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Ian Huntley attack: Accused 'may be mentally unfit'

Ian Huntley
Image caption Huntley had his throat slashed with a makeshift knife while in County Durham's Frankland prison

An inmate accused of attacking Soham murderer Ian Huntley might not be fit to stand trial, a court has heard.

Damien Fowkes is facing charges of attempted murder and wounding after Huntley's throat was slashed in HMP Frankland in March 2010.

He is also accused of strangling child killer Colin Hatch at Full Sutton Prison near York in February 2011.

The judge at Newcastle Crown Court said the cases would be heard together at Hull Crown Court on 4 October.

Psychologists and psychiatrists will determine whether Fowkes is mentally fit to enter pleas.

The 35-year-old from Northampton, who is serving a life sentence for armed robbery, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink from Wakefield Prison.

Huntley, who is serving a life sentence for the murder 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002, had his throat slashed with a makeshift knife, while at the County Durham prison.

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