Roy Whiting plans to cash in on prison beating by claiming thousands in compensation

KILLER Roy Whiting is planning on cashing in on his latest prison beating by claiming thousands in compensation.

Whiting — who abducted and murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne in 2000 — wants to sue prison bosses for failing to protect him.



Last week, his attackers, murderers Richard Prendergast and Kevin Hyden, both 40, were handed a further 7½ years’ jail time after admitting wounding him with intent.

A prison source said: “Whiting knows he is a marked man so tries to keep his head down.

“He has a job making towels in the textile workshop but every time he leaves his cell he puts himself at risk. 

“He’s well aware that suing the authorities will get him more cash than any prison job ever will.

“Whatever he pockets, he can use to improve his life behind bars.”




Whiting has been assaulted numerous times since beginning a life term in 2001. 

In November 2018, Prendergast and Hyden battered him for more than a minute at HMP Wakefield with shanks — homemade weapons — containing 2.5in wood screws. 

Whiting, 61, said he feared for his life and hid under his bed to try and escape. 

In 2017, Whiting was battered with a flask but did not need hospital treatment. In 2011, he left hospital in a wheelchair after double murderer Gary Vinter stabbed him in the eye with a sharpened toilet brush handle.

And in 2002 murderer Rickie Tregaskis slashed his cheek with a razor blade, leaving a 6in scar.

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