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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: August 2, 1989
Date of birth: 1954
Victims profile: Two security guards
Method of murder: Burns and asphyixiation (poured white spirit over them and tossed in lit matches)
Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Status: Sentenced to life in prison in February 1990 (he would not be released alive under the terms of a whole life tariff)

Victor Castigador

An illegal immigrant who came to Britain from the Philippines in 1985, Castigador was jailed for life in 1990 for murdering two Sri Lankan security guards during a robbery at a Soho amusement arcade where he himself worked. Along with two other men, he tied up the guards and the female cashier, doused them in white spirit and locked them in a wire cage in the basement before tossing in lit matches.


Víctor Castigador (born Philippines, 1954) is a murderer who led an infamous grudge attack on an amusement arcade in London which burned two security guards to death and badly injured two other people.


Castigador entered the UK illegally in 1985 and eventually got a job at an amusement arcade in Soho, London. Although he continued to work there, he and the arcade's proprietor developed a rift and Castigador, feeling a grudge, decided to concoct a plan to rob the arcade.

With four younger accomplices, Castigador broke into the arcade in the late hours of August 2nd, 1989. The arcade had just closed and the relief manager and cashier were going through the evening's takings when guns were pointed at their heads. The safe was duly emptied of cash.

The manager and cashier, along with two security guards from Sri Lanka, were then forced at gunpoint into the inner cage of the arcade's security vault. At this point, three of the robbers withdrew, but Castigador and teenage accomplice Paul Clinton stayed behind. They tied the hostages up, poured white spirit over them and tossed in lit matches before leaving, locking the door behind them.

The two security guards died of burns and asphyixiation but the manager and cashier were still alive and badly injured - with 30 per cent burns - when more staff arrived the next morning and raised the alarm. They identified Castigador as the chief culprit and he was arrested, along with Clinton and three others.


Both men went on trial in February 1990 and were convicted of two murders, 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.

Castigador remains in prison to this day, even though the European Court of Human Rights later ruled that whole life tariffs were unlawful if passed by a politician rather than a member of the judiciary.

Clinton, whose youthfulness was taken into account, was given a 20 year tariff. Three other people were also jailed. Clinton appealed against the length of his tariff in 2003 but this was rejected.

Castigador could be freed under his original tariff in 2015, but it is regarded as inconceivable that he will ever be released.


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