Da Vinci rapist breaks his silence to protester: Just get me out of here

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DA Vinci rapist Robert Greens has broken his silence to reveal he has a girlfriend in the south of England and wants to leave Midlothian to go and live with her.

Greens, convicted of what a judge described as “one of the worst cases of rape” ever dealt with at the High Court, denied the horrific attack on a Dutch student in 2005, but said he now just wanted to “live his life”.

Robert Greens' cottage

Robert Greens' cottage

It emerged that Greens, who has faced a barrage of protest since his release, has a panic alarm installed and keeps a fire extinguisher close to hand in the bare house in Bonnyrigg over fears of a fire-raising attack.

He also complained that he was not allowed to keep his two Staffordshire bull terrier dogs, which he has pictures of on his mobile phone, over fears that they may be poisoned. He said he did not like living in a house which was previously the home of a convicted paedophile.

He frequently visits the Capital. And he wants to meet the leader of the protests, which have taken place regularly outside the house,

His comments came in a five-and-a-half-hour, late-night conversation with a protester who turned up outside Greens’ cottage after a night out on Saturday. Despite police 
warning people not to be alone with Greens, the protester – who has asked to remain anonymous – decided to knock on the door. They were shocked when the sex offender appeared at the door and then invited them in.

The rapist then spent hours talking to the protester, who later met with the Evening News to reveal for the first time how Greens lives.

The protester said: “I had walked a friend home after the pub and decided to head out to the protest. There were no other people there, so I decided to try knocking on his door. I couldn’t believe it when he opened it.

“He invited me in and I said ‘yes’, as I thought that it would be good to hear his side of the story.”

Inside the house, Greens had two brown leather two-seater sofas in front of a small flatscreen television which played chart music from a digital radio channel. The house was sparsely furnished, with no pictures or posters on the wall and no books or magazines lying around.

Everything seemed like a normal home – except for CCTV cameras mounted inside to monitor the sex offender, the tapes of which are locked in his attic and only accessible by police.

Greens also has a grey panic alarm and a small fire extinguisher, provided by police in case of firebomb attack, and keeps two notebooks – one in his front room and another in his kitchen – to log any incidents that happen at the house for police to check.

Clothed in a designer Kangol top, khaki chinos and Puma trainers, Greens calmly smoked roll-up cigarettes throughout from a tobacco tin bearing his initials. The visitor said: “He told me that he hates being housed in the former home of the paedophile William Dunsmore because he hates child abusers and that he wants to leave Midlothian, but MAPPA (multi agency public protection arrangements) have refused. He can’t understand why he has been rehoused in Midlothian anyway as this is where he committed his offence.

“He wants to move to the south of England to live with his girlfriend, who he met while in prison. He feels he has served his time and now only wants to live his life.”

He also complained that he was not allowed to keep his two Staffordshire bull terrier dogs – Greens has a picture of one of them on his mobile phone – as there are fears they might be harmed. He said the tag of “Da Vinci rapist” was one which upset him, and he revealed that he spent most of his days in the Capital, taken there by his case 
worker.

Greens, who was drunk and on drugs when he carried out the rape at Rosslyn Chapel, initially blamed the attack on his twin brother.

As a result Greens was mystified as to why protesters refer to him as “Bobby” when he has always been known as “Twinny”.

The protester said he had been told by Greens that he [Greens] would “chop his [own] hands off before reoffending again” – and had written a letter to his victim but hadn’t sent it.

Greens also said he trained as a bricklayer in prison and while there worked as a 
“listener” to other sex 
offenders.

The visitor added: “He said he wants me to let everyone know his side of the story. His main wish is to meet with the protest organiser, Sharon O’Donnell, but only to talk about the protest, not his crime.”

When told of the offer to meet with Greens, protest organiser Ms O’Donnell said: “Nothing he has to say interests me. He is a diagnosed psychopath and as a result is devious and manipulative by nature.

“He just wants everybody to feel sorry for him and I never will. Hell would freeze over first.

“In my eyes he’s a dirty monster and a manipulator.”

Greens has faced a barrage of protests since he was released from prison in January, having served half of a 
ten-year sentence.

He was moved out of the Lothians in May to a secret location as a plan was drawn up to “reintegrate” him into the community.

However, when he surfaced in Bonnyrigg last month, angry residents immediately laid siege to his home.

Protests have included hundreds of marchers descending on his property, chanting from behind police barriers.

A Midlothian Council spokesman said: “Robert Greens is appropriately 
supervised under arrangements to protect the safety of the public. That does not prevent him from having visitors.”