Are these the headlines that got Sandra Lean thinking?Victory for residents as Da Vinci rapist rehoused.
8 Feb 2012.
DA Vinci rapist Robert Greens has been rehoused after demonstrators demanded his eviction.
Councillor Margot Russell yesterday said Greens had been moved following a risk assessment by the multi-agency public protection panel, who manage convicted sex offenders.
On Friday, we revealed more than 100 people marched on Midlothian Council’s head office.
Many held placards saying, “Get rapist out” – in protest that the 33-year-old was housed in a residential block in Dalkeith, surrounded by families.
Dalkeith councillor Russell said the panel took the decision to remove him after residents voiced concerns.
The location where Greens has been rehoused remains unknown.
Greens was released from Saughton prison, Edinburgh, last month after serving five years of a 10-year sentence for a sex attack on a 19-year-old Dutch student near Rosslyn Chapel in 2005.
Residents – who discovered Greens’s new home after it was reported in the press – demanded the local authority remove him.
Russell said: “My understanding is he has not been in the property since Saturday.
“There was a risk assessment meeting on Friday and the decision was taken later on.
“I’ve been approached by many elderly people and constituents with young families. He was always going to have security 24 hours a day but there were still concerns.
“One of the issues many elderly people raised was the type of attention his being there might attract and the possibility of vigilante attacks.
“Speaking in a personal capacity, I don’t think he should have been released – he should have served his sentence.”
Russell stressed Greens would be subject to the same level of security at his new premises.
She said: “He was housed in Jarnac Court, presumably because it has a lot of CCTV cameras and it’s near the police station.
“But Dalkeith was not the right place for him, especially not the town centre.”http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/02/08/victory-for-residents-as-da-vinci-rapist-rehoused-86908-23740065/