Family Insist Child Killer ‘Must Never Be Released’

Family Insist Child Killer 'Must Never Be Released'
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FAMILY insist child killer ‘must never be released’ after the parole board gives the go-ahead for a convicted child killer to be released next month.

Adam Stein killed Collette Gallacher in Corby, Northants, in 1986. The young girl was only six years old at the time of her death, and now the family say that he should never be released.

Sisters Claire and Lauren Holmes have spoken out to challenge the decision made by the parole board to release the killer back into society. Speaking to The Mirror Lauren, aged 36 spoke about her fears, she said “We don’t want him to slither back into society unnoticed.”


She also said that she considers him a risk and explained that, “He’ll always be a risk – he’s a sexual deviant.”

Sister Claire spoke of the family’s pain and said, “No one deserves the pain this family has been through.

“I grew up speaking to a headstone. Our biggest fear is that he’ll reoffend. We worry it’s just a matter of time.”

Steen had abducted the child by luring her to his house where he then sexually assaulted her. He suffocated her and then hid her body. Not only did Steen take the child’s life but he also pretended to help the police search when he joined in the volunteer search team which consisted of hundreds of people.

Lauren said, “He had the audacity to pretend he was helping in the search for Collette…he has never tried to apologise.”

“We know we can’t keep him in prison for ever. But it is our family who has had the life sentence, not him.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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