Attack: Sarah Payne's killer, Roy Whiting
Sarah Payne's killer Roy Whiting has been battered and scalded in a brutal prison attack by fellow inmate.
Convicted paedophile Whiting, 56, who is serving 40 years for the murder of 8-year-old Sarah in 2000, was reportedly badly hurt in the incident.
He was apparently beaten with a hot water flask.
A source told the Sun: “He got clobbered from behind. It wasn’t major but shows he’s still a target.”
He received medical treatment within the jail but did not need to be taken to hospital.
Little Sarah was kidnapped and murdered by Whiting in July .
She had been playing in a cornfield with her brothers and sisters near her grandparents’ home when she was snatched and driven away in his van.
It is not the first time Whiting has been attacked in jail.
In 2011 he was stabbed in the eyes with a sharpened toilet brush.
Whiting is serving a life sentence after being convicted of the abduction and murder in December 2001.
Sarah's mum Sara Payne has since become a child protection campaigner who successfully lobbied for the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme - known as Sarah's Law - to be brought in in the UK.
The legislation means parents can ask police about anyone with access to their children, with details about any criminal convictions revealed confidentially if officers think it is in the child's interests.