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'King of perverts' killer back on streets of Ulster

By Stephen Breen

Published 02/10/2005

THIS is the evil Ulster child killer who is now back on the streets - and on the run from loyalist terrorists.

THIS is the evil Ulster child killer who is now back on the streets - and on the run from loyalist terrorists.

Sunday Life can reveal sex beast John Clifford - jailed in 1989 for murdering his little niece Sue Ellen - was released from Maghaberry Prison, last month.

Clifford - nicknamed in prison as the 'King of Perverts' - raped and strangled the eight-year-old, before leaving her on a deserted railway line in 1988.

In the same week that an English judge ordered Soham monster Ian Huntley to serve a minimum 40 years for the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Clifford is now walking the streets of Ulster after serving 17 years of a life sentence.

Clifford (44), is originally from Rathcoole, Newtownabbey but he is believed to be staying in the Carrickfergus area.

It is understood that he has been spotted in the area in recent weeks with his probation officer.

At the time of the murder, loyalist paramilitaries vowed to kill him and he is now believed to be under threat, and living at a secret location.

A close friend of Clifford's daughter, Michelle, who was just one years of age when he was sent to prison, said Michelle was "terrified" of meeting him.

"Michelle has never met her father and didn't even know he was out of prison.

"She doesn't recognise him as her father and just wants him to stay away from her and her family," she added.

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