Girls’ mur­derer claims: ‘I’ll be out in three years’

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ISO­BEL DICK­IN­SON Chief Re­porter iso­bel.dick­in­son@dai­

CHILD killer Ian Huntley has boasted he will be free within three years.

The So­ham mur­derer told fel­low pris­on­ers at HMP Fran­k­land he will chal­lenge a rule stop­ping him ap­ply­ing for pa­role for 40 years.

A High Court judge ruled Huntley should have no chance of pa­role un­til

2042, and should re­main in prison un­less he con­fessed to killing Holly Wells and Jes­sica Chap­man.

But Huntley be­lieves he should be able to make a bid for free­dom af­ter 18 years of his life sen­tence, which is in three years’ time.

And the killer, who mur­dered the school pals in 2002, sparked fur­ther out­rage by say­ing he wants a move to a cushier jail.

A prison in­sider re­vealed to the Daily Star Sun­day: “Huntley sees him­self as a re­formed char­ac­ter and has been com­plain­ing about his 40year sen­tence.

“He has been bang­ing on about it to fel­low in­mates and some guards.

“Huntley has been telling peo­ple he is a dif­fer­ent per­son and be­lieves he should be al­lowed to ap­ply for pa­role af­ter serv­ing 18 years, which isn’t even half his sen­tence.

“He also some­how thinks he should now be moved to a lower-cat­e­gory prison, where the regime is more lib­eral.

“He’s ac­tu­ally told peo­ple he thinks his sen­tence was overly long.”

The in­sider said Huntley had been at­tend­ing a string of self-help classes and meet­ings in­side Cat­e­gory A Fran­k­land jail in a bid to con­vince bosses he was a changed man.

They added: “Huntley does his best to avoid trou­ble in prison. He keeps his head down and avoids most of the real hard cases, mostly be­cause they will at­tack him given half a chance.

“It’s all part of his wider plan to try and make out that he’s this re­formed char­ac­ter.

“He at­tends all the self-help or self­im­prove­ment meet­ings, any­thing which shows him in a pos­i­tive light.”

But our source claimed it was all an act, and that Huntley was as evil and de­luded as ever.

They said: “Ev­ery so of­ten his guard will drop and you’ll find him talk­ing about some hor­rific mur­der with an­other of the Fran­k­land mur­der­ers.

“He is a very evil, ma­nip­u­la­tive killer and al­ways will be. Huntley is as dan­ger­ous to­day as the day he walked into Fran­k­land, which is one of the rea­sons why he’s still in a topse­cu­rity prison.

“He’s done 15 years but has still not shown any real re­morse. His only con­cern is for him­self and not for the pain he has caused.”

Ear­lier this year we re­vealed how des­per­ate Huntley had told prison bosses he wanted to be­come a woman in a bid to be moved.

The Pa­role Board, un­der present rules, would only sanc­tion his re­lease if it was con­vinced he was no longer a risk to the pub­lic.

Huntley re­peat­edly lied at his Old Bailey trial, claim­ing that one of the 10-year-old girls had died af­ter fall­ing in his bath­room and he ac­ci­den­tally smoth­ered the other while try­ing to stop her scream­ing.

Jes­sica and Holly, dressed in match­ing Manch­ester United shirts, were last seen in So­ham, Cam­bridgeshire, on Au­gust 4, 2002.

They had walked past care­taker Huntley’s bun­ga­low where he lived with his for­mer fi­ancée.

Huntley en­ticed them in­side and killed them both. He then took their bod­ies in his car to a re­mote ditch where he stripped them naked and set them alight.

He later re­turned to So­ham and pre­tended to take part in the search for the girls, even giv­ing tear­ful TV in­ter­views.

When the badly de­com­posed bod­ies were found it was im­pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine the cause of death and whether or not the girls had been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

VIC­TIMS: Holly and Jes­sica

TOUGH: Fran­k­land Prison, where Huntley “keeps his head down”

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