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Double murderer killed prison inmate to "punish evil"

Victor Castigador
Victor Castigador

A prisoner serving life in a British jail for a vicious double murder brutally battered another inmate to death with a rock in a furious assault, claiming it was his job "to punish evil".

Victor Castigador used a stone wrapped in a pair of socks to rain what witnesses called "full velocity" blows down on the head and body of fellow inmate and convicted child-killer Sidonio Teixeira.

After carrying out what a judge called the "brutal, savage, merciless and unprovoked attack" inside the maximum-security HMP Long Lartin jail in June this year, Castigador told a prisoner officer "he pissed me off, he deserved what he had".

Castigador, who is already serving life in prison for the 1989 "human torch" killings of two security guards, was handed another whole-life jail term by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.

The 61-year-old, originally from the Philippines, described to police in detail how he had smashed his fellow prisoner's skull and claimed that as a former member of a Filipino death squad he was only doing his "job".

He told detectives: "I'm wrong to kill somebody, but it's my job.

"When I was in my country I was a member of a liquidation squad. Sometimes, you have to punish evil."

After the bloody attack at the Worcestershire jail, Castigador said 59-year-old Teixeira was a "horrible man and a bully", bluntly stating that if his victim had survived he would have "killed him again".

In another remark, he added: "He won't need an ambulance. He's dead."

His victim, who was himself serving life for murdering his three-year-old daughter, was pronounced dead after suffering multiple severe head injuries.

The court heard how Castigador had taken a rock from the prison aquarium and made threats "to do something bad" to his victim in the days leading up to the assault.

Opening the case for the Crown, Peter Grieves-Smith said: "He told a prison officer he was increasingly frustrated by the victim's behaviour and said he treated all the prisoners with contempt, and rubbed people up the wrong way."

Castigador's threats culminated in the deadly pre-meditated attack launched at about 9am on June 20 in a holding area outside the prison workshop.

A supervisor told how she suddenly heard "thudding" noises coming from the area.

When a prison officer intervened, Castigador immediately stopped the attack and sat quietly before he was taken off to segregation "as if the fury directed to Teixeira had been turned off, just like that", said Mr Grieves-Smith.

The barrister said Castigador had "a history of violence" against other prisoners, stabbing a fellow inmate in the eye with a makeshift weapon in 2006 and attacking another in 2011.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told Castigador he had wrongly set himself up as "something of an enforcer" in jail and that it was "a terrible, terrible thing to take another life".

Returning Castgador to prison, he said: "You sought to justify your actions by saying Mr Teixeira was serving a life sentence for murdering his child.

"It is not your job or right to judge others, or pass moral judgements on others, and it is not your job to punish evil."

He added: "You should try and live out your remaining years in prison with some humanity and dignity."

As he went down, Castigador, balding and sporting a long pony tail, stood up and said: "What hope have I got?

"These people are pissing on me.

"He came to me, he's asking for that.

"I'm sorry your honour - thank you very much."

Castigador was given a 25-year minimum term after an amusement arcade robbery and double murder in 1989, but the Home Secretary later increased the tariff to a whole life order.

The "callous, despicable and inhuman" killings claimed the lives of two security guards who were tied up, doused in petrol and set alight at the arcade in Wardour Street, Soho.

Castigador, then aged 34 and living in Bow, east London, was arrested within days of the robbery, which left two other victims with serious burns