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article imageKiller of 10-year-old girls sues over attack in prison

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 30, 2010 in Crime
The murderer of two 10-year-old girls is suing the Ministry of Justice after being attacked in prison. Ian Huntley’s throat was slashed in March at Frankland Prison in County Durham.
BBC News reported that Huntley, 36, is understood to be claiming £20,000 for injuries suffered and a sum - listed at £60,000 in one report - for failing in their duty of care towards him.
The Daily Mail reported that he was apparently ambushed by convicted robber Damien Fowkes, who is alleged to have slashed his throat with a razor blade melted into a toothbrush.
Prison officers, responding to screams, found Huntley lying on the floor in a pool of blood. The prisoner was taken to hospital and then placed in the jail’s medical wing.
Earlier this year the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw said the government had no intention of paying compensation to Huntley.
The killer could use legal aid to fight his case.
As well as suing the government department, he could claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The families of his victims received £11,000 each from the authority.
The former school caretaker killed Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002 after luring them to his home. Maxine Carr, a teaching assistant and his girlfriend at the time, was also charged.
She was convicted of perverting the course of justice and has already been released and given a new identity.
It is believed that Huntley has tried to commit suicide three times since being convicted in 2003. He was placed in Frankland, a high security prison, in 2008.
A week before Huntley was attacked, an inmate with a shard of glass stabbed three prison officers.
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