May 2009

Life term for cellmate sex killer

A man has been jailed for life for the sexually motivated murder of a fellow prison inmate in Nottinghamshire.

Neil Wilkinson, 29 of HMP Whatton in Nottinghamshire admitted smothering his cellmate, with a pillow during the attack at HMP Whatton on 25 August 2008.

Wilkinson was told he must serve a minimum of 24 years in prison by the judge at Nottingham Crown Court.

Wilkinson had only shared a room with his killer for two days after a cell-sharing policy was introduced at the category C prison for adult male sex offenders.

Wilkinson, originally from the Greater Manchester area, was in jail for raping a man at knifepoint, he also had a caution from 1999 for sexual activity with a child under 16, while his victim, a former soldier, was serving a sentence for grooming a 15-year-old girl over the internet. 

Earlier in the day, Wilkinson had boasted to other inmates about how he planned to have sex with his heterosexual cell mate “no matter what”, the court heard.

The mother of the victim said: “How can my son or anyone else be placed in a cell with Neil Wilkinson?

“It seems clear to me that he is a dangerous person and my son has lost his life at his hands.”