Glasgow child killer who raped and murdered 6-year-old girl set for prison release within weeks – Glasgow Live
Adam Stein is expected to be freed on parole next month after serving life for abducting and killing little Collette Gallacher in the English steel town of Corby.
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A Glasgow dad who raped and murdered a six-year-old girl looks set to be freed from prison within weeks.
Adam Stein will be released on parole from a life sentence for abducting and killing little Collette Gallacher in 1986 after moving to Corby.
Now her family believe he'll return to his home city when he is paroled in March, the Daily Record reports.
Collette's sisters Claire and Lauren Holmes are appealing to anyone who may have fallen victim to the 61-year-old in the past to come forward and help put him back behind bars.
Claire explained: "We want people in Scotland to be aware of him so he can't hide from what he's done.
"It's a scary thought he's just going to be let back into society. He could go back to Scotland in weeks.
"The more stories we're hearing now, we wonder if there might be others in Glasgow or Scotland who could have been a victim.
"If anyone does come forward it could put him back inside for the rest of his life."
Collette was snatched by Stein as she went to catch the bus to school in Corby in February 1986.
Her mum Karen made a public appeal to find her in the town known as Little Scotland due to its large expat community.
Five days later Collette's body was discovered in Stein's loft after the welder went to a friend's home and tried to take his own life. A court heard he lured Collette into his flat with crisps after his wife fled with their young son.
Stein sexually assaulted her and suffocated her then hid her body.
He was given a life sentence with his tariff for parole set at 18 to 20 years.
Stein is understood to have left Scotland in the 80s. He spent time in Amsterdam and was briefly married to a woman from London but moved to Accrington, Lancashire, where he settled down with another partner.
When that ended he moved to Corby, where many Scots worked at the local steel plant. Collette's family has learned that in 1984, two years before the murder, Stein was -investigated and arrested by police after an accusation of rape.
No charges were ever brought and he was not prosecuted.
The family understand he was questioned over a sexual assault in Scotland between 1980 and 1983.
Claire said: "We understand he has history of being questioned in Scotland in connection with a previous sexual offence prior to murdering my sister. Why did he move from Scotland to England?
"He could have offended anywhere in the 1980s. We are appealing to anyone who may have been previously attacked by him, who didn't feel brave enough to come out.
"Four people from our town have stepped forward with information. The more that come out make us realise how many more cases there could be across the country."
In 2016, Stein was released to an address in the south-east of England but was back behind bars within 14 months after driving offences.
He has been granted parole under strict conditions but cannot be put on the sex offenders' register because it came into force in 1997. Claire, who was born after Collette's murder, and Lauren, 36, are appealing the parole board's decision.
The Parole Board confirmed a panel directed the release of Stein after examining a range of evidence.
Northamptonshire Police said a cold case team had investigated a previous allegation of sexual assault by Stein in the Milton Keynes area and they were aware of an earlier investigation in Scotland.
They urged alleged victims of historic crime to come forward.
Police Scotland said it could not comment on the Scottish investigation.