Release of twisted Falkirk doc sparks call for rethink

Leslie Mitchell, paedophile doctor who has been released from jail''Picture: Michael Gillen
Leslie Mitchell, paedophile doctor who has been released from jail''Picture: Michael Gillen

A twisted paedophile doctor has been released from jail despite calls for him to remain behind bars because of fears he is still a risk to children.

Leslie Mitchell (60) was jailed for four years in September 2010 for trying to lure two schoolgirls, aged 10 and 11, into his car in Carronshore.

At the time he was working as an A&E doctor at Stirling Royal Infirmary and living in Heritage Drive, Carron. He later resigned.

His case was remitted to the High Court after Sheriff Craig Caldwell said his powers to deal with the evil doctor were inadequate.

When he was sentenced by Lord Hardie, he was also placed on an order for lifelong restriction which allowed him to be kept in custody indefinitely.

When Mitchell successfully had his prison sentence reduced to 16 months, the appeal judges refused to overturn the restriction order.

However, this week it was revealed Mitchell had been released by the Parole Board for Scotland – despite objections from the Scottish Government who wanted him moved to an open prison for monitoring before he was allowed back into the community.

Mitchell, who is now living in social housing in Bo’ness, is understood to be the first prisoner on a restriction order to be allowed out of Edinburgh’s Saughton Prison.

He previously told a social worker that he had a long-term sexual interest in young girls and revealed previous offending against victims of a similar age in England.

When he was struck off by the General Medical Council in 2012, its members heard he had “the potential to cause serious and significant harm”.

Although a strict monitoring regime will be in place involving the police, social workers and NHS, Councillor Craig Martin said the decision to free the shamed doctor was “unbelievable”.

Falkirk Council’s leader called on the Scottish Government to look again at the case.

He said: “I’ve already had complaints from people about it. I cannot believe that the community fought to get justice so it could be protected from someone like this and he has been freed already.

“He has certainly not done the time for the crime he committed. It is all very well to say conditions are in place but people are rightly unhappy.”

Janine Rennie, chief executive of Falkirk child abuse charity Open Secret, said: “The fact he has been released beggars belief.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Sex offenders are monitored in the community under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) which involve the police service, local authorities, the NHS and other partners.

“None of the partners engaged in MAPPA will comment on specific cases or individuals. The management of sex offenders in the community is a particularly sensitive and complex area of work.”

The Parole Board declined to comment.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said they would not comment on an individual case. She added: “The decision to release an OLR offender is taken by the independent Parole Board for Scotland on the basis of risks to public safety.”