought it was poetic justice and he wanted Richard Huckle to feel what all those kids had felt.
He said Richard Huckle was a man who raped and abused children for fun and that he suspected that Richard Huckle had done more than just rape his victims.
“Inserting an object into his anus, and possibly into his brain, was, the prosecution said, a form of punishment related to the crime that led Mr. Huckle to prison.”
The court heard that Fitzgerald brought a number of items to Huckle’s cell in HMP Full Sutton, including weapons belonging to the defendant, such as a melted toothbrush with a screw in it, and items used as a ligature and bands for the victim’s hands and feet .
Mr. MacDonald said, “This was a carefully planned and executed attack, in which Mr. Huckle was the victim of a protracted attack that was also intended to humiliate and humiliate him.”
He said that after the East Yorkshire prison attack, Fitzgerald had told staff that he “liked” it and would have continued murdering other inmates, but that he was “having too much fun”.
He also said that he “killed Mr. Huckle in cold blood” and that he would have liked to boil bits of his body.
Fitzgerald denied murder, saying his medical conditions – including mixed personality disorder, psychopathy, and gender identity disorder – affected his ability to exercise self-control.
The court heard on Monday that the defendant said he was “constantly brooding” in his head about torture, rape, and murder, saying, “My problem is that I just can’t control myself.
“I don’t have the ability to look at people and see them as human beings. I don’t appreciate them, I don’t care about them.
“I don’t feel bad when I hurt people, I don’t have the ability to feel sorry.”
He will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday.