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Ian Huntley
Born 31 January 1974 (1974-01-31) (age 34)
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
Conviction(s) Murder
Penalty Life
Status In Prison
Occupation Former Caretaker

Ian Kevin Huntley (born 31 January 1974 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England) is a convicted murderer, who in 2003 was convicted of murdering two 10-year-old girls - Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman - in the case known as the Soham murders. He committed the crimes in August 2002, and is now serving life imprisonment; he is expected to remain in prison until at least 2042. Image File history File links Merge-arrows. ... Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman The Soham murders were a high profile murder case in August 2002 of two ten year old girls, Holly Marie Wells (born October 4, 1991-c. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Grimsby (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Lincolnshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Life imprisonment or life incarceration is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime, often for most or even all of the criminals remaining life, but in fact for a period which varies between jurisdictions: many countries have a maximum possible period of time (usually 7 to 50 years... A janitor is a person who takes care of a building, such as a school, office building, or apartment block. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Grimsby (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Lincolnshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman The Soham murders were a high profile murder case in August 2002 of two ten year old girls, Holly Marie Wells (born October 4, 1991-c. ... August 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December // See also: Afghanistan timeline August 2002 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bombing claims 9 lives, near Safed; there is a shooting attack in Jerusalem, claiming 2; there is an attack upon a settler family, killing... Life imprisonment or life incarceration is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime, often for most or even all of the criminals remaining life, but in fact for a period which varies between jurisdictions: many countries have a maximum possible period of time (usually 7 to 50 years...

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Early life

Ian Kevin Huntley was born in Grimsby, the first son of Kevin and Linda Huntley. When he started secondary school in September 1985 he was a target of bullying. By the time he was 13, the problem had escalated to such an extent that he was transferred to a different school. He left school in the summer of 1990 with 5 A-C grades in his GCSEs. For other uses, see Grimsby (disambiguation). ... Secondary school is a term used to describe an institution where the final stage of compulsory schooling, known as secondary education, takes place. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A very common image in many schools around the world. ... “GCSE” redirects here. ...


Huntley married Claire Evans three days before his 21st birthday in 1995, but they separated not long after.


Soham murders

Main article: Soham murders

Huntley's victims were two 10-year-old girls, Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman. The murders took place in Soham, a small town in Cambridgeshire, on August 4, 2002. Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman The Soham murders were a high profile murder case in August 2002 of two ten year old girls, Holly Marie Wells (born October 4, 1991-c. ... For the Sanskrit word Soham Soham is a small town in the English county of Cambridgeshire. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Huntley, who also used his mother's maiden name of Nixon, was the caretaker at the local secondary school, Soham Village College, at the time of the murders. He was then living with his girlfriend, Maxine Carr, who was a teaching assistant at Holly and Jessica's school, St Andrew's Primary. To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... A janitor is a person who takes care of a building, such as a school, office building, or apartment block. ... Secondary school is a term used to describe an institution where the final stage of compulsory schooling, known as secondary education, takes place. ... Soham Village College is a state secondary school with Foundation Technology College and Language College status in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England. ... Maxine Ann Carr[1] (born February 16, 1977)[2] was the girlfriend of Ian Huntley at the time he committed the August 4, 2002 Soham murders. ...


On the day of the murders, at around 6pm, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman walked past Huntley's rented house in College Close. Huntley asked them to come into the house. He said that Carr was in the house as well, since she had got along well with them, although in fact she had gone to visit family back in Grimsby. Shortly after Wells and Chapman entered 5 College Close, Huntley murdered them. For other uses, see Grimsby (disambiguation). ...


His reasons for committing the murders may never be known, but minutes before seeing the girls Huntley had slammed the telephone down on Carr after a furious argument, as he was suspicious that she was cheating on him. The police believe that Huntley killed the girls in a jealous rage.


After his arrest, Huntley's mental state was assessed to determine whether he suffered from a mental illness, and if he was fit to stand trial. This assessment took place at Rampton Secure Hospital and was carried out by consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Christopher Clark, who Clark stated in court that: A mental illness or mental disorder refers to one of many mental health conditions characterized by distress, impaired cognitive functioning, atypical behavior, emotional dysregulation, and/or maladaptive behavior. ... Rampton Secure Hospital is a high secure psychiatric hospital in the village of Woodbeck between Retford and Rampton in Nottinghamshire, England. ... For other uses, see Psychiatrist (disambiguation). ...

Although Mr Huntley made clear attempts to appear insane, I have no doubt that the man currently, and at the time of the murder, was both physically and mentally sound and therefore, if he is found guilty, carried out the murder totally aware of his actions.

This left Huntley facing life imprisonment if a jury could be convinced of his guilt. ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ...


Huntley's defence conceded that he disposed of the girls' bodies and that they were in his house when they died. However, he claimed that Holly Wells accidentally fell in the bath and drowned and that Jessica Chapman was then so distressed that he had to restrain her to stop her screaming, but accidentally did this so forcefully that she too died. This led him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, but the jury rejected his story and found him guilty of the murder of both girls.


Huntley's trial

Huntley's trial opened at the Old Bailey on 5 November 2003. He was faced with two murder charges, while Carr was charged with perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender. Huntley admitted that the girls had died in his house, but claimed that he had accidentally knocked Holly into the bath while helping her control a nosebleed and had accidentally suffocated Jessica when she started to scream. However, the jury rejected his claims that the girls had died accidentally and on 17 December 2003 returned a majority verdict of guilty on both charges. Huntley was sentenced to life imprisonment, with his minimum term to be decided by the Lord Chief Justice at a later date. Carr was cleared of assisting an offender but found guilty of perverting the course of justice and jailed for three and a half years, but she was freed under police protection after five months because she had already spent 16 months on remand. She was provided with a new identity and lives under police protection. In legal parlance, a trial is an event in which parties to a dispute present information (in the form of evidence) in a formal setting, usually a court, before a judge, jury, or other designated finder of fact, in order to achieve a resolution to their dispute. ... The Old Bailey. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Suffocation can mean two things: Suffocation, or Asphyxia, is a medical condition where the body is depraved of oxygen. ... An empty jury box in an American courtroom For jury meaning makeshift, see jury rig. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In law, a verdict indicates the judgment of a case before a court of law. ... Life imprisonment or life incarceration is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime, often for most or even all of the criminals remaining life, but in fact for a period which varies between jurisdictions: many countries have a maximum possible period of time (usually 7 to 50 years... The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales is the second-highest judge of the Courts of England and Wales, after the Lord Chancellor, and the presiding judge of Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal, and of the Queens Bench Division of the High Court. ... A prisoner who is denied, refused or unable to meet the conditions of bail, or who is unable to post bail, may be held in a prison on remand until their criminal trial. ...


After Huntley was convicted, it was revealed that he had been investigated in the past for sexual offences and burglary, but had still been allowed to work in a school. Home Secretary David Blunkett ordered an inquiry into these failings, chaired by Sir Michael Bichard, and later ordered the suspension of David Westwood, Chief of Humberside Police. The inquiry criticised Humberside Police for deleting information relating to previous allegations against Huntley and criticised Cambridgeshire Police for not following vetting guidelines. An added complication in the vetting procedures was the fact that Huntley had applied for the caretaker's job under the name of Ian Nixon. It is believed that Humberside Police either did not check under the name Huntley on the police computer - if they had then they would have discovered a burglary charge left on file - or did not check at all. Sex crimes are forms of human sexual behavior that are crimes. ... The Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, is the minister in charge of the United Kingdom Home Office and is responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales, and for immigration and citizenship for the whole United Kingdom (including Scotland and Northern Ireland). ... David Blunkett (born 6 June 1947) is a British Labour Party politician and has been Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. ... Sir Michael Bichard KCB is a former civil servant in the United Kingdom, first in local and then central government. ... David Westwood, QPM is a British police officer. ...


Huntley was convicted on 17 December 2003 by two 11-to-one majority jury verdicts, and on that day began serving two concurrent life sentences. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Life imprisonment is a term used for a particular kind of sentence of imprisonment. ...


Sentence

Huntley was the last of more than 500 life sentence prisoners waiting to have minimum terms set by the Lord Chief Justice after the Home Secretary's tariff-setting procedures were declared illegal. Anyone who committed a murder after 18th December 2003 would have their minimum term set by the trial judge. On 29 September 2005 it was announced that Huntley must remain in prison for at least 40 years - a minimum term which will not allow him to be released until at least 2042, by which time he will be 68 years old. is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After the trial

Following the announcement of Huntley's conviction, it emerged that various authorities were aware of allegations, from a number of sources, that he had committed one act of indecent assault, four acts of underage sex and three rapes. The only one of these allegations that resulted in a charge was a rape, and the charge was dropped before it came to court. Huntley had also been charged with burglary, but he was not convicted. On the day of Huntley's conviction for the girls' murder, the Home Secretary David Blunkett announced an inquiry into the vetting system which allowed Huntley to get a caretaker's job at a school despite four separate complaints about him reaching the social services and the allegations above. One of the pertinent issues surfaced almost immediately when Humberside police (where all the alleged offences had taken place) stated that they believed that it was unlawful under the Data Protection Act 1984 to hold data regarding allegations which did not lead to a conviction; this was contradicted by other police forces who thought this too strict an interpretation of the Act. Indecent assault is a form of sex crime in many jurisdictions. ... Pedophilia (American English) or paedophilia / pædophilia (British English), from the Greek παιδοφιλια (paidophilia) < παις (pais) boy, child and φιλια (philia) friendship, (ICD-10 F65. ... The Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, is the minister in charge of the United Kingdom Home Office and is responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales, and for immigration and citizenship for the whole United Kingdom (including Scotland and Northern Ireland). ... David Blunkett (born 6 June 1947) is a British Labour Party politician and has been Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. ... In this day an age of security checking, bombings, money laundering etc. ... A social worker is a person employed in the administration of charity, social service, welfare, and poverty agencies, advocacy, or religious outreach programs. ... The Data Protection Act 1984 (DPA) is a British Act of Parliament that provided a legal basis and allowing for the privacy and protection of data of individuals in the UK. It was repealed by the Data Protection Act 1998. ...


There was also considerable concern about the police investigation into these murders. It took nearly two weeks before the police became aware of previous sexual allegations against Ian Huntley, and despite him being the last person to see either of the two children, his story was not effectively checked out early during the investigation.


Huntley had not been convicted of any of the underage sex, indecent assault or rape allegations, but his burglary charge had remained on file. Howard Gilbert, the then head teacher of Soham Village College, later said that he would not have employed Huntley as a caretaker if he had been aware of the burglary charge, as one of Huntley's key responsibilities in his role was to ensure security in the school grounds.


On November 25, 2004, The Sun published details of a tape-recording they obtained of Huntley admitting that he had lied in court. He was quoted as saying "I said that Jessica died in the bathroom. She didn't. She died in the living room. Everything happened as I said it did, apart from that." He said that he killed Jessica after she tried to flee once she had realised her friend had been killed elsewhere in the house. is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about a British tabloid. ...


Huntley also claimed that he couldn't live with the guilt of what he had done, and that he planned on committing suicide. For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...


He added that Maxine Carr had told him to burn the girls' bodies after he murdered them, a claim which contradicted the jury's opinion that she was not guilty of assisting an offender and had not known that Huntley had committed the murders.


In April 2007 Hailey Giblin, of North Lincolnshire, was awarded a claim for civil damages against Huntley after a court ruled that he had molested her when she was 11. Huntley had admitted that in the summer of 1997 he had taken her from the street she lived in to an orchard, and sexually assaulted her. [1] April 2007 is the fourth month of the year. ... Child sexual abuse is an umbrella term describing criminal and civil offenses in which an adult engages in sexual activity with a minor or exploits a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification. ... This article is about a form of sexual violence. ...


Since being jailed, Huntley has repeatedly admitted that he lied when giving evidence at his trial. He changed his story about Jessica's death, having previously admitted to suffocating her in a panic. An audio tape recording of Huntley speaking to a relative at Wakefield Prison revealed that he allegedly killed her when she tried to call for help on her mobile phone. Audio storage refers to techniques and formats used to store audio with the goal to reproduce the audio later using audio signal processing to something that resembles the original. ... Wakefield Prison was originally built as a house of correction in 1594 and is now the largest maximum security prisons in Britain. ...


On 29 September 2005, High Court Judge Mr Justice Moses, who presided over Huntley's original trial, ruled that he should spend 40 years in prison before he can be considered for parole. He was not issued with a whole life tariff because the judge said there was no evidence of abduction of the two girls. The beginning of his sentence was backdated to October 2002, when he was first remanded in custody — not August 2002, as he was initially held in a mental hospital before a judge decided he was fit to stand trial.[citation needed] is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Her Majestys High Court of Justice (known more simply as the High Court) is, together with the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal, part of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in England and Wales: see Courts of England and Wales. ... It has been suggested that Medical parole be merged into this article or section. ... The whole life tariff is a mechanism in British law whereby a prisoner is sentenced to remain in prison until death. ... Child abduction is the abduction or kidnapping of a child (or baby) by an older person. ... October 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December // Events October 31, 2002 The Russian Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko has now stated that the incapacitating agent used in the storming of the Moscow theatre siege was a fentanyl derivative. ... August 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December // See also: Afghanistan timeline August 2002 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bombing claims 9 lives, near Safed; there is a shooting attack in Jerusalem, claiming 2; there is an attack upon a settler family, killing... A psychiatric hospital (also called a mental hospital or asylum) is a hospital specializing in the treatment of persons with mental illness. ...


Under this ruling, Huntley is expected to remain behind bars until at least October 2042 and the age of 68. In March 2007, the Lord Chancellor sparked controversy when he said in a Sunday Telegraph interview that Huntley is among a number of prisoners who should never be released as "that is what the public expect".[2] March 2007 is the third month of the year. ... The Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, or Lord Chancellor and prior to the Union the Chancellor of England and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, is a senior and important functionary in the government of the United Kingdom, and its predecessor states. ... The Sunday Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper, founded in 1961. ...


The families of Huntley's victims later revealed that they had been hoping for a whole life tariff to be set, but Huntley's sentence was approximately three times heavier than the minimum terms imposed on most convicted murderers.[citation needed]


The Wells and Chapman families received £11,000 in compensation for the murder of their daughters. The amount has been criticised by victims' groups as being too little. [3]


On 14 September 2005 Huntley was scalded with boiling water when another inmate attacked him. [4] A prison service spokesman said that due to the nature of high-security prisoners, "it's impossible to prevent incidents of this nature occasionally happening", but Huntley alleged that the prison authorities failed in their duty of care towards him, and launched a claim for £15,000 compensation. Huntley was reportedly awarded £2,500 in legal aid to pursue this claim, a move strongly criticised by the Soham MP, Jim Paice, who insisted on tight restrictions on the use of public money for compensation, and said, "The people I represent have no sympathy for him at all". Huntley's injuries meant that he did not attend the hearing at which his minimum term was decided. is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Most liberal democracies consider that it is necessary to provide some level of legal aid to persons otherwise unable to afford legal representation. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... James Edward Thornton Paice (born 24 April 1949, Suffolk) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom. ... Taxes redirects here. ...


On 5 September 2006, Huntley was found unconscious in his prison cell, thought to have taken an overdose. He had previously taken an overdose of anti-depressants while awaiting his trial.[5] He was under police guard in hospital until 7 September, whereupon he was taken back to his prison cell under police escort, prompting much reaction from many present at the scene as well as making the front pages of many of the UK papers the next morning. Following this attempted suicide, his cell was cleared and a tape was found which was marked with Queen on one side and Meat Loaf on the other. This tape is thought to contain confessions from Ian Huntley on what he did and how he did it. It is believed that Huntley made the tape in return for anti-depressants from a fellow prisoner, who hoped to obtain and later sell the confession to the media upon his release.[6] Aaron Nicholls is the prime suspect for providing Ian Huntley with antidepressants for his September 2006 suicide attempt.[7][8] On March 28, 2007, The Sun began publishing transcripts of Huntley's taped confession.[9] is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A drug overdose occurs when a chemical substance (i. ... ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bass guitarist John Deacon joining the following year. ... This article is about the singer. ... Aaron Nicholls (born 1979) is a British murderer who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1999 for the murder of his 12-year-old girlfriend, Lauren Carhart. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... This article is about a British tabloid. ...


On 27 September 2007, Huntley got hold of enough drugs to take an overdose, the third occasion Huntley has done this. He was taken to Pinderfields hospital in West Yorkshire and returned shortly afterwards to HMP Wakefield. A Prison Service spokeswoman said an investigation was under way into events at the prison on Friday afternoon. Huntley's condition was not thought to be life-threatening, he did not lose consciousness and presented himself to prison staff. is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Coat of Arms of South Yorkshire West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county within the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, that has a population of 2. ...


On 28 January 2008, Huntley was moved to HMP Frankland in Durham after it was calculated that it was costing £1,128 per day to keep Huntley on 24 hour suicide watch. is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Durham (IPA: locally, in RP) is a small city and main settlement of the City of Durham district of County Durham in North East England. ...


References

  1. ^ BBC NEWS | England | Humber | Huntley sex victim wins damages
  2. ^ Ian Huntley should never go free says Falconer - Telegraph
  3. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | £11,000 Soham pay-outs condemned
  4. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | England | West Yorkshire | Huntley scalded in prison attack
  5. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | England | Soham killer treated for overdose
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Exclusive: Huntley Print Cards For Sale - Sunday Mirror
  8. ^ http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/ely/2006/09/12/03698b93-3ecd-4633-8a62-392429b12d31.lpf
  9. ^ The Sun Online | The Best for News, Sport and Showbiz | The Sun

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