Da Vinci rapist ‘could be released next year’

Local residents of Midlothian lay seige to Robert Greens' house outside Bonnyrigg. Picture: Toby Williams

Local residents of Midlothian lay seige to Robert Greens' house outside Bonnyrigg. Picture: Toby Williams

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DA Vinci rapist Robert Greens could be freed in 2016 – with his parole hearing due in the New Year.

Gorebridge Community Council chairman Eddie Robertson has claimed Greens will be rehomed in Midlothian – though police did not confirm this to the Evening News.

Robert Greens, the so-called Da Vinci Rapist. Picture: Contributed

Robert Greens, the so-called Da Vinci Rapist. Picture: Contributed

Mr Robertson told Gorebridge Community Council he had received confirmation of Green’s potential move back to the area, from Inspector Michelle Ritchie.

“I have had a talk with Michelle Ritchie regarding this and she said Greens is up for parole next year,” Mr Robertson said.

“If he is successful he will be rehoused somewhere in Midlothian.”

Residents took to the streets in 2012 amid angry scenes as word spread that Greens, who raped a student at Rosslyn Chapel in 2005, was back in the area just months after being driven out.

He had been released from prison early, but the next year he was returned to jail for beaking one of the conditions of release, by travelling to the home town of his former wife.

Neighbours laid siege to the home of Greens after he returned to Midlothian.

Soon after it emerged the high-profile rapist – one of Scotland’s most dangerous sex offenders – had moved into a rural cottage on the outskirts of Bonnyrigg. Local people began demanding his removal and accused the authorities of using the property – which was previously occupied by child sex offender William Dunsmore – as “a dumping ground for sexual predators”.

Greens would be eligible for parole next year given that his original ten-year sentence would have expired.

The community council had queried this with the community police officer who attended its October meeting, following rumours on social media.

Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg believes protests will return if Greens is released, wherever he lives.

He said: “The same thing will happen again. It doesn’t matter if it’s eight or ten years.

“If he got put back in Dalkeith, Mayfield, wherever, there would be an uproar.

“People will find out one way or another and there will be protests.

“It’s a difficult situation. I can understand people being upset. But if he is released then it’s going to be a case of, where do they put him?”

A crowd of up to 30 protesters held banners reading “Beast” and “Da Vinci Rapist” while passing motorists honked their horns in support of them in 2012.

The address where he was living three years ago was just 15 minutes’ drive from the scene of the rape.

One local parent, who spoke at the time, said police, who have supplied residents with emergency contact numbers, had told her Greens was still considered a danger to women.

She said she was told by police that “he wasn’t a danger to my kids, just me”.