Convicted murderer Ian Huntley is planning to sue the Prison Service after he had his throat cut by a fellow prisoner. He claims that the Prison Service failed in its duty of care towards him.
Huntley gained notoriety when he was found to have murdered the ten year old school girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.
Jack Straw, when he was Justice Secretary under the previous government said that there was "no intention" to pay compensation to Huntley, a sentiment echoed by representatives of the new coalition government.
Should Huntley be successful he could receive as much as £20,000 in compensation.
It has been reported that since being convicted at the end of 2003 Huntley has attempted suicide three times.