Paige Doherty murderer John Leathem battered in Dumfries jail by vile rapist James Gellately

KILLER John Leathem was battered by a rapist two days after switching jails over fears lags were plotting his murder.

Leathem, 32, who was caged for slaying 15-year-old Paige Doherty suffered face wounds after being pounded by James Gellately.

Serial rapist Gellately rained blows on Leathem’s head and face as he tucked into his tea, a jail report revealed.

Two guards leapt in and dragged raging Gellately away.

The beast, 29, was sent to solitary and later transferred to another nick.

An insider revealed the brutal assault happened shortly after deli murderer Leathem, 32, arrived at Dumfries prison last year.

They said: “When Leathem came down to Dumfries in November he was put into the general population.

“Things were said about him and his offence in the company of other prisoners, including Gellately.

“Word got back to Leat­hem who then approached Gellately and words were exchanged. Gellately said to him he wasn’t some little girl he could terrorise and Leathem said he didn’t know what he was talking about — that’s what lit the fuse.

“Gellately then assaulted him and left him with nasty bruising to the side of his face.

“It was dealt with within the prison system and 48 hours after the attack Gellately was transferred to Barlinnie.”

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The source added: “Gellately’s a volatile character and Leathem goes about the place like he’s done nothing wrong.

“Every time he reads something in the paper about his crime he hides behind his door like a recluse because he’s too scared to come out.”

Prison documents seen by The Scottish Sun show the assault happened at around 4.10pm on Nov­ember 27 — two days after Leat­hem’s switch from Low Moss nick in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow.

In a statement a guard named only as B Wilson described witnessing the dust-up.

He said: “This happened in the dining hall when Mr Leathem was sitting eating his tea meal. Mr Gellately went to the table and started punching Mr Leathem.

“Mr Gellately had to be separated, relocated and placed on report.”

We told last month that Leathem was transferred after prison bosses rumbled a planned hit by lags.

One inmate said: “He’s been a dead man walking since the day he arrived.”

He was moved 75 miles to Dumfries which houses the country’s most notorious sex beasts.

Dad-of-two Leathem stabbed Paige in a frenzied attack at his deli in Clydebank, near Glasgow.

He inflicted more than 140 knife injuries on the defenceless teen before dumping her body at the side of a road last March. In December, the shameless fiend launched an appeal to cut his 27-year sentence.

Gellately was caged for ten years in 2015 after he was found guilty of a string of attacks, including four rapes and an indecent assault.

His victims were targeted in Dumfriesshire, East Kilbride and Kilmarnock from 2006 to 2013.

In November he admitted fighting wardens as they tried to stop him slashing his wrists.

He got six months to run alongside his ten-year term.

The Scottish Prison Service said last night: “We cannot comment on individual prisoners.”

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