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Limbs in the Loch killer William Beggs scalded in jail attack

By Nevin Farrell

Published 13/04/2015

William Beggs
William Beggs

A murderer from Northern Ireland who killed and dismembered his teenage victim has had boiling water thrown over him in an apparent revenge attack in a Scottish prison.

William Beggs (54), originally from Lurgan in Co Armagh and known as the 'Limbs in the Loch' killer, was described by police at the time of his conviction in 2001 as a "serial killer in the making".

Beggs is serving a life sentence in Edinburgh's Saughton Prison for raping, murdering and dismembering Barry Wallace (18) in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, in 1999.

The teenager's limbs and torso were found in Loch Lomond and his head was dumped in the sea in Ayrshire.

Beggs screamed as boiling water was thrown over his face and hands in the cell attack, the Scottish Daily Record reported.

Beggs' alleged attacker was due for release this year and has since been moved to Shotts Prison.

The attacker reportedly told friends he was taking revenge after Beggs attacked him soon after he arrived at the prison.

It is understood Beggs was treated for burns in the prison's infirmary but did not need to attend hospital.

Supermarket worker Mr Wallace vanished on December 5 1999, after a Christmas night out with colleagues at a nightclub in his home town of Kilmarnock.

In 2001 a jury found Beggs took the teenager to his flat and subjected him to a serious sexual assault.

He then murdered him and cut up his body. Shortly after the crime, Beggs, fled to Holland. After lengthy extradition proceedings, he was ordered in January 2001 to be returned to Scotland to face trial.

The killer has become a self-styled legal expert in jail and has helped many prisoners with appeals and compensation hearings.

Earlier this year it was revealed he'd cost taxpayers £42,000 in legal wrangles.

Beggs has repeatedly tried and failed to have his conviction overturned at the Supreme Court.

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: "We do not comment on individual prisoners."

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