Paedophile ‘should be with other beasts in jail’

John McCallum has refused to be segregated with other sex offenders. Picture: Esme Allen
John McCallum has refused to be segregated with other sex offenders. Picture: Esme Allen
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TWIN sisters raped and abused by their depraved uncle today called on prison bosses to house the jailed paedophile with other “beasts”.

Their attacker, John McCallum, refused to be put into segregation with other sex offenders at Saughton Prison and has been allowed a cell in the jail’s general population.

His victims, Rachel Steadwood and Tracy Brown, 40, branded the move an “absolute disgrace”.

The twins said that the decision not to segregate McCallum has allowed him to “continue pretending he’s innocent”.

The sisters have also been upset by a letter from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) confirming that McCallum, who was jailed last month for ten years, could be eligible for release as early as September 2018.

McCallum, 53, was caged for subjecting his nieces to eight years of attacks when they were aged between five and 13.

Earlier this week the Evening News revealed that McCallum, from Loanhead, had hired feared gangland enforcer Frank Doris to protect him behind bars.

Tracy said: “I think it’s an absolute disgrace. That man has been given the choice where he serves time. In prison your right to choose your life should stop. John McCallum destroyed our lives yet he’s allowed to continue pretending he’s innocent and the prison is helping him. He’s making out that we’re liars and he did nothing.

“He should be with the other beasts. He’s a paedophile, a monster, and he belongs with his own kind.”

McCallum was convicted of abusing his nieces in his caravan at a Duddingston travellers’ site and in Loanhead, where the businessman 
also lived, between 1978 and 1987.

Rachel said: “I’m totally disgusted by this. He tore our lives apart, and he’s walking about in general population telling everyone, ‘see I’m innocent, I’m not in with the beasts’. Well, he is a beast. He should have no choice where he goes and I’d appeal to the prison authorities to move him.

“I’m sure many other victims don’t realise their attackers have a choice where they go in jail. My heart has been ripped out.”

According to the letter Rachel received, McCallum’s first appointment before the parole board is set for September 5, 2018 and, if unsuccessful, he would be automatically released early on May 5, 2020 and remain on licence until 2023.

Rachel added: “If someone gets ten years then I believe they should serve ten years, no time off for good behaviour, especially if you show no remorse. He could be free in five years after raping and abusing me and my sister. Where’s the justice in that?”

Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: “It shouldn’t be up to prisoners to dictate where they are housed in jail, particularly when the conviction is of such a serious nature.”

McCallum’s wife, Nicola, who is standing by him, said: “He’s not a sex offender. Why should he want to be with the beasts when he’s not one? I will continue to fight to get him out of prison.”

An SPS spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on the circumstances of individual prisoners, however the SPS is satisfied that the appropriate management decisions were taken in this case.”