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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Father's anger at care officials
Karen Dewar
Karen Dewar was murdered near her home in Tayport, Fife
The father of a murdered teenager has said that social workers are as much to blame for her death as her killer.

Frank Dewar was speaking after Colyn Evans, 18, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the murder of his daughter Karen in Tayport, Fife.

He is angry that Evans was placed in the village by welfare authorities.

A review by Fife Constabulary and Fife Council found "some shortcomings" in the sharing of information between the agencies involved in Evans' case.

The joint review said that Evans had been labelled at high risk of further sexual offending.

However, police failed to carry out an initial risk assessment, the report said.

It concluded that even if such measures had been in place it would still not have been possible to predict the events which led to Karen's murder.

The report states that because Evans was never a registered sex offender, authorities had no right to enforce compulsory supervision or management.

It said that of 14 offences alleged to have been committed by Evans between the ages of 10 and 16, a total of six related to sexual offences, five of which related to shameless and indecent exposure.

The social work department have not apologised, not said sorry
Frank Dewar

Fife Council and Fife Constabulary have now accelerated progress on a review of joint sex offender protocol and called for a nationally consistent approach to the management on non-registered sex offenders.

Speaking outside court, Karen's father Frank, 44, who was accompanied by his wife Allison, said: "Why should an idiot like that get dumped in our street?

"If he was not dumped in Tayport I would be waiting for my daughter to come home from college. The social work department murdered my daughter just as much as he did.

"She was too nice. She was trying to help this idiot. The social work department should be in there as well. That is what I am going to fight for so this does not happen again."

'Precursor to murder'

He added: "The social work department have not apologised, not said sorry."

Eric Byiers, strategic manager at Fife Council, said: "We have taken a long hard look at every stage of our work with Colyn Evans and the action we did and could have taken.

"Even if every area of our services operated as they should, we still could not give a guarantee that, in this case, offending behaviour would cease and future tragedies would be prevented.

"Colyn Evans was assessed as being at high risk of re-offending, but the nature of his prior offences could not have been identified as a precursor to murder.

"The tragic events in January could not have been reasonably predicted or avoided - although I know this will be no comfort to Karen's family.

"However, we want to reassure them and the public others that in Fife we are certainly not complacent and know there are always areas for improvement."




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