UK's most dangerous criminal breaks solitary confinement world record
He will die in solitary confinement.
Britain's longest-serving prisoner Robert Maudsley has set a new world record for solitary confinement.
The 69-year-old has spent more than 16,400 consecutive days in solitary confinement in a special bulletproof cell built specifically for him.
Maudsley has spent almost 50 years behind bars and is believed to be Britain’s longest-serving prisoner after Moors murderer Ian Brady, who died in 2017 after serving 51 years.
US prisoner Albert Woodfox previously held the world record for solitary confinement at 43 years, before his release in 2016 on his 69th birthday. He died last year.
Jailed in 1974, Maudsley worked as a sex worker in his youth when his client, John Farrell, showed him pictures of children he sexually abused. Maudsley killed Farrell and surrendered himself to police.
After being deemed unfit to stand trial, he was sent to Broadmoor Hospital, where he killed another inmate.
Consequently, Maudsley was jailed for life - but that didn't stop him from killing again.
Maudsley was moved to Wakefield maximum-security prison, where he killed two more people in 1978 and told a guard: "There'll be two short on the roll call."
He continued: "It does not matter to them whether I am mad or bad. They do not know the answer and they do not care just so long as I am kept out of sight and out of mind.
"I am left to stagnate, vegetate and to regress; left to confront my solitary head-on with people who have eyes but don't see and who have ears but don't hear, who have mouths but don't speak. My life in solitary is one long period of unbroken depression."
Maudsley will never be released and will die in his 5.5m by 4.5m glass cell.
In the early days of his confinement, he wrote to newspapers campaigning for better treatment. In 2000, he went to court in a bid to be “allowed to die”.
In a letter he asked why he couldn’t have a pet budgie, promising to love it and “not eat it”.
He also requested a cyanide capsule so that the "problem of Robert John Mawdsley can easily and swiftly be resolved.”