Sarah Payne killer claims he's a 'dead man walking', vows to sue prison chiefs after being attacked in jail four times
Roy Whiting is currently serving a 40-year-sentence for the murder of the eight-year-old Sarah Payne, whom he abducted while she was playing with her siblings.
The 60-year-old murderer of schoolgirl Sarah Payne, Roy Whiting, has vowed to fellow inmates that he will sue prison chiefs after they had failed to protect him behind bars and rendered him a "dead man walking." The man has been attacked at least four times while being locked up in prison.
The cold-blooded killer, who is currently serving at least 40 years for murdering eight-year-old Sarah Payne, hopes to use any damages he wins to fund his jail lifestyle so that he can quit his day job packing goods in a prison workshop, where he gets £21($27.34)-a-week, the Daily Star reports.
Sarah's body was found in a field around 15 miles from her grandparents' home, where she was playing hide and seek with her brothers when Whiting abducted her back in 2000. The maximum security Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire, where Whiting is being held, is also known as "Monster Mansion" as it houses some of Britain's most dangerous criminals.
“Whiting is sensing some cash so he can sit in his cell all day and not work," a source said. "He has to clock on in the workshop to earn money because if he makes himself unemployed he will get about £2.50 ($3.25)-a-week. He reckons the fact that he has to leave his cell each day to go to work makes him a target and says it is only a matter of time before he’s done in properly."
The source continued, "He says the prison has failed to look after him and is going to go for £10,000 ($13017) and then he’ll have enough cash in his prison bank account not to work. He claims to be a dead man walking and is fearful for his life.”
Whiting was most recently targeted in November, when he was stabbed by two convicted murderers with makeshift blades or "shanks", and had to be rushed to the ER. According to jail records, this was the fourth time he was attacked since being sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for abducting and killing little Sarah in Littlehampton, West Sussex.
In 2002, Whiting was on his way to fetch some hot water in Wakefield Prison when he was attacked by convicted murdered Rickie Tregaskis, who slashed him across the right cheek with a razor. The perpetrator, who was already serving a life sentence, got six more years added to his term for carrying out the attack.
Then, nine years later in 2011, Whiting's fellow inmate Gary Vinter, another convicted murderer, stabbed him in the eyes. Again, in 2016, he was battered with a flash of boiling water, but sustained non-life-threatening injuries. In 2017, Whiting was battered with a flask by another prisoner, and the following year he was brutally bashed and left to die by two fellow inmates, who were, once again, convicted killers.