Glasgow child killer who raped and murdered 6-year-old gets out of jail

A Glasgow father who raped and murdered a six-year-old girl has been released from prison.

Adam Stein was convicted of the gruesome murder of little Collette Gallacher in 1986 and jailed for life.

Thirty-five years later, he is on parole with strict conditions after a campaign led by the family of his victim, reports the Daily Record.

Stein, now 61, snatched Collette off as she was on a school bus, luring her to her apartment with crisps in the English steel town of Corby, after moving south of the border to early 1980s.

Her body was found in her loft five days later.

Stein, who had previously been questioned about a sexual assault in Scotland, has not been pictured since he was jailed for the murder.

He was released in 2016, but returned to prison after just 14 months for violating the conditions of his parole.

Now Collette’s sister, Claire Holmes, 29, has revealed that the family were informed of Stein’s freedom by a family liaison officer, saying: “Stein has been released from jail in southeastern England. “

The news comes just weeks after they issued a warning that he could return to his hometown when re-released and called on anyone with information about Stein’s past in Scotland to come forward.

Collette’s other sister, Lauren, said: “He’s always going to be a risk – he’s a sexual deviant.”

We have previously explained how the former welder, who was part of a large community of Scottish expatriates to move to Corby to work in the local steelworks, had to be subject to the strictest possible multi-agency public protection arrangements ( MAPPA) after a campaign by the family prompted a review.

He was released on a tag at an undisclosed address last week and is banned from contact with young people, including visiting parks, playgrounds and swimming pools.

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The family vowed to continue to fight against the fact that he is not a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) because the registry went into effect in 1997 and because he was not convicted of the rape of Collette – despite the details of the sexual assault being part of his trial and subsequent investigation.

Claire said of the severe restrictions on Stein: “This is great news and an added layer of protection, but we will always continue our campaign. We are not going to stop yet.”

The Parole Board in England has confirmed Stein’s parole.

He said the decision was made by examining the original crime, evidence of a change in behavior, as well as the harm to victims and family.

A spokesperson said: “Protecting the public is our number one priority. No prisoner will be released if their risk management plan is not strong enough or if the license conditions are not strict enough.”

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