Durham inmate admits trying to kill Soham murderer Ian Huntley in prison

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A FELLOW prisoner of Ian Huntley has admitted trying to kill the Soham murderer in jail.

Damien Fowkes pleaded guilty to slashing Huntley’s throat in HMP Frankland in Durham in March last year, when he appeared before Hull Crown Court.

*** NO ONLINE USE ***'Damien Fowkes, jailed in 2002, serving a life sentence for robbing family at knifepoint.  He cornered Soham murderer Ian Huntley int eh prison kitchen and slashed his throat with a razorblade stuck into the handle of a toothbrush.

*** NO ONLINE USE ***'Damien Fowkes, jailed in 2002, serving a life sentence for robbing family at knifepoint. He cornered Soham murderer Ian Huntley int eh prison kitchen and slashed his throat with a razorblade stuck into the handle of a toothbrush.

The 35-year-old also admitted causing the death of child killer Colin Hatch, who was strangled at Full Sutton Prison near York in February.

He was initially charged with Hatch’s murder but his plea of guilty to manslaughter was accepted on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The court heard how Fowkes shows “strong psychopathic traits” and had attacked Huntley on the health care wing of Frankland, where the killer of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman had been working as a cleaner.

Using a home-made weapon he slashed Huntley causing a “severe gaping cut to the left side of his neck”. The judge was told the wound was 7in (18cm) long and required 21 stitches.

Graham Reeds, prosecuting, said: “It was good fortune that it missed all the vital structures in the neck.”

The court heard that when Fowkes, who was serving a life sentence for robbery, heard he had not killed Huntley, he said: “I wish I had.”