A TEENAGE rapist labelled a psychopath and potential serial killer could be back on the streets in just 17 months, we can reveal.
Egan Ritchie, 18, could be enjoying home visits and work placements by Christmas 2022 under sentencing guidelines — less than two years into his seven-year jail stint for horrific attacks on four children.
And the fiend — said by an expert to have “chilling” similarities to Alesha MacPhail’s teen murderer Aaron Campbell — will be only 23 when freed for good.
A top criminologist warned Ritchie’s sentence was not long enough “to rehabilitate someone like him”.
Professor Elizabeth Yardley said: “I’ve worked with offenders who are psychopaths and they have changed but it can take decades.
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“Will there be genuine change in a handful of years? It’s very unlikely — he’s very dangerous.”
The Scottish Sun unmasked Ritchie, as he turned 18.
We told how the fiend — then 15 — went on a month-long rampage in Kilmarnock, Crosshouse and Hurlford, Ayrshire, in 2019.
He was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow of nine crimes including rape and throttling three of the girls before being caged in February. He’ll be eligible for parole in June 2024.
And he could be let out under supervision by December 2022.
Prof Yardley, of Birmingham City Uni, added: “I hope prison psychiatrists don’t get the wool pulled over their eyes. He sounds manipulative.”
She compared the monster to evil Campbell — who raped and murdered Alesha, six, on Bute in 2018 — saying Ritchie, right, had shown “signs of prolific serial-killing behaviour”.
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