Nov 22 2012
‘He was a dirty little nonce’: Murderer who stabbed Sarah Payne killer in the eyes reveals why he carried out attack and says he only stopped because he got tired
The Daily Mail
Notorious child killer Roy Whiting was stabbed in the eye in his prison cell by a double murderer because he was a ‘dirty little nonce’.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how Whiting, a convicted sex offender who was given a life sentence in 2001 for the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne, was stabbed by powerfully-built Gary Vinter, 42 because he wanted to change his jail conditions at Wakefield prison, West Yorkshire.
Double murderer Vinter picked a high profile target for the attack, which took place last July, to further his cause.
Attack: Gary Vinter, left, was jailed for an additional five years for stabbing child-killer Roy Whiting, left, in both eyes at Wakefield Prison last July
He was jailed for a further five years for the attack from which Whiting made a full recovery.
After hearing Andrew Kershaw, prosecuting, give an explanation for the gruesome attack, Vinter, who was appearing via videolink from Long Lartin Prison, Worcestershire, said: ‘He was a dirty little nonce. That’s why I did it.’
Vinter, from Middlesbrough, sneaked into Whiting’s cell and used a sharpened plastic toilet brush handle to stab Whiting in both eyes.
Mr Kershaw said: ‘On the second stabbing the tip of the weapon broke leaving a piece of plastic in this victim’s eye socket.’
Vinter then kicked and punched Whiting as he lay on the floor, before leaving the cell.
The double murderer later told prison authorities ‘the only reason Whiting was still alive is he got tired during the attack,’ added Mr Kershaw.
There was no evidence of any previous animosity between the two, who had only been on the same wing at Wakefield Prison for a few days.
But Vinter, who is serving a life sentence after murdering a workmate in 1996 and his estranged wife in 2008, picked out Whiting for his notoriety, the court heard.
Mr Kershaw said: ‘It was a cold-blooded premeditated attack intending to maim at least.
‘It was calculated to manipulate the prison authorities into changing the conditions under which he was detained.’
He told officers he had tried to kill Whiting, that as a ‘natural life’ prisoner he had no hope and he had warned the authorities he would target a ‘high-profiler’.
In a statement read out in court, Whiting said: ‘I was immediately punched and hit to the right eye and nose area and it made me stagger into the cell wall.
‘I then felt a second punch or blow to the left side.
‘Following the second blow I was aware of a severe pain in my eye and my vision was now blurred in my left eye.
‘I slid down the walls to the floor and I raised my arms to defend myself but felt further kicks and punches.’
Whiting was treated at Pinderfields Hospital where he received stitches in his eye lids and the shard of plastic was removed.
Despite three months of blurred vision in his left eye, Whiting has made a full recovery apart from some numbness to the area.
Vinter admitted wounding with intent at a previous hearing and was given an indefinite sentence, with a notional minimum term of five years.
Mr Justice Openshaw said Vinter chose his victim because he was a ‘notorious child murderer’ and an aggravating factor of the offence was Whiting’s vulnerability.
He added: ‘There is no regret or remorse, on the contrary, the defendant derived and continues to derive considerable satisfaction from having committed this offence.’
After sentencing Vinter said: ‘Thank you very much judge, it has been a pleasure.’
Vinter is appealing against his full life term before European Human Rights judges at the end of this month.
In 1996 Vinter was jailed for life for murdering Carl Edon, 22, a railway signalman.
He was released from prison in 2006 after serving a 10-year minimum term but was recalled to prison for his part in a pub brawl and then went on to murder his wife Anne White, 40, in a chilling offence four years ago.
He had followed her around Middlesbrough pubs, then had her kidnapped to his mother’s house where he stabbed her to death having failed in his attempt to strangle her.