Britain’s worst paedophile Richard Huckle scored each victim’s abuse in sick journal


Richard Huckle was serving 22 life sentences for his sick abuse of more than 200 children when he was found strangled to death in his prison cell.

The 33-year-old was attacked by fellow prisoner, Paul Fitzgerald, who strangled Huckle with a length of electrical wire before slamming a pen into his brain.

Fitzgerald later said he would liked to have cooked bits of Huckle’s body, and would have gone on to kill other inmates but he was “having too much fun”.

Jurors were told that Huckle was murdered in a “prolonged attack designed to humiliate and degrade him” at HMP Full Sutton, in East Yorkshire, on October 13, 2019.

Fitzgerald, 30, denied murder but has now been found guilty and said he wanted Huckle to feel what his victims had felt in the vicious attack which he said was “poetic justice”.

Huckle had been jailed three years before his death after being found guilty of an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years.

The freelance photographer, from Ashford in Kent, targeted vulnerable youngsters while volunteering in orphanages in Malaysia.

His campaign of terror against young and vulnerable children lasted for a horrifying nine years and when he was jailed a member of the public shouted “a thousand deaths is too good for you”.

Huckle had pleaded guilty to 71 charges of crimes against young people but officers investigating the case believe he could have been responsible for many more.

He boasted about how easy it was to abuse children from impoverished backgrounds and even created a “truly evil” manual for other paedophiles.

The sick paedophile had also created a ledger, which contained horrific details of his abuse.

Huckle scored the scale of abuse that each victim suffered and from these sick notes, police believe he could have targeted up to 200 young victims.

Since his arrest police have only been able to find photographic evidence of the horrific abuse of 29 children – aged between six months and 12.

Huckle has refused to hand over the passwords for encrypted areas of his hard drive.

It was while he was working as an English teacher in South East Asia that Huckle started to target vulnerable and poverty-stricken children.

He had first visited Malaysia when he was just 19 and on a gap year and when police managed to crack into part of his hard drive, they found more than 20,000 abuse images on his laptop.

At his trial, Huckle insisted he had “no regrets” about moving to Malaysia and in a chilling letter to his solicitors blamed “external factors” for his horrifying abuse.

Huckle hit out at the “poor attitude to child welfare” and “the pathetic, perverted lust of those who lured me onto the dark net”.

At his trial, his barrister told the court Huckle had little sexual experience with adults because he “lacked confidence with women”.

It took more than an hour to read out each one of the sick 71 charges, which included rape, sexual assualt and sexual activity with a child.

Huckle forced some victims to pose with sick slogans advertising his foul images, which he sold for Bitcoins on the TLZ website on the dark web – the encrypted version of the internet.

He even tried to make his paedophilia a full-time job by crowdfunding the release of his sick images.

Huckle targeted his victims by using his respected position as a teacher to gain access to the most vulnerable children in society.

Many of them were orphans and living in care and he even took one five-year-old out to celebrate her fifth birthday before molesting her at his home.

He also abused children while pretending to be taking them on a day trip from the children’s homes they were living in.

In one part of his sick plan, Huckle planned to marry one of his young victims and set up his own foster home.

He wanted to create a “cycle of children” that would live in his home and then move on so he could turn his sick abuse into a full-time role.

Sick Huckle also created a paedophile manual, Paedophiles And Poverty: Child Lover Guide.

He was finally arrested in December 2014 when he flew home to the UK to spend Christmas with his family.

Huckle was brought into custody as part of a huge international operation into a website on the dark web but because he had no criminal record, the twisted abuser was initially released on bail.

His parents grilled him about the charges and at first Huckle insisted he was innocent.

When he finally confessed his guilt, his parents refused to let him into the family home and he was placed back in custody.

He pleaded guilty to 71 of the 91 charges and on June 6, 2016, was handed 22 life sentences.

Sentencing Huckle, Judge Peter Rook QC, told him: “Your offending behaviour became entrenched in your everyday life.

“Your life revolved around your sexual activities with young children. Your distorted beliefs in respect of children are deep-seated. Your self-delusion knows no bounds.”

James Traynor, from the NCA’s child exploitation and online protection command, added: “Richard Huckle spent several years integrating himself into the community in which he lived, making himself a trusted figure.

“But he abused that trust in the worst possible way.

“He deliberately travelled to a part of the world where he thought he could abuse vulnerable children without being caught.”