Who is Ian Huntley and when did the Soham killer murder Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells? – The Sun

IN the summer of 2002 school caretaker Ian Huntley killed schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman after they went missing from a family BBQ.

We take a look at the horrific murders Huntley committed and what his life in prison looks like.

Who is Ian Huntley?

Ian Huntley was a caretaker at Soham Village College in East Anglia.

After the bodies of the two ten-year-old girls were found near an RAF base on August 17, 2002, Huntley was arrested.

He was eventually convicted in 2003 of the girls' murder and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment.

A High Court later set a minimum term of 40 years in jail.

Huntley's girlfriend at the time, Maxine Carr, was the young girls' teaching assistant at St Andrew's Primary School – she was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for perverting the course of justice after giving him a fake alibi.

After Huntley's conviction it was revealed he had previously been investigated for sexual offences and burglary.

What happened to Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman?

The girls were reported missing on Sunday, August 4, 2002, after going to a family barbecue.

They had gone out to buy some sweets and on the way home walked past Huntley's house.

The caretaker invited them into his house and was found guilty of killing them both.

Their bodies were not found until more than a week later, 12 miles from Soham.

What has Huntley said about the murders?

Huntley has begged for forgiveness saying: “I think about them every day.”

In a confession recorded behind bars and leaked to The Sun in February 2018, Huntley also apologised for the immense pain he caused through his crimes.

He said: “What I will say is that I am so terribly, terribly sorry for what I have done.

“I know the people of Soham took me into their community, they trusted me, gave me a job and a home, and I betrayed them in the worst possible way.

“And I am sorry for what I have done, sorry for the pain I have caused to the families and friends of Holly and Jessica, for the pain I have caused my family and friends, and for the pain I have caused the community of Soham.”

The killer, now 44, confessed on the tape to deliberately killing Jessica to stop her from raising the alarm after Holly died in the bath in what he insists was an accident.

Holly and Jessica’s families were put through the ordeal of a full court hearing in 2003 because Huntley refused to plead guilty.

Huntley also claimed former girlfriend Maxine Carr told lies in court to “distance herself from me.”

He has previously claimed from prison that it was Carr who orchestrated the cover-up after the murders in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

Where is Frankland prison?

HMP Frankland is a Category A men's prison holding up to 808 criminals.

The jail, located in the County Durham village of Brasside, is reserved for lags with a sentence of more than four years and those considered high-risk.

Current prisoners include Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Milly Dowler murderer Levi Bellfield, and Michael Adebolajo – the Muslim extremist responsible for the killing of Lee Rigby.

Former inmates of the jail include killer doctor Harold Shipman, notorious jailbird Charles Bronson, and football pervert Adam Johnson.

What has his daughter said about him?

Samantha Bryan, 18, had lived in ignorance of her father’s true identity until a chance internet search for a school project brought her world crashing down.

She was only four-years-old when Huntley committed one of the most notorious crimes in British history and was granted anonymity by the courts after his conviction.

But Samantha’s mother Katie Webber – who was in a 15-month a relationship with Huntley and left him while still pregnant – has told her daughter: “You are nothing like him.”

Samantha – who hopes to become a paramedic – said: “I try not to even say his name, as to do that is to acknowledge his existence.

“I hate him. He’s never been my dad, he’s nothing more than a sperm donor. To know he is genetically connected to me sickens me.

“I’m speaking out, as I refuse to be ashamed for existing, otherwise I’d become just another of his victims. To acknowledge him as anything else would be to give him a power I will never let him hold over me."

In January 2019 Sammy told Really's – The Killer In My Family – how she couldn't stop crying as harrowing details were revealed to her about her dad's evil deeds.

She said: "I didn't want people knowing who my biological father was because I knew certain people had known who he was and they'd ask a lot of questions so I just wanted it to be something I'd keep to myself."

Has Ian Huntley changed his name while in prison?

A signed picture of Huntley sent from Frankland revealed he had changed his name to Lian.

Huntley's face is accompanied by the message: "Best Wishes. Ian Lian Huntley."

The Sun revealed how Huntley is able to buy make-up at the Durham all-male prison.

And he has been telling his fellow lags to call him by his new feminine name.

Huntley flipped and kicked a prison officer as the pressure of 16 years behind bars takes its toll on the Soham killer.

The murderer sobbed when he was banged up in solitary for a second time, days after another flare-up.

He was stripped of privileges including his £20-a-week painting job, with a jail source branding the kick “pathetic”.

Huntley was first slung in the grim segregation cell for swearing.

He told a male official to “f*** off” in breach of strict prison rules. The killer was then hauled in front of governors for an adjudication hearing, but flipped seconds after it was adjourned.

As he was escorted away Huntley kicked out at a male officer, who avoided injury.

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