Christmas Day rapist nears end of jail sentence

TWO psychiatrists will give evidence at a court hearing to determine whether a rapist who attacked a woman bushwalking in Noosa National Park and held her captive at his camp should be released from jail.

In 2003 Kym Spoehr pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years jail after he held a Japanese woman overnight in his camp and repeatedly raped her.

On Christmas Day 2001 the woman was walking in the national park when she asked Spoehr for directions.

Court documents revealed they walked together for about half an hour before he hit her on the head with a piece of wood, dragged her to his camp and tied her up to a tree.

The now 63-year-old kept her overnight and raped her several times.

The following morning he took her to the beach and forced her to wash herself before setting her free.

Spoehr's jail sentence is due to finish in four months but the Attorney-General is applying to the court to determine whether he should stay in jail for longer or be released on strict supervision orders under the state's dangerous prisoner laws.

The Supreme Court has ordered two psychiatrists to examine Spoehr and give evidence at a court hearing in November.

Court documents said another psychiatrist examined Spoehr earlier this year at Maryborough Correctional Centre.

Court documents said Spoehr did not show signs of empathy or remorse and stated he committed the offences during a psychotic episode.

The court hearing will be held on November 30 at Brisbane Supreme Court.

- APN NEWSDESK


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