Rapist boxer from Sheffield complains from behind bars

Boxer John Paul King, of Welwyn Road, Gleadless, convicted of three rapes.
Boxer John Paul King, of Welwyn Road, Gleadless, convicted of three rapes.
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A heavyweight boxer from Sheffield serving life for three rapes has made hundreds of complaints about his time behind bars.

John Paul King, aged 41, of Welwyn Gardens, Gleadless, was jailed in 2007 by a judge who branded him ‘a serious sexual predator whose behaviour beggars belief’.

He took photographs of himself as he molested one of his victims and beat another senseless and tried to strangle her.

One victim had been on a night out with one of King’s friends when she was attacked.

The other two were prostitutes.

During his time behind bars, the former boxer, who once worked as a bodyguard for Ricky Hatton, has become a ‘serial complainer’.

Department of Justice lawyers have revealed the rapist has made ‘several hundred’ complaints since he was jailed.

He is claiming substantial damages from the Ministry for Justice.

Giving his version of events in a telephone call from Wakefield Prison, he told Judge Geoffrey Silverman, presiding over his case, that he had suffered ‘ongoing, continuous, systemic bullying and victimisation’.

He added that he had never received an apology, nor a ‘reasonable offer’ to settle his claim.

Katherine Apps, representing Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, said King was a ‘serial complainer’.

She told King the Department of Justice had no intention of paying him a penny, adding: “It is very difficult to tell what you are complaining about.”

The barrister told Judge Silverman she had tried to boil down King’s complaints - but the list still ran to 28 typed pages.

She asked the court to strike out King’s claim, arguing it had no chance of being upheld and was ‘an abuse of process’.

The case was adjourned for two weeks.