BREAKING NEWS: York: Police Probe Suspected Prison Murder Of Child Killer Colin Hatch

23 Feb

Police are investigating the suspected murder of child killer Colin Hatch at a maximum-security prison, sources say.

Hatch died following an incident at Full Sutton jail near York on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old was jailed for life after being convicted of killing a seven-year-old boy while on parole for a previous child sex attack.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “An incident at HMP Full Sutton on Tuesday February 22 resulted in the death of prisoner Colin Hatch.

“This is now a matter for the police.”

Jailing Hatch in January 1994, Judge Nina Lowry said he was “highly dangerous” and told him it was not possible to envisage a time when he could be released safely.

Unemployed Hatch, then 21, had smirked when he heard the jury’s verdict.

Just over two years earlier, he was jailed for three years for assaulting a boy of eight – and his lawyer warned he could kill when he was released.

Within 11 weeks of being paroled in April 1993, he abducted, sexually assaulted and then choked to death Sean Williams after luring him to his tower block home in Norfolk Close, Finchley, north London.

A postman discovered the youngster’s body taped up in bin liners and dumped in a lift.

His conviction prompted a review of parole and probation for those convicted of sex crimes, with Sean’s mother and father, Lynn and John Williams, saying others had to take some of the blame for their son’s death.

Speaking at the time, Mrs Williams said: “Never again must a child be murdered by a pervert. Never again must a family have to suffer this experience and never again must Colin Hatch be released back into our community.”

The two-week trial heard fantasies “involving abduction, sexual abuse and the killing of young children” written by Hatch were found in a wardrobe in his mother’s bedroom after his arrest.

Hatch had a string of previous convictions from the age of 15 for attacks on six young boys.

At his previous trial for indecently assaulting the eight-year-old boy and choking him until he lost consciousness, psychiatrist Dr Anthony Wilkins recommended that Hatch was a “menace to the public” and should be sent to Broadmoor top security hospital.

But Broadmoor had not considered Hatch dangerous enough at the time, Dr Wilkins said.

Instead he was jailed for three years, as the judge was given no alternative.

……. Jailing Hatch, who had a string of convictions for assaulting young boys, Judge Nina Lowry said he was “highly dangerous” and told him it was not possible to envisage a time when he could be released safely.

Sentencing him at the Old Bailey in January 1994, Judge Lowry said: “It is not possible today to envisage when you could be safely released from prison and as of today life imprisonment should mean what it says – namely imprisonment for life. In my judgment, you should never be released back into the community while there remains the slightest danger you will reoffend.”

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