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Sarah killer recalls razor attack
Roy Whiting
Whiting told the court he felt "a sharp, stinging pain"
The killer of Sarah Payne has told a jury how he was slashed across the face with a sharp weapon by a fellow inmate.

Roy Whiting was an inmate at Wakefield Prison when he was attacked by Jerseyman Rickie Tregaskis on 4 August 2002, Leeds Crown Court was told.

Prosecuting, Adrian Waterman, said the defendant had decided "to exact his own personal retribution upon Roy Whiting because he hated what he had done".

Tregaskis, 35, denies wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

'Sharp pain'

Whiting, 44, told the jury he was attacked as he returned from filling up his flask with hot water on D wing of the jail.

The court was told a razor blade was probably used in the attack.

Whiting said: "I noticed out of the corner of my eye movement and felt a sharp stinging pain.

"As soon as I felt the stinging against my face, I put my hand up and I was covered in blood. I turned round to see who was there.

Whiting told the jury he never saw his attacker.

Fair trial

Mr Waterman told the jury how Whiting had been convicted in 2001 of the murder of Sarah Payne, who disappeared while playing near her grandparents' home in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, in July 2000.

He said: "It is the Crown's case that Rickie Tregaskis, also an inmate of Wakefield, took it upon himself to exact his own personal retribution upon Roy Whiting - not because he had any connection with Sarah Payne or her family but simply because he hated what he had done.

"We all, no doubt, hate what Roy Whiting did. However, as is right and proper he received a fair trial and he was fairly convicted.

"Only by treating him, as all other people, fairly, does society have the right to judge and to punish."

Mr Waterman said Whiting received two parallel cuts to the right side of his face which reached as far as his lips.

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