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Guilty of killing a York inmate

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5:24pm 4th October 2011

A prisoner has admitted killing a fellow inmate at a prison near York and trying to kill Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

36 year Damien Fowkes has pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to the manslaughter of child killer Colin Hatch, who was strangled at Full Sutton Prison in February.

He also admitted slashing Huntley's throat in Frankland Prison in Durham in March 2010.

Fowkes had initially been charged with murdering Hatch, but his plea of guilty to manslaughter was accepted today (Tuesday 4th October 2011) by the prosecution on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He appeared in a sealed dock at court surrounded by five prison officers.

The court heard Fowkes showed "strong psychopathic traits" and had expressed a particular hatred for child killers.

Reporter Frazer Maude was at the court in Hull.

He describes what happened after the attack on Ian Huntley:

 



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