Roy Whiting: Pedo child killer's attacker in prison brags 'I've done what everyone wanted to do'

Pedophile Whiting has been jailed in the correctional facility since 2001, serving time for the abduction and murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne


                            Roy Whiting: Pedo child killer's attacker in prison brags 'I've done what everyone wanted to do'
Richard Prendergast, Roy Whiting and Kevin Hyden (Nottinghamshire Police/ Getty Images/ West Mercia Police)

Infamous child-killer Roy Whiting was attacked in jail by a prisoner who later boasted, "I've done what everyone wanted to do," The Sun reported.

As previously reported by MEAWW, the two men used a makeshift blade to attack Whiting, 61, behind bars where he is serving life for the brutal murder of Sarah Payne. It was during the court hearing that it was revealed how one of the prisoners, Kevin Hyden, allegedly bragged about the incident.

Convicted murderers Hyden and Richard Prendergast had attacked Whiting in his cell with a shank while shouting "get him in the neck". They also called him a "f***ing nonce", prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told the court. The two lifers attacked Whiting in Wakefield Prison in November 2018, as told to the Leeds Crown Court.

Pendergast, 40, had armed himself with two pieces of wood that had a 6.7cm screw sticking out from between them. Hyden, also 40, went for a similar screw to attack Whiting. According to Sharp, one of the attackers shouted "you f****** nonce" while stabbing and punching Whiting multiple times on November 8, 2018. One of them also screamed, "Stab him, stab him, get him in the neck." The beating continued for a whole minute with Whiting being pulled up by the hair before the prison officers arrived with batons.

Pedophile Whiting has been jailed in the correctional facility since 2001, serving time for the abduction and murder of eight-year-old Payne. He suffered puncture wounds all over his upper body, including his head and neck. Crawling under his bed in an attempt to protect himself, Whiting had said: "I looked down at the floor and I was laid in a pool of my own blood." A nurse found Whiting with stab wounds and he wasn't breathing. She rushed to his aid in cell three, in the Delta wing, and later Whiting was inserted a plastic tube to give him an airway while he was in respiratory arrest.

Whiting shared how he had never had any trouble with the other inmates, having grown quite used to being called "nonce, pedophile and baby killer". In a statement post the attack, Whiting had said, "I have a couple of friends who I talk to but I do also get quite a lot of verbal abuse. They call me names such as nonce, rapist, child killer. I do try to ignore the comments as I have got so used to them now."

Whiting was arrested for kidnapping Payne while she was playing hide and seek with her sister and two brothers. After being questioned about the little girl's disappearance, he had been released, only to be re-arrested later. The mechanic initially denied he had anything to do with the child's death but was then found guilty of murder in December 2001 and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. In 2010, his 50-year minimum sentence for the murder was cut down to 40.

Judge Tom Bayliss QC said the attacker's motivation mattered "not a jot", calling their victim's notoriety "irrelevant". The pair was jailed for another seven-and-a-half years, meaning another five years to be added to the minimum time served before they can be considered for release. Prendergast's is a minimum 19-year sentence, while Hyden's is a minimum term of 32 years. 

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