Paedophile who raped children and locked them in cellar moves to ‘cushy’ UK jail

Paedophile who raped children and locked them in cellar moves to ‘cushy’ UK jail

A victim of a vile British paedophile hit out after he was moved back to a “cushy” UK prison from Greece.

Gun-obsessed Douglas Barr, 59, is believed to have been transferred to Yorkshire’s Wakefield Prison from within the much tougher Greek penal system just before Christmas.

He was sentenced to 19 years in 2016 after being found guilty of a catalogue of sex and violence offences against children on the island of Crete.

Abuse he inflicted on victims included shaving off their eyebrows and locking them in a rubbish-strewn basement.

Barr and his wife Julie lived in a villa on Crete, where they received huge handouts from British taxpayers.

Barr, 59, had previously moaned about how conditions were so bad in Greek jails that he had to buy his own toilet roll.

One of his victims said he should have been forced to serve his time in Greece.

She said: “Barr has got what he wanted, back into the UK – Wakefield Prison might seem like a tough regime by British standards but it’s a walk in the park next to jail in Greece.

“He certainly wouldn’t have had a TV in his cell or access to emails or anything like that over there.

“I hoped he’d die in Greece behind bars. He’ll consider it a cushy existence being back in Britain.

“What’s worse is I wasn’t told he was being moved. Victims of these sorts of crimes are meant to be kept informed but that’s gone out the window.

“I’ve been in contact with British authorities since his conviction so it’s untrue to say they wouldn’t have been able to tell me he was being moved.”

Jails in Greece are notorious for their overcrowding and tough conditions, with dirty cells holding up to five prisoners.

A prison watchdog previously found the buildings were filled with violent gangs, cockroaches and dirty mattresses.

Barr, who lived in Leeds but was originally from Dundee, moved to the Crete town of Tavronitis with his wife Julie in 2007.

Incredibly, the couple received benefits of around £4,500 a month from the UK taxpayer which funded a lavish lifestyle, with Barr telling other expats he lived off a good pension.

Julie fled back to Britain before she was convicted in absentia to a year for child cruelty.

She was not pursued to serve her sentence in Greece and is believed to be in Yorkshire.

When she came back from Crete she lobbied MPs, including former Chancellor Ed Balls, to help transfer Barr back to the UK.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed the move had since taken place.

A spokesman said transferring Brits convicted overseas of serious sexual or violent offences to British jails ensured authorities were aware of them.

It also meant that they were released with conditions that could see them recalled to prison.

A Probation Service spokesperson said: “These were truly appalling offences.

“While we got no contact details for Barr’s victims from Greek authorities, we will now offer them a place on the Victim Contact Scheme.”

The scheme allows victims to have some say over conditions attached to prisoner release.

The abuse against the children stretched back a “number of years,” prosecutors claimed.

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