One of Britain’s worst paedophiles stabbed to death in prison cell

Richard Huckle, who abused up to 200 Malaysian children, has been stabbed to death in prison (Picture: PA)

One of Britain’s worst paedophiles – who abused up to 200 Malaysian children – has been stabbed to death in prison. Richard Huckle was killed in his cell at Full Sutton Prison near York, police sources said. The paedophile, from Ashford, Kent, had more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos of his assaults. In 2016, he was given 22 life sentences after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse of children aged between six months and 12 years, between 2006 and 2014. The Sun reported that he had been stabbed to death with a makeshift blade and was found in his cell. During his trial it emerged Huckle, a freelance photographer, awarded himself ‘Pedopoints’ for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters. He sold images of his depravity on the dark web.

Richard Huckle bragged that it was easier to target impoverished children in Malaysia than those from wealthy Western backgrounds (Picture SWNS)

He awarded himself ‘Pedopoints’ for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters (Picture: Central)

In online posts, he bragged that it was easier to target impoverished children in Malaysia than those from wealthy Western backgrounds. Commenting on one of his victims, he boasted: ‘I’d hit the jackpot, a 3yo girl as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care.’ At the time of his arrest, he was writing a guide to teach fellow paedophiles how to abuse children and avoid detection. Huckle 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 Huckle’s encrypted laptop and found the huge number of child abuse pictures and videos. There were other files that police were unable to crack.