Guards watch rapist round the clock after death threats
Convicted rapist Robert Clyde is now being watched round-the-clock by a total of six G4S prison custody guards, who split 12-hour shifts at the Marie Curie palliative care home in Edinburgh.
It is estimated that the cost to the taxpayer of guarding the 73-year-old, who is believed to be receiving treatment for a terminal brain illness, is in the region of £2,300 per week.
A whistleblower said Clyde has received a “threat to life” notice from police, known as an Osman warning.
A guard has been placed permanently at reception and two guards are constantly in Clyde’s private first floor room, after it was decided to move him up from ground level.
The keypad entry system is now in full use and visitors to the hospice have to be buzzed in and out and accompanied by a staff member when moving between floors.
The whistleblower said: “They moved him last weekend, from the ground up to the first floor and they’ve put additional security on to reception.
“There’s a 24-hour guard at reception and he’s still got two guards sitting in his room round-the-clock, so at any time he’s got three guards watching him.
“He’s not just in there for his health, I heard they [security] were expecting some kind of retribution against him and he’s received a death threat Osman warning from the police.
“They’ve put the place into lockdown, you need a code to get in and out the doors, even the visitors can’t walk about like they used to. The security has gone up a level.” Clyde is originally from Ireland but was living in Niddrie in Edinburgh when he was caught by police in 2013 after repeatedly raping a woman over two days at his home.
Detectives delved into his past and uncovered evidence that he began molesting four young girls over a 40-year period starting in 1970.
They also discovered that he assaulted two boys – one who was aged just four when the attacks began – over 16 years. Clyde wept in the dock after he was convicted of 13 charges and was jailed for nine years.
Keith Robson, chief executive of Age Scotland, said: “We understand the concerns of patients and their families, as well as the difficult situation for Marie Curie Hospice.
“We hope that families are being kept informed about any additional security measures.”