Child killer murdered in jail

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Child killer Colin Hatch murdered | UK news | The Guardian

An inmate of one of Britain's highest-security jails has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a child killer, Colin Hatch, in his cell.

Police are questioning the 35-year-old man after Hatch, who was 38 and serving an indefinite life term, died at Full Sutton prison, near York.

A team of detectives moved into the heavily guarded complex which has housed al-Qaida and Provisional IRA terrorists. Forensic searches are under way and staff and other inmates are being questioned.

Hatch was a serial abuser of young boys from the age of 15. During his trial in 1994, for the abduction, abuse and murder of seven-year-old Sean Williams, the court was told that he fantasised about such crimes.

He was recommended for Broadmoor after an earlier attack in which he almost choked to death an eight-year-old boy, but medical staff at the secure hospital did not consider him to be sufficiently dangerous.

He murdered Sean shortly after release on parole from a three-year sentence for the choking assault, and was told on sentencing at the Old Bailey it was unlikely he would ever again be released. Judge Nina Lowry referred to a series of other assaults and said that it was not possible to envisage a time when the "highly dangerous" paedophile might be freed.

She told him: "As of today, life imprisonment should mean what it says. In my judgment, you should never be released back into the community while there remains the slightest danger you will reoffend."

Humberside police said that the arrested inmate was being questioned at Full Sutton but would be transferred in due course to police custody. A spokesman for Detective Superintendent Dena Fleming, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: "We had a call at 7.24pm on Tuesday evening reporting that there was an ongoing incident at the prison.

"At 8pm we received a further call stating that a 38-year-old man involved in the incident had died. That man was prisoner Colin Hatch and his family have been informed. A postmortem is being held."

Full Sutton was last the subject of an unannounced inspection in November 2007, which found that in spite of the high number of potentially dangerous inmates, the complex was a "commendably stable and largely safe environment".

The prisons inspectorate reported that "the security department was well staffed and impressively organised and the work of the intelligence unit was particularly noteworthy. Security impacted across the establishment, but it was generally proportionate to prisoner risk. Despite some complaints from prisoners, categorisation and allocation arrangements were appropriate."

Prisoner safety in high-security jails was reviewed after a Bosnian Serb war criminal, 62-year-old Radislav Krstic, was severely wounded in a knife attack by three Muslim lifers at Wakefield prison in West Yorkshire. The trio were given additional, concurrent life sentences on Monday for the attack last May.

Hatch had been ostracised and isolated during his 17 years in jail, after details of his crimes were spelt out during and after his Old Bailey trial. Reports described how the jobless 21-year-old smirked in the dock after the jury unanimously found him guilty in 1994 of murdering Sean.

The child's body was found wrapped in bin liners and dumped in a lift at the tower block in Finchley, north London, where Hatch lived. The court heard that another previous assault victim, aged 10, had been attacked by Hatch in the same lift.

Sean's parents, Lynn and John Williams, who criticised the parole board, probation service and prison doctors who treated Hatch, said after his conviction: "Never again must a family have to suffer this experience and never again must Colin Hatch be released back into our community."

Detective Superintendent Duncan Macrae, who led the murder inquiry, called Hatch "a frighteningly cunning criminal who had pulled the wool over the eyes of the authorities and would kill again if he was ever released".

I am generally against the death penalty, but reading this story I can't seem to help thinking that he got what he deserved.
 

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That's not news here. Child abusers are not received well in detention.

Hurting a child is the LAST thing I'd want to go to prison for. Dead man walking.
 

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Hi, what is "an indefinite life term?" Never heard that term before. :confused:
 
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That's not news here. Child abusers are not received well in detention.

Hurting a child is the LAST thing I'd want to go to prison for. Dead man walking.


urban myth its why you hear little of it happening

it will get you seg'd faster than anything
 

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urban myth its why you hear little of it happening

it will get you seg'd faster than anything

This. The friend of mine who went in for accidentally hurting a kid in his care was segregated immediately. He still gets his ass beat.
 

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Justice served. It's a shame that so often society must count on a convicted criminal to do what the state should have done.
 

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Hi, what is "an indefinite life term?" Never heard that term before. :confused:

AFAIK a life sentence is 25 years. Not sure though.

So, not really life, but a hell of a lot of it.
 

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No loss to anyone. Someone just took out the trash. A life sentence = 25 years is total bullsh*t. Life should be just that, you never come out.
 

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Here (in the US), a "life sentence" is exactly what it says - you WILL die (from old age, IF something or someone doesn't get you first?) in prison.

What I think is funny is, that our courts tend to tack on consecutive life sentences, depending on how bad the crime.
 

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Here (in the US), a "life sentence" is exactly what it says - you WILL die (from old age, IF something or someone doesn't get you first?) in prison.

What I think is funny is, that our courts tend to tack on consecutive life sentences, depending on how bad the crime.

No a life sentence generally means you have a chance of parole. Life with out the possibility of parole is a true life sentence. Life usually means first parole hearing after 15 years or what ever the court decides. There are several determining factors on this, Strikes how violent the crime was, priors etc...


Me, I think he got what he deserved. Oh yeah that was not murder it was population control.
 

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That is to prevent parole in cases where parole is a possibility.

Exactly. In some states as I stated life means eligible for parole in x amount of years in some states as low as 7 years. By adding consecutive sentences they can ultimately post pone it indefinitely.
 

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No a life sentence generally means you have a chance of parole. Life with out the possibility of parole is a true life sentence. Life usually means first parole hearing after 15 years or what ever the court decides. There are several determining factors on this, Strikes how violent the crime was, priors etc...


Me, I think he got what he deserved. Oh yeah that was not murder it was population control.
That's actually what I meant, I just figured by putting "life sentence" in quotations, that the "without the possibility of parole" part would still be implied.

Sorry!:D

And, +1.
 

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All good I kinda figured that but wanted others to know the difference. Either way glad he got what he deserved.
 

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My stomach hurts from chuckling.
 

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