Prisoner boasted 'I've done what everyone wanted to do' after attacking child killer with makeshift shank

A PRISONER boasted "I've done what everyone wanted to do" after attacking child killer Roy Whiting with a makeshift blade in jail, a court heard.

Evil Whiting was battered behind bars by two lags while serving life for the murder of Sarah Payne.

The two convicted murderers attacked Whiting in his cell with shanks as they shouted "get him in the neck" and called him a "nonce", a judge heard.

Yesterday, The Sun revealed Whiting feared he would be killed after the brutal attack.

Whiting was attacked by Richard Prendergast and Kevin Hyden in Wakefield Prison in November, 2018, Leeds Crown Court heard.

He was jailed for life in 2001 for the abduction and murder of eight-year-old Sarah.


Prendergast, 40, armed himself with two pieces of wood with a 6.7cm screw sticking out between them.

Hyden, 40, also used a screw to attack Whiting, the court heard.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said one of the lifers shouted "you f****** nonce" as they stabbed and punched him multiple times on November 8, 2018.

One also screamed: "Stab him, stab him, get him in the neck."

Mr Sharp said Whiting was pulled up by the hair and the one-minute beating continued until prisons officers arrived with batons.

Mr Sharp said Hyden bragged he had "done what everyone else wanted to do".

Whiting suffered puncture wounds all over his head, neck and upper body.

He crawled under his bed in an attempt to protect himself during the attack, adding: “I looked down at the floor and I was laid in a pool of my own blood.”

A nurse who rushed to his aid in cell three on Delta wing found Whiting with multiple stab wounds and not breathing.

He was in respiratory arrest so they inserted a plastic tube to give him an airway.

Judge Tom Bayliss QC told Whiting's attackers it mattered "not a jot" what the pair's motivation was for attacking Whiting, saying their victim's notoriety was "irrelevant".

He jailed the pair for another seven-and-a-half years, and said it meant five years would be added to the minimum terms they must already serve before being considered for release.

Prendergast was jailed for life with a minimum term of 19 years in 2018 for murdering a 44-year-old man he falsely accused of stealing his mobile phone.

Hyden was jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years after he tortured and killed a 59-year-old woman who lived next door to him as he looked for money for drugs.

Both category A prisoners admitted causing Whiting, 61, grievous bodily harm with intent earlier this week.


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