Life imprisonment for Durham inmate who tried to kill Soham murderer Ian Huntley

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A JUDGE has called for an urgent review of high-security prisons after hearing how a psychopathic inmate slashed Soham killer Ian Huntley across the neck and then killed another child murderer at a second jail.

 Mr Justice Coulson made his comments after sentencing Damien Fowkes, 36, to life in prison for the attempted murder of Huntley and the manslaughter of paedophile and child-killer Colin Hatch.

*** 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 judge ruled Fowkes will serve a minimum of 20 years before he is considered for release.

 Hull Crown Court has heard how Fowkes attacked Huntley in the healthcare unit at Frankland Prison, in Durham, in March last year, leaving him with a gaping wound.

 Fowkes was then transferred to Full Sutton Prison, near York, where he barricaded himself into a cell with Hatch as prison officers waited outside for fear he would kill his prisoner if they entered.

 He killed Hatch anyway by strangling him with a ligature.