A GUN-OBSESSED British paedophile who tortured kids he kept prisoner bankrolled his sick lifestyle in Crete through benefits paid for by taxpayers.

Douglas Barr was jailed for nearly 20 years after a high-profile trial in the idyllic Greek island uncovered his horrific crimes.

While living a life of luxury since moving to resort Tavronitis in 2007, the 56-year-old abused local children, tortured them and kept them locked in his dingy basement.

The court heard how married Barr would shave his victims hair and eyebrows off in a catalogue of abuse, which stretched back a number of years.

Details of specific sexual abuse was made concerning two girls, who told the trial how Barr had raped them.

The sickening truth only came to light last year, after Barr was arrested following a disputed car crash with a neighbour.

Florist Danai Dagunakis, 28, was confronted by a drunk Barr after he drove into her parked car while under the influence.

When she challenged him, he returned brandishing a gun threatening Danai.

She phoned the police over the crash, who arrested Barr.

But one his victims witnessed Danai standing up to him, and she later approached the florist in the shop she ran and recounted the horrific sexual abuse she had suffered.

Danai’s uncle, Vasilis, said: “It was all very nasty stuff.”

Her husband, who did not wish to be named, added: “When we first met Barr we thought he was a real gentleman but he slowly changed into a monster.”

Another victim separately approached another neighbour, and both residents gave evidence in Barr’s trial.

They informed both the Greek and British authorities, who launched a massive international investigation.

Leeds City Council, where the Barrs’ previously lived, were contacted but confirmed they had no concerns about Barr before he left.

A spokesman said they were leasing closely with the Greek authorities “over these very serious crimes”.

But they revealed they were tipped off about the heinous crimes in 2014 after they received an anonymous letter.

They added: “This was passed on to the Greek authorities with a request to investigate the concerns raised.”

Dundee-born Barr spun a web of lies to the tight-knit expat community, who did not realise his true nature until the court case.

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