It has been confirmed that the Da Vinci rapist Robert Greens could be back living in Midlothian next year with his parole hearing due in 2016.
Gorebridge Community Council received confirmation of this from Inspector Michelle Ritchie.
Greens would be eligible for parole next year given that his original ten year sentence would be up.
The group had queried this with the community police officer who attended its October meeting, following rumours on social media.
Outgoing Gorebridge Community Council chairman Eddie Roebrtson, speaking at his group’s latest meeting last week, said: “I have had a talk with Michelle Ritchie regarding this and she said Greens is up for parole next year.
“If he is successful he will be re-housed somewhere in Midlothian.”
Greens, from Mayfield, was dubbed the Da Vinci rapist for his horrific attack in 2006 on a Dutch student near Rosslyn Chapel, a key location in the book The Da Vinci Code.
He was freed from prison in 2012 under the automatic early release system, having served two thirds of his sentence. Greens sparked protests by hundreds of furious locals near when he was rehoused at Butlerfield cottages near Bonnyrigg after his first release. But the following year, he returned to prison after he broke one of the conditions of his release by visiting Penicuik, the home town of his former wife.
Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg believes the protests will return if Greens is released, wherever he lives.
He said: “The same thing will happen again. It doesn’t matter if it’s eight or ten years.
“If he got put back in Dalkeith, Mayfield, wherever, there would be an uproar.
“People will find out one way or another and there will be protests.
“It’s a difficult situation. I can understand people being upset. But if he is released then it’s going to be a case of where do they put him?
“If he got moved to Ayrshire I’m sure people would kick-up in Ayrshire.
“There’s no easy answer, nobody wants him in their community after he committed such a heinous crime.”
Mr Hogg admitted that if Greens was released he would have sympathy with the police and the local authority.
He said: “What he did was horrendous and he has been punished for it. He will have to get released sometime.
“It’s a difficult one. People will say you should get a second chance. But other people will say they don’t want him in their back yard too.
“The council will have to decide where that will be. They have to place him somewhere. So I think it’s difficult for the council and the police.”
The police, the Scottish Prison Service and Midlothian Council declined the opportunity to comment. The Scottish Parole Board said it does not comment on individual cases.