McKilligan raped and killed 11-year-old Wesley Neailey seven months after he turned 18 and was able to refuse council help. He was living in Newcastle after passing through the care of Bournemouth BC and Durham CC.
Newcastle City Council social services director Tom Dervin said: 'The problem is McKilligan hadn't done anything wrong at that stage. The home secretary [Jack Straw] is struggling to find a way forwards if people are dangerous but haven't committed offences.
'When there is more than one authority involved there must be much