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Man admits attempted murder of inmate who cut Soham killer’s throat

Ian Huntley
Ian Huntley

A prisoner has admitted the attempted murder of an inmate who was jailed for slashing the throat of Soham killer Ian Huntley.

Prosecutors say Kevin McCarthy, 49, seriously assaulted 41-year-old Damien Fowkes at HMP Whitemoor in March, Cambridgeshire, leaving him with life-threatening injuries to his neck.

McCarthy pleaded guilty to attempted murder in a videolink hearing at Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday. He will be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday.

Fowkes is serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 20 years for the attempted murder of Ian Huntley and the manslaughter of paedophile and child-killer Colin Hatch at a second jail.

A sentencing hearing at Hull Crown Court in 2011 heard how Fowkes attacked Huntley in the healthcare unit at Frankland Prison, in Durham, in 2010, leaving him with a gaping wound.

It was Huntley's "good fortune" that the 7in (18cm) wound Fowkes inflicted with a razor melted on to a piece of plastic cutlery missed vital parts of his anatomy.

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.

Huntley is serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 40 years for the murders of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham, Cambridgeshire in 2002.

McCarthy attacked Fowkes on October 2 2016.