A British man serving a life sentence for the 2000 murder of 8-year-old Sarah Payne has reportedly been attacked and scolded by at least one fellow prison inmate.
Roy Whiting, 56, was beaten with a water flask at Wakefield jail, according to the Sun.
“He got clobbered from behind," an anonymous source told the Sun. "It wasn’t major but shows he’s still a target."
Whiting received treatment at the prison, but his injuries were not severe enough for him to be taken to the hospital.
Officials at Wakefield jail warned that action would be taken against anyone found out to have participated in the attack.
Whiting was already a convicted pedophile when he killed Sarah in 2000. He was sentenced to serve at least 40 years of a life sentence for murder.
He was attacked behind bars once before. An inmate stabbed him in the eyes with a sharpened toilet brush handle in 2011.
Sara Payne, Sarah’s mother, campaigned for new child protection laws in the wake of her daughter’s death. The legislation adopted became known as Sarah’s law.
The law allows parents to request information from their local police force on whether adults who could come into contact with their children have previous convictions for child sex crimes.
Questions remain as to whether Sarah’s law provides an effective solution to the problem. Since it came into effect in 2011, only one in six applications to police for information have been successful, Telegraph.co.uk reported last July. Of the 5,357 applications for information made between 2011 and 2014, only 877 were successful, according to the National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Fear of vigilantism was cited as a reason for the high rate of refusal by some police forces.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless was troubled by the statistics.
“Families need to know if there are individuals in their area who pose a risk to children," he told Telegraph.co.uk. "How can you expect parents to make the right choices in order to protect their children if they don’t know who is a threat?”