Victor Castigador was born in
the Philippines in 1954, he cam to the UK in 1985 as an
2nd August 1989, Having
had a row with his boss at the amusement arcade where he
worked, in London's Soho area, he decided to rob the
With 4 young accomplices they
broke in just after closing time. The manager, cashier and 2
security guards were still there courting the money.
They were forced to open the
safe at gunpoint. 3 of the helpers ran off at this stage but
a young man called Paul Clinton, aged 17, stayed to help
They tied up the 4 hostages and
locked them in the vault security cage.
They then threw in white spirit
and finally a lit match before leaving.
The loot hauled just £9,000.
The manager and cashier suffered
bad burns but did survive, the 2 security guards both from
Sri Lanka both died of burns and asphyxiation.
When staff arrived the following
morning to find the horrifying scene the police were called
and Victor was quickly picked up and charged with double
February 1990, Both
Clinton and Victor Castigador went on trial for murder two
attempted murders and one charge of robbery.
Castigador was given a minimum
recommendation of 25 years by the judge, which was later
amended by the Home Secretary, who informed him that he
would not be released alive under the terms of a whole life
tariff. See list
Paul Clinton, whose young age
was taken into account by the judge, was given a 20 year
The 3 other men were also
Clinton appealed against the
length of his sentence in 2003 but this was rejected.
Monday 20th June 2016,
Victor Castigador, now aged 61, was charged with murder
after killing a fellow inmate.
Sidonio Teixeira,aged 59, who
was jailed for life in 2008 for the murder of his
three-year-old daughter, was attacked with a stone inside a
sock, at Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire by Castigador.