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Ian Huntley's daughter thanks her mum for keeping her dad's identity secret until giving her a 'box of clippings' at 18

Mirror logo Mirror 26/04/2017 Lara Martin

Holly Wells and her best friend, Jessica Chapman. © PA Wire Holly Wells and her best friend, Jessica Chapman. The daughter of Soham murderer Ian Huntley has thanked her mum for keeping her dad's identity a secret.

Samantha Bryan gave a rare interview on Channel 5 documentary Soham Revisited: 15 Years On, which examined Huntley's murders of ten year old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

She was just 14 years old when she learned notorious murderer Huntley is her father, after a chance discovery while researching a school project on Google.

But she doesn't blame her mum for the shocking discovery – instead thanking her for protecting her.

"I think you did do the right thing by not telling me everything straight away because it would have been a lot harder for me to process and it probably – at 11, it would have confused me," said Samantha.

"It made me realise, just how brave and strong you are, and how much I admire you as a person. It makes me proud to be your daughter."

She also vowed Huntley will “never deserve” to be called her dad after she discovered her connection to the killer while researching a school project on Google.

“If he was expecting to get some sort of message from me he’d be lucky to get one,” said Samantha on the show.

Sam revealed her link to Huntley after her 18th birthday. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Sam revealed her link to Huntley after her 18th birthday. He doesn’t even deserve to be known or called my biological father and he will never deserve to be called dad.”

Samantha explained how she discovered her father's identity while researching a school project.

"I found out through school. We was doing the crime rates in Grimsby and Cleethorpes and – so that’s all I put into Google and the picture of my mum came up so I clicked on it which took me straight to the story," she recalled.

"I was extremely upset, I didn’t really know what to think."

"I wasn’t, angry at my mum for not telling me what he’d done because at that age I – I wouldn’t want my children to know that," said Sam.

Samantha's mum Katie Bryan had been just 15 years old when she first met Huntley and moved in with him.

The picture of her mum and Huntley that Samantha discovered. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The picture of her mum and Huntley that Samantha discovered. Katie claimed in the Channel 5 documentary she suffered abuse at the hands of Huntley during their time together

"There was one time where I’d burnt his dinner– and he said I was useless I couldn’t get anything right," she said.

"He said to me that I’m making him eat that rubbish and tried to feed me cat food. He forced my head into it, he tried to get it in my mouth."

Katie said she finally left Huntley after he punched her in the stomach at three months pregnant and she realised she had to get out in order to protect her child.

She never intended to tell Samantha the identity of her father - until the Soham murders happened and Huntley's face and name were inescapable.

Huntley was found guilty in December 2003 of murdering Holly and Jessica in the village of Soham, Cambridgeshire and given two life sentences.

The girls had gone missing on the evening of August 4, 2002 after leaving a family barbecue to buy sweets. Their bodies were found two weeks later.

Huntley was the caretaker at their school and had actually appeared on TV during the search for the girls asking those with information to come forward.

When Samantha was 11, Katie told her that her biological dad was a "nasty man" and she would never see him.

Then when Samantha was 18, Katie gave her a box of clippings detailing Huntley's murderous past.

It also explained how Huntley was caught, the aftermath of his trial and how the incident impacted the people around it.

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