IAN Huntley was found guilty of murdering two 10-year-old school girls back in 2002.
During the ensuing media storm, he became known as one of the most reviled paedophiles in Britain. But who is Ian Huntley and where is he now?
Who is Ian Huntley?
Ian Huntley was a caretaker at Soham Village College in Cambridgeshire, East Anglia.
He was born to a working class family in Grimsby, Lincolnshire on January 31, 1974.
Huntley first came to the nation's attention in 2002, when two 10-year-old girls went missing in Soham.
He brazenly appeared on the news talking about their disappearance, despite knowing he was responsible for their callous murders.
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After the bodies of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were discovered near an RAF base on August 17, 2002, Huntley was arrested.
He was eventually convicted in 2003 of the girls' murder and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment.
A High Court later set a minimum term of 40 years in jail.
The detective who caught the child murderer said in July 2022 that Huntley should die in jail.
The monster's girlfriend at the time, Maxine Carr, was a teaching assistant at St Andrew's Primary School – where both Holly and Jessica attended.
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She was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for perverting the course of justice after providing Huntley with a fake alibi.
After Huntley's conviction it was revealed he had previously been investigated for sexual offences and burglary.
It was revealed that Huntley had a daughter, Samantha Bryan, from an abusive relationship he had with then 15-year-old Katie Bryan.
He had groomed Katie, who left him before Samantha was born.
Samantha was left horrified when she discovered her father's identity through a school project when she was 14.
She later uncovered the details of Huntley's crimes when her mum handed her a box of newspaper clippings about his horrific crimes.
Earlier this year it was reported that Soham double-murderer Huntley had become close prison pals with Charles Taylor, the ex-president of Liberia who used child soldiers is serving 50 years in the UK for crimes against humanity.
Where is Ian Huntley now?
Huntley, is still serving his sentence at HMP Frankland Prison in County Durham, and has begged for forgiveness saying: “I think about them every day.”
In a confession recorded behind bars and leaked to The Sun in February 2018, Huntley apologised for the immense pain he caused through his crimes.
He said: “What I will say is that I am so terribly, terribly sorry for what I have done.
“I know the people of Soham took me into their community, they trusted me, gave me a job and a home, and I betrayed them in the worst possible way.
“And I am sorry for what I have done, sorry for the pain I have caused to the families and friends of Holly and Jessica, for the pain I have caused my family and friends, and for the pain I have caused the community of Soham.”
The killer confessed on the tape to deliberately killing Jessica to stop her from raising the alarm after Holly died in the bath in what he insists was an accident.
Holly and Jessica’s families were put through the ordeal of a full court hearing in 2003 because Huntley refused to plead guilty.
Huntley also claimed former girlfriend Maxine told lies in court to “distance herself from me.”
He has claimed from prison that it was Carr who orchestrated the cover-up after the murders in Soham, Cambridgeshire.
During his time in prison, Huntley has been attacked for his crimes on a number of occasions.
In 2005, while serving time in HMP Wakefield, Huntley was scalded with boiling water by convicted killer Mark Hobson.
Just two years later, after being transferred to HMP Frankland in 2008, Huntley was transported to hospital after he had his neck slashed by a convicted armed robber.
In 2017, it was also revealed that Huntley had an altercation with the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who had called Huntley a "child killing b*****d", before telling him to "p*** off".
The killer will not be considered for release until 2042 at the earliest.
When did he murder Holly and Jessica?
Jessica and Holly, both 10, were reported missing on Sunday, August 4, 2002 after going to a family barbecue.
They had left the house while playing together and on the way home walked past Huntley's house.
It was then the caretaker invited them into his house, and it is believed he used the children's connection to Carr to lure them inside.
He claims that Holly's death was an accident but that he could not let Jessica leave after witnessing the death of her friend, as she would raise the alarm.
Around 8pm on Sunday, Holly's mother noticed they were missing and grew concerned.
The girls were reported missing that evening by their parents.
Hundreds of volunteers, including Huntley and over 400 police officers were involved with the search for the missing children.
Their bodies were not found until 13 days later, over 10 miles from Soham.
He later admitted he had returned to the site and set fire to their bodies.
When was Ian Huntley arrested?
Huntley was already under suspicion when on August 17, 2002 the bodies of Jessica and Holly were found.
Though he had helped with the search for the missing girls, police grew suspicious of his questioning — especially when he asked how long DNA evidence lasts.
The clothes of the victims were found in the Soham Village College grounds and prompted the police to arrest Huntley and Carr.
By the end of August 2002, the police had enough physical evidence from Huntley's house, car and the college to charge him with two counts of murder.
Huntley was given two life sentences with a minimum time of 40 years.
This means he will not be eligible for parole until 2042, at the age of 68.
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