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COURT OF FLAW; Sex fiend free after alleged victim's outbursts.

Byline: GORDON McILWRAITH

A DANGEROUS sex beast walked free yesterday because his alleged victim couldn't keep his mouth shut.

Convicted paedophile Dennis Leckie, 39, was jailed for nine years for threatening to sexually molest teenager Steven Mitchell. A judge ruled that he was such a threat to youngsters he should be closely monitored for five years after his release.

But the Appeal Court allowed a re-trial because the judge had wrongly prevented a particular line of questioning. Three subsequent re-trials had to be aborted after Mitchell said that Leckie was a known sex attacker.

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday the teenager blurted out: "He is a well-known paedophile. He tried to rape me and he should go to jail or get hung."

Now the Crown has dropped charges against him because a fourth re-trial is unlikely to be granted. The entire courtroom farce is reckoned to have cost the taxpayer around pounds 75,000.

After his conviction in 2000 it was revealed Leckie was previously jailed for sodomising a young boy and for another sex attack on a youth.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2002
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