EAST Renfrewshire’s MP is demanding to know how a sex beast who raped a schoolgirl in Barrhead just weeks after arriving from Romania managed to get into the UK.

Paul Masterton has raised concerns over information sharing between border officials in the UK and Romania in a bid to prevent a repeat of the sex attack carried out by Samuel Ciornei.

Barrhead residents were horrified when Ciornei raped his 14-year-old victim in bushes behind the Iceland store in Barrhead’s Main Street.

And, following a meeting with Mr Masterton, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has agreed to look into the circumstances of Ciornei’s arrival in the UK.

Mr Masterton is seeking answers on whether information was shared on Ciornei prior to his arrival and whether he had any previous sexual assault convictions in his native country.

He told the Barrhead News: “This is a truly shocking case, the effects of which this young girl will have to live with for the rest of her life.

“It is important, therefore, to seek answers about whether Samuel Ciornei should have even been allowed into this country.

“If convicted of sexual offences in his home country, he should not have been allowed to enter into the UK. Our immigration system must discriminate against those who seek to bring harm to our nation.”

Ciornei, 20, is facing a lengthy prison sentence for raping the schoolgirl in August last year.

Last month, the High Court in Glasgow heard how he had offered to help the teenager with a flat tyre on her bicycle but, instead, grabbed hold of her, forced her into nearby bushes and put her through an ordeal lasting seven minutes.

Ciornei had denied rape but was unanimously found guilty by a jury.

He had entered the country just three weeks before committing the crime.

Mr Masterton said: “The Home Secretary has promised to investigate this case in more detail and reassured me that the safety and security of British citizens is at the forefront of all her actions. She also committed to raise my concerns with her Romanian counterpart.”