March 2013

Notorious Northamptonshire baby killer lost eye in savage prison attack

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Child killer Andrew Randall pictured above

A convicted murderer who blinded a notorious child killer with handmade weapons in a savage prison attack laughed out loud as the court was told he had “no regrets”.

Murderer Jason Jay launched a “ferocious and prolonged attack” on Andrew Randall, one of Northamptonshire’s most infamous child killers, inside Long Lartin prison, on August 13, 2011.

Armed with a sharpened paintbrush and a razor blade melted into a toothbrush Jay stabbed Randall in the eye with the “stiletto” weapon, removing one of his eyes completely.

He also slit his throat, stabbed him repeatedly in the head and face, before smashing a glass thermos flask filled with boiling tea over his temple.

Afterwards, when asked why he stopped, Jay told police: “Because I thought he was dead.”

Randall, from Kettering, was jailed for life in 2007 after he sexually abused, tortured and murdered his seven-week-old daughter Jessica.

He kicked his baby across the floor, stamped on her chest and put his fingers down her throat as part of his torrid abuse.

Randall survived Jay’s brutal attack but was left blinded in one eye.

Northampton Crown Court heard how Randall was ambushed by Jay, who recruited two fellow lags at the maximum security prison to keep watch and disable the alarm.

Jay carried out the attack during an afternoon break and ambushed Randall as he was returning to his cell with a flask of tea.

The court heard Randall tried to set the alarm off but two other lags, Patrick Maughan, 35, and murderer Arthur Pitt-Pladdy, 41, turned it off.

He tried to crawl under the bed but was dragged out and attacked by Jay, who slit his throat, stabbed his bald head and smashed the flask over his head.

When Randall said “that’s enough”, brual Jay replied: “I will tell you when it is enough.”

He then began stabbing his eyes.

After leaving the cell Jay then took another prisoner hostage because he “needed time to think”.

In defence, Malcolm Galloway said: “Whatever sentence is imposed on him today has no impact on him at all because he knows he will die in prison.

“I have instructions to make no mitigation other than to say he has no regrets at all.”

Jay, who appeared via video link, then laughed out loud.

He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years for attempted murder, false imprisonment and threats to kill.

Jay is already serving life, with a minimum of 27 years, for the brutal murder of a former pub landlord in Somerset, in 2006.

In August 2011, child killer Andrew Randall, who tortured and sexually abused his seven-week-old daughter Jessica, had his throat slashed by fellow inmates at HMP Long Lartin but survived.

March 2007

Baby killed at just seven weeks old

Health and social workers were criticised yesterday for failing to remove a baby from the clutches of her father, who repeatedly sexually abused her and murdered her aged just seven weeks.

Andrew Randall, 33, abused Jessica – who was born five weeks prematurely with a heart defect -from the “moment she left hospital” to the day he killed her by throwing her headfirst into a settee.

During her brief life, Jessica was seen by a number of doctors, medical specialists, nurses, health visitors and social workers – yet no one spotted the torrent of abuse.

 a post mortem examination found rib fractures that were five weeks old when she died in November, 2005. She had at least nine injuries to her ribs as well as bleeding on the brain, a fractured skull and cuts to her face.

Although nurses and health workers reported a “lack of bonding” between Jessica and her father and schizophrenic mother, Sharon Park, they arranged only weekly visits to monitor the situation.

Diana Sutton, of the NSPCC, said : “The number of babies killed at the hands of parents or carers has not reduced for 30 years. It is everyone’s responsibility to be vigilant for signs of abuse and report any concerns they have.”

Shaven-headed Randall, from Kettering, was jailed for life without prospect of release at Northampton Crown Court after admitting killing his child, sexually abusing her and causing grievous bodily harm.

The court heard he had had a fascination with serial killers, violent horror films and heavy metal music since he was 12.

After the hearing, spokesmen for Northamptonshire Teaching primary care trust and Kettering General Hospital said they hoped to learn lessons from a review of Jessica’s case.