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Today Claire and Lauren Holmes will visit the grave where their sister lies – snatched from them exactly 35 years ago by a paedophile child killer.

But on this anniversary their unrelenting agony over her loss will run deeper than ever. Because in a month’s time, six-year-old Collette’s murderer will be back on the streets.

Now the devastated sisters, who are challenging a Parole Board decision to release twisted Adam Stein, fear he will strike again. And they believe he may have attacked other children before Collette.

“He’ll always be a risk – he’s a sexual deviant,” said Lauren, 36. “We don’t want him to slither back into society unnoticed.”

Claire, 29, added: “No one deserves the pain this family has been through. It’s neverending. I grew up speaking to a headstone. Our biggest fear is that he’ll reoffend. We worry it’s just a matter of time.”

Their sister Collette was murdered by Adam Stein in 1986

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Lauren was just a baby when the big sister she would never know vanished on her way to catch a bus to school.

She had been abducted by welder Stein who lured her to his house after buying her some crisps at a local shop on February 28, 1986.

Stein, now 61, sexually assaulted Collette before suffocating her and hiding her body in his attic. The brazen killer then joined 700 people who volunteered to help the police search for Collette in her home town of Corby, Northants.

And he watched as her anguished mum Karen made a public appeal for her safe return, saying: “She is just a child who can do you no harm and I beg you not to hurt her.”

But Collette’s body was discovered in his attic on March 4 after he tried to slit his wrists – leaving a note which said he had “done wrong”.

Evil Adam Stein abducted and murdered the six-year-old girl
Evil Adam Stein abducted and murdered the six-year-old girl

But such scant remorse means nothing to Lauren: “He had the audacity to pretend he was helping in the search for Collette, and then he was drinking in a pub a few hundred yards from her body.

“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. He’s getting chances at life that Collette will never have.

Stein admitted murder on the day his trial was set to start in October 1986 but a charge of raping Collette was allowed to lie on file. He was given life with a minimum of 20 years.

Glaswegian Stein was briefly released from prison in 2016, then recalled months later after committing driving offences.

The Parole Board recommended he should be released again last month – despite documents seen by the Sunday Mirror that show the board was told he had a history of “distorted sexual fantasies about children”.

The files also show Stein was examined by a prison psychologist in 2018, who raised a number of concerns about his mindset.

One said: “The psychologist considered he had demonstrated inappropriate sexual fantasies and used distorted thinking to justify inappropriate behaviours.”

Lauren said: “Are we supposed to believe he’s reformed just three years after that?”

Colette's body was found in the killer's attic
Collette’s body was found in the killer’s attic

The sisters believe he was questioned over a sexual assault in his native Scotland in the early Eighties. In 1984, he was arrested following a report of rape in Milton Keynes, Bucks, but not charged.

Lauren recalled a chilling conversation with an aunt. “Before he killed Collette, she saw him walking down the street. She told us, ‘The hairs on my neck stood up, as if my body was telling me I was in danger. When I got out of his eyeline, I ran’.”

Hundreds of volunteers joined the search for Colette when she disappeared
Hundreds of volunteers joined the search for Collette when she disappeared

The sisters are now desperate for anyone who might have information on any alleged previous offences by Stein to come forward.

Claire said: “We’d support them 100%. I know they might think, ‘If I’d said something then, would Collette still be here?’ But he is the monster – we don’t blame anyone else.

“We understand it’s not easy to do but if someone came forward it could get him off the streets for ever.”

Lauren told how she only discovered the full horror of her sister’s death when her mum showed her the newspaper coverage when she was 10.

She said: “Collette has always been part of our family, although she’s not here. It completely broke my grandad.

“The one time I saw him cry was at the cemetery. He said, ‘That’s all we’ve got left of your sister’. Then he burst into tears. I didn’t know what to do, so I just ran to the car. My grandparents said she was a brilliant big sister and couldn’t wait for me to arrive. People said she doted on me.”

Now the family will spend today by Collette’s graveside.

Lauren (left) and Claire Holmes, whose sister Colette was murdered 35 years ago
Lauren (left) and Claire Holmes, whose sister Collette was murdered 35 years ago

Claire said: “We’ll go to the cemetery together today, because that’s how we spend time with Colette. We didn’t get a chance with Collette, and Stein’s still getting multiple chances.

“When I saw the picture of grandad carrying the coffin, I broke down because of the pain on his face. Lauren and I have an amazing relationship but it feels someone is missing.”

Both women say they’d take the chance to meet the killer and tell him how he’s shattered their family.

Lauren said: “I would love to hear what he had to say. I’d just want to ask why.” Claire added: “I wanted to read my parole statement to him but it was over Zoom so all he saw was a paper copy. It’s just heartbreaking. I ended my statement with, ‘I will fight until my last breath for my sister’. And that’s what we’re going to do.”

Stein won’t have to sign the sex offenders’ register as this only applies to crimes committed after 1997.

But the Sunday Mirror understands he will have licence conditions which will ban him from unsupervised contact with girls under 16.

A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm a panel has directed the release of Adam Stein following an oral hearing. Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

“The panel carefully examined a whole range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change.

“The Parole Board will carefully examine and consider a wide variety of licence conditions as well as the wider release plan when considering whether an offender’s risk can be safely managed in the community.

“No prisoner will be released if it is deemed their risk management plan is not robust enough.

“The Board recognises the pain victims will go through when an offender is released. We a welcome input from victims when deciding licence conditions and will consider requests for additional conditions extremely carefully.”





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