Why is evil paedophile 'The Beast of Sligo' free to roam the streets despite being jailed for 238 years?By Stephanie Darrall
Last updated at 4:13 PM on 28th August 2011
One of Britain's most notorious paedophiles - dubbed the Beast of Sligo- is back on the streets and free to mingle with children and families.
Irishman Joseph McColgan, 69 was spotted among families at a car boot sale in Plymouth, Devon
Evil McColgan was jailed for a record 238 years for repeatedly raping and beating his own children.
The Beast of Sligo: Joseph McColgan is free to mingle with unsuspecting families
He has now been released early on licence before serving even half of his latest sentence.
McColgan is staying at the Lawson House bail hostel in Plymouth - directly opposite one of the city's main colleges.
But he was tight lipped about his future and whether he would be staying in Devon - where he lived for some time after being released from Dublin's Arbour Hill jail.
He said: 'I cannot talk about it. I am on parole.
'I don't know where I will live. I cannot talk to you.'
Among other offences, McColgan attempted to force his then nine-year-old son to have sex with his seven-year-old daughter.
He also abused all four of his children with cattle prods and burning them.
But the evil paedophile was seen happily chatting to youngsters and adults at the car boot sale.
He spoke with one young man as he tried to buy some spanners for his old bike and looked at stalls selling children's toys.
Shoppers looking for a bargain were unaware of McColgan's notoriety as he potted around on his own before cycling back to the bail hostel.
evil: The paedophile is currently living in a bail hostel in Plymouth
His home was yards away from a primary school and his immediate neighbours were unaware of his vile past - along with parents of young children who played in the street nearby.
They were shocked when they discovered who he was and his horrific offending.
When Judge Graham Cottle jailed him at Exeter, he told McColgan: 'You are quite clearly a very dangerous man.
'You are a danger to children and upon your release I very much hope that you are supervised to the highest possible level by the authorities.
'If that is not put in place then children will continue to be at serious risk from you and your activities.'
Detective Constable Steve Harris, of Devon and Cornwall police, said McColgan was an arrogant man who could not accept his offending.
Yesterday McColgan was true to form branding those who made claims against him that he was grooming or watching children as 'liars'.
A National Offender Management Service spokesperson told the Mail Online today:'Sex offenders who are released from prison on licence will be supervised by the Probation Service and police in the community, such offenders are subject to strict licence conditions and can be recalled to custody if they breach their licence conditions.'
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