Resort killer weds partner in prison

Killer Marc Goowind (left) and (right) his victim Malcolm Benfold
Killer Marc Goowind (left) and (right) his victim Malcolm Benfold
  • A Blackpool murderer and his paedophile partner, who have wed in Britain’s first gay prison marriage
  • They will not be allowed to share a cell, jail bosses have said
  • It came at no cost to the public purse, a Prison Service spokesman said
  • Same-sex marriage came into force in the UK in March last year
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A Blackpool murderer and his paedophile partner, who have wed in Britain’s first gay prison marriage, will not be allowed to share a cell, jail bosses have said.

Murderer Marc Goodwin, 31, who is serving life for a gay hate killing, and paedophile Mikhail Gallatinov, 40, married at the maximum security Full Sutton prison, near York, where they are serving time.

We are very clear that if prisoners do get married, the taxpayer does not foot the bill for the ceremony and they are certainly not allowed to share a cell

According to reports, the 15-minute ceremony, during which the prisoners wore suits, was attended by four family members on Friday.

It came at no cost to the public purse, a Prison Service spokesman said.

The spokesman said: “We are very clear that if prisoners do get married, the taxpayer does not foot the bill for the ceremony and they are certainly not allowed to share a cell.”

Goodwin, formerly of Knowle Avenue, North Shore, was jailed for life in 2007 for the homophobic murder of 57-year-old Malcolm Benfold in the resort.

He was 23 years old at the time and was told he must serve a minimum of 18 years before he is considered for parole.

Mr Benfold, of Bute Avenue, North Shore, had met up with two men for a “sexual relationship” at Middle Walk, the jury at Goodwin’s trial at Preston Crown Court was told.

Goodwin, originally from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, was the leader of a three-strong gang who after a drinking session, set out to attack homosexual men at the known gay meeting spot.

The court heard it is thought a glass bottle was used in the attack and he was kicked and punched with Goodwin paying the most attention to this victim.

Police later found a bottle near to the Hilton Hotel on North Promenade which had been “scientifically” linked to the beating, the court was told.

The two men who accompanied Goodwin on the night of the attack were also jailed for lesser offences.

After Goodwin’s conviction, police described the murder as “a savage, senseless homophobic attack that resulted in the death of a harmless man’’.

Gallatinov was convicted of murdering Adrian Kaminsky, 28, in Manchester in 1997 and sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Manchester Crown Court heard that he was a predatory paedophile, with convictions for offences against children, who was under surveillance by undercover police when he strangled Mr Kaminsky.

The court heard that he told an officer he was going to commit the murder. Trial judge Judge Rhys Davies QC said at the time: “This was a cold-blooded, well-planned, callous, chilling and apparently motiveless killing.”

In 2009 the High Court upheld Gallatinov’s 20-year minimum term.

Same-sex marriage came into force in the UK in March last year. It is believed the couple had been wanting to tie the knot for several years with a civil ceremony but after last year’s law change they applied to get married and prison authorities finally agreed.

It was revealed in February the couple had posted a notice of marriage at Beverley registrar’s office in East Riding.