Colin Beattie, SNP MSP for Midlothian North, today clarified rumours regarding ‘Da Vinci rapist’ Robert Greens.
Greens was jailed in 2005 for raping and battering a Dutch student near Rosslyn Chapel.
Rumours had been widespread that he would be moving into a house in Preston Place, Pathhead, with around 100 locals gathering there yesterday.
Mr Beattie has now clarified with Midlothian Council that Mr Greens is not moving into the property but a local family will be in the very near future.
Mr Beattie said: “I am glad to be able to put people’s minds at rest. Many concerned residents had rightly contacted me and I had to take action to seek answers.
“When I met with Pathhead residents last night, the strength of feeling clearly indicated that Greens would not be welcome. If he had been moved into this property – with families with young children on either side – it would have been a disaster waiting to happen.
“I raised this urgently with the council and I can confirm to residents that a local family will be moved into this property.
“The rumour mill had clearly got out of hand but we can be reassured now that, wherever Greens is re-housed, it won’t be in Pathhead.”