TWIN sisters who were raped by their depraved uncle today said “beasts belong with other beasts” after he was moved into the sex offenders’ wing at Saughton Prison amid fears for his safety.
John McCallum is now behind bars with inmates including serial murderer Peter Tobin in a move welcomed by victims Rachel and Tracy Steadwood.
The 53-year-old had demanded to be kept in general population after being sentenced last September to ten years for abusing his nieces when they were children. The shamed businessman hired gangland enforcer Frank Doris to protect him from attacks.
But a notorious prison hardman disgusted by McCallum’s crimes, warned he would not allow the convicted paedophile to be protected.
Prison bosses transferred McCallum to Dumfries Prison after learning he was in danger, but McCallum was moved back to Saughton to allow family visits. He was put in the sex offenders’ wing for his own protection.
McCallum, from Loanhead, Midlothian, subjected his nieces to eight years of attacks when they were aged between five and 13. The twins surrendered their anonymity to highlight the terrible abuse they suffered.
Rachel, 40, said: “He’s with the other sex offenders where he belongs. He should never have been in general population. Beasts belong with other beasts.
“Me and my sister were very upset when we heard that he was in general population. He’s still saying he’s innocent, but at least he’s with his own kind now.”
McCallum hired Doris – who is serving 13 years for conspiring to murder a businessman in a contract hit – as his bodyguard.
A source said: “Everything was all right at first for McCallum. He even had prisoners making him cups of tea. But then a hardman – who is feared and respected – said he wouldn’t allow McCallum to be protected because he was disgusted by his crimes. He’s not someone Doris could take on, so Doris backed off.”
McCallum’s wife, Nicola, who is standing by him, said: “My husband doesn’t want to be in the sex offenders’ wing because he’s not a sex offender. He’s innocent.”
A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual prisoners.”