MONSTER Ian Huntley flipped and kicked a prison officer as the pressure of 16 years behind bars takes its toll on the Soham killer.
The murderer sobbed when he was banged up in solitary for a second time, days after another flare-up.
He was stripped of privileges including his £20-a-week painting job, with a jail source branding the kick “pathetic”.
Huntley — serving life for killing ten-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham, Cambs, in 2002 — was first slung in the grim segregation cell for swearing.
He told a male official to “f*** off” in breach of strict prison rules. The killer was then hauled in front of governors for an adjudication hearing, but flipped seconds after it was adjourned.
As he was escorted away Huntley kicked out at a male officer, who avoided injury.
A source said: “It was a pretty pitiful, pathetic attempt, more a trip than a kick.
“Huntley was quickly restrained and taken back to segregation again, sobbing as he went.
"He’s almost unrecognisable now from what the public would remember. He looks like a skinny old man with no fight left in him.
August’s attack meant Huntley’s privileges were stripped back to the lowest for cons.
He’s almost unrecognisable now from what the public would remember. He looks like a skinny old man with no fight left in him.
He was banned from buying his favourite fish and chip suppers and other pricier canteen options, lost the painting job, and his right to watch TV.
The spell in isolation is thought to be his first at HMP Frankland, Co Durham, where he is serving a minimum 40 years.
'PRISON LIFE IS CATCHING UP WITH HIM'
A source added: “The big challenge with Huntley has always come from inmates wanting to attack him.
"He’s had health problems, suicide attempts and depression in the past. But it’s clear prison life is now really catching up with him.”
Ex-caretaker Huntley is understood to have recently left segregation.
Prisoners have targeted him repeatedly since his 2003 jailing.
In 2010 a lag tried to slit his throat. And in 2017 another attacked him with a blade embedded in a toothbrush.
Last year The Sun revealed tape recordings of Huntley being heard speaking for the first time in ten years.
He apologised for the murders, discussed ex Maxine Carr and said he would never seek parole.
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