murderer Ian Huntley could be awarded £20,000 (€22,000) compensation after his throat was slashed during an attack in prison, reports suggested today.
Huntley may sue the Prison Service for negligence, according to media reports after the attack by a fellow prisoner left him needing hospital treatment.
The 36-year-old's throat was reportedly slashed during an assault in Frankland Prison, County Durham, where he is serving two life sentences for murdering schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
The Prison Service has not said what Huntley's current state is in the jail, but said after the attack that his condition was not life-threatening.
A spokesman said: "A prisoner at HMP Frankland was assaulted by another prisoner at about 3.25pm on Sunday, March 21. The prisoner was taken to outside hospital for treatment but has now returned to prison."
Prison officials launched an investigation. It was reported that Huntley's throat was slashed with a makeshift knife, and the child killer was found in a pool of blood by staff.
He was convicted in December 2003 of murdering Holly and Jessica, both 10, after they vanished from their homes in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002. The murders sent shockwaves across Europe.
Huntley, a caretaker at the secondary school in Soham, and his then girlfriend Maxine Carr, a teaching assistant in Holly and Jessica's junior school class, initially told police they knew nothing of the circumstances surrounding the girls' disappearance.
But it emerged at their trial at the Old Bailey that Huntley had met Holly and Jessica as they walked past his home, enticed them inside and killed them before hiding their remains.