Man who murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne savagely attacked in jail cell by fellow inmates

59-year-old pedophile Roy Whiting kidnapped eight-year-old Sarah Payne in July 2000 from a lane in the countryside next to her grandparents' home before abusing and killing her


                            Man who murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne savagely attacked in jail cell by fellow inmates

Notorious child killer Roy Whiting was left "drenched in blood" in what has been reported as a vicious attack in prison. The 59-year-old pedophile was jailed for life in 2001 for murdering eight-year-old Sarah Payne. He was "left for dead" after being attacked by two convicted murderers in his cell. Whiting was "repeatedly" stabbed with makeshift blades before the alert officers at the high-security Wakefield prison in West Yorkshire were able to stop it.

The Sun reported that he was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in Leeds in a "critical" condition after receiving multiple stab wounds to his upper body. The medics initially thought that he wouldn't make it through the night but the quick thinking of the prison staff and the medics were able to save him.

Undated picture of Roy Whiting, 42, who has been found guilty by a jury at Lewes Crown Court of kidnapping and murdering Sarah Payne (Source: PA Images via Getty Images)
Undated picture of Roy Whiting, 42, who has been found guilty by a jury at Lewes Crown Court of kidnapping and murdering Sarah Payne (Source: PA Images via Getty Images)

Sources told the publication that Whiting received crucial treatment before he lost too much blood. He was monitored carefully for some time and is now back in Wakefield in the prison's healthcare wing. The pedophile is said to be in a "stable" condition. 

A source said: "If Whiting had been stabbed in the street, he might have died. Because he was in prison, every alarm was raised and he was rushed to hospital within minutes. It’s a testament to the professionalism of the staff involved that he survived. He may not deserve it, but he’s a lucky man indeed."

Whiting was reportedly in his cell on November 8 when the two convicted murderers rushed in and started stabbing him. Sources have told The Sun that the attack was vicious. One said: "He was drenched in blood." 

This is the third time that Whiting, who is serving a minimum of 40 years behind bars, has been gravely injured in prison after being targeted by fellow inmates. He was beaten with a hot water flask in January 2016 but did not require treatment at a hospital for that.

Five years before that, convicted double murderer Gary Vinter, who stands at 6ft7in tall, stabbed the child killer in the eye with a sharpened toilet brush handle. Whiting did not lose the eye in the attack that took place only yards away from his cell. In 2002, convicted murderer Rickie Tregaskis slashed at Whiting's face which left him with a six-inch scar on his right cheek. 

Sarah Payne (Source: Find A Grave)
Sarah Payne (Source: Find A Grave)

Whiting Roy Whiting in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, while she was playing hide and seek with her sister and two brothers. He was questioned about her disappearance the following day but was released. He was 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 years.

A spokesperson for the Prison Service said in a statement: "A prisoner at HMP Wakefield was attacked on Thursday evening and received hospital treatment. The prisoner is now back in the prison in a stable condition and the incident is being investigated by the police."