DETAILS of a killer’s secret past were unveiled today.
Peter Seaton – serving life for the shocking murder of little Leticia Wright in Huddersfield – had allegedly attacked a child in the past, it emerged today.
But details of the attack were never passed on when Seaton arrived in Huddersfield to live with four-year-old Leticia and her mother, Sharon.
An independent panel, including police and health officials, carried out a review after the court case to look into the tragedy.
Its conclusions have just been revealed.
The report, by independent childcare professional Michael Stow, said Seaton had lived in Ireland, Hartlepool and North Yorkshire before moving to Huddersfield.
It said: “The most significant information that potentially indicated that he presented a risk to children related to the alleged assault to a child in Wexford, Ireland, in August, 2003.
“This information was never provided to North Yorkshire, the area to which he moved from Wexford.
“Had the information regarding his alleged offences in Ireland been communicated then subsequently this would have been taken into account in the assessment of risk with regard to his contact with children.”
But it added: “The alleged events in August, 2003, have to be balanced, however, against the fact that no further concerns were raised with agencies with regard to his subsequent contact with children.
“It is unlikely therefore that agencies in Kirklees would have been concerned with regard to his involvement with the family had they known of his presence in the household.”
The report said there was no evidence Sharon Wright was a risk.
It said: “There was no information to indicate that the child was at risk of harm whilst in her mother’s care.”
The report cleared Kirklees social services of any major failings, but it did level certain criticisms.
It said the council could have done more to look into the background circumstances of the family.
The report also made a number of recommendations.
But it added: “There was no evidence to suggest that the child was at risk of harm such that various agencies should have done more.”
The Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board, which commissioned the review, said it accepted the findings.
A spokesman said: “The board will now oversee a programme of improvements arising from the recommendations.”