Twin brother of Da Vinci Code rapist ‘terrorised neighbours’

Richard Greens and wife Lee. Picture: UNS
Richard Greens and wife Lee. Picture: UNS
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THE identical twin brother of Da Vinci Code rapist Robert Greens is to be booted out of his home after he and wife terrorised neighbours in a three year campaign of anti-social behaviour.

Council bosses have won a court order to evict Richard Greens, 39, and his wife Lee after a string of complaints that they were ‘neighbours from hell’.

Complaints about their anti-social behaviour included drug use, violence, dogs barking, swearing and shouting, and lawn mowers and hoovers being used late at night.

One neighbour complained that their seven-year-old daughter could not sleep at night and was exposed to the smell of cannabis coming from the Greens’ home.

During a police raid on the property in 2015, 10 grams of heroin was found and Lee Greens, 37, was convicted of dealing drugs from the house. She was placed on a drug treatment and testing order.

A sheriff has now ordered that the Greens be removed from the three bedroom semi-detached house in Penicuik, Midlothian, following a hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

In a written ruling, Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC said: “Having heard the witnesses give evidence I have no hesitation in accepting the witnesses of the pursuer as credible and reliable.

“I believe the anti-social behaviour has continued even after the drugs raid in May 2015.

“I did not believe Richard Greens. He struck me as dishonest. He denied smoking cannabis in the property but his demeanour in my judgement told a different story.

“He was uncomfortable when cross examined and challenged. He repeatedly tried to minimise the level of disturbance at the property.

“I had particular regard to the nature, frequency and duration of this conduct in general which can only be described on the evidence as unrelenting and demoralising for the neighbours who have to live with and endure it.

“I considered the conduct is entirely the responsibility of the defender and her husband. The neighbours are blameless in this affair. At least one neighbour did not want to come forward publicly to give evidence, from which I infer that person is afraid. I consider it reasonable to make the order.”

Following the sheriff’s ruling, the Greens have until November 10 to vacate the house which is let to them by Midlothian Council.

In 2012 Richard Greens was jailed for a year for attacking a man after he was mistaken for his twin.

He threw Garry Campbell down concrete stairs while evicting him from a party. His wife was also convicted of assaulting the victim.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard the attack was prompted by someone at the party calling Greens “Robert” - the name of the brother jailed in 2005 for raping a Dutch student near Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian.

The historic chapel featured in Dan Brown’s blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, earning Robert Greens his nickname.

The rapist initially tried to blame his twin brother for the attack before pleading guilty.

His terrified victim had been on a sightseeing visit to the chapel but got lost and didn’t get there until closing time. She then set out to walk to nearby Bonnyrigg to visit a friend.

Greens drove past the her in his car, parked in a layby and walked back. He threw her down a steep embankment, then savagely beat and raped her.