Collette Gallacher case to be raised at ministerial level by Corby MP

Tom Pursglove says he will raise issues surrounding the release of Adam Stein at the highest level

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 10:23 am

Corby's MP has pledged to speak to ministers after the family of murdered Corby schoolgirl Collette Gallacher raised fears over the fact the man who killed their sister will not be on the sex offenders register.

Tom Pursglove says he will put their case to Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Justice Secretary.

Collette's sisters Claire and Lauren Holmes are appealing for the beast who killed her, Adam Stein, to be put on the sex offenders register (SOR) after it was revealed he could shortly be released.He was sentenced to 25 years for Collette’s brutal murder in Corby in February 1986.Stein will not go on the register because he committed his crimes before 1997 when the law was brought in to protect those who had suffered at the hands of sex attackers. Claire, 29, and Lauren,36, say this is wrong, and that Stein should be added to the SOR alongside all other sex offenders.

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Collette's case will be raised at the highest level by town MP Tom Pursglove

On hearing of their case, Mr Pursglove said that he would do everything he could to help them.

"This is a harrowing situation," he said.

"The pain that they have been through over so many years is unimaginable. I hope to work with them to take the case to the Home Office to see if they can have a really, really close look at it. So many people who have committed crimes in the past will not be on the sex offenders register.

"One of the things I can do is to speak to ministers - particularly given the government's pledge to focus on the protection of victims. This seems to me to be an anomaly in the law in that if he had committed his crimes after 1997 he would be subject to the requirements of the SOR.

The mam who led the investigation, Detective Superintendent Tony Buckmaster, speaks to a police officer outside the house in Ashley Avenue where Collette was killed. Image: JPI Media.

"This crime was unthinkable. I just can't imagine the pain that Collette's family must have been through."

The house where Collette was killed was eventually pulled down. Image: JPI Media.