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Pervert's 'House of Horrors' burned down before his return

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
House of Horrors: The Cullybackey property owned by sex beast William Stewart
House of Horrors: The Cullybackey property owned by sex beast William Stewart

The Cullybackey house of horrors owned by sex beast William Stewart has been gutted by a fire.

Ahead of his release after serving seven years behind bars, the vile pervert wanted to move back into the ‘Gingerbread House’ cottage where he once lived in the village – much to the horror of locals.

It was the house he used to abuse his defenceless victims in the 1980s and ‘90s.

He was convicted on a sickening total of 29 charges in relation to three girls.

But this week, as Stewart prepared to persuade authorities to let him go back to live in the house, which he had once fitted out like a “youth club” in order to lure kids in, it was burnt out.

Stewart was told that he had five weeks to be granted legal aid to go back to the Station Road house. But now his plans have gone up in flames, as the derelict bungalow he used to commit his heinous crimes has been completely gutted.

As our photos show, the blaze was so intense that the roof of the house fell in, rendering it completely uninhabitable. 

Last month, in a shocking interview, one of Stewart’s victims, now a 39-year-old woman who was just six when she was abused by the sicko, spoke to us about her ordeal.

She revealed how she was recently told by police that Stewart is still “fixated” with her to this day.

She said: “The police have told me that he has stated he is going back to Cullybackey and to Station Road, right back to the town where his victims lived and to the house he abused us in.

“It’s sick. It just shows how evil William Stewart is, it’s like he is trying to abuse us all over again, it shows how little remorse he has for ruining our lives and that of our families.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Ballymena Police Station on the non emergency number 101. Or  they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.