A PROLIFIC child sex criminal known as the ‘gap year paedophile’ has been stabbed to death in prison.
Former English teacher Richard Huckle, 33, abused up to 200 children while volunteering in Christian orphanages in Malaysia.
He was reportedly attacked with a makeshift blade at HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire on Sunday and was found dead in his cell.
Humberside Police said they are treating his death as ‘suspicious’.
In 2016, Huckle was given 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey for an unprecedented catalogue of abuse between 2006 and 2014. He admitted 71 sex crimes against children aged between six months and 12 years.
The freelance photographer, from Ashford, Kent, awarded himself ‘pedopoints’ for various acts of abuse against 191 youngsters, and sold images of his depravity on the dark web. In online posts, Huckle bragged that it was easier to target impoverished children in Asia than those from the west.
Commenting on one of his victims, he boasted: ‘I’d hit the jackpot, a three-year-old 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 arrested at Gatwick Airport on the way 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 open.
A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: ‘An investigation has been launched following an incident at HMP Full Sutton on Sunday, October 13.
‘We were called shortly after 12.30pm to reports that a man had died at the prison. We are working closely with the Prison Service to investigate the death of an inmate and at this time we are treating the death as suspicious.’ The Prison Service would not comment while the police probe continued.