Douglas Jackway, as featured on Seven's Sunday Night program in 2009.
Douglas Jackway, as featured on Seven's Sunday Night program in 2009.

Violent child abductor Jackway up for release

A MAN who abducted and attempted to rape a nine-year-old boy in Gladstone is being considered for release despite being declared a 'high risk'.

Douglas Jackway was named as a person of interest in the coronial inquest into the disappearance of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe.

The man who was convicted of Daniel's abduction and murder, Brett Peter Cowan, repeatedly pointed the finger at Jackway during his murder trial.

News Corp reported on Tuesday that it will be up to a Supreme Court judge to decide whether Jackway, now 38, should be released.

He is serving an indefinite sentence at Wolston prison after he snatched the nine-year-old boy in Gladstone in 1995.

Jackway previously told the Brisbane Supreme Court that he owned a blue 1980 Holden Commodore with rego 996HKL when Daniel Morcombe went missing.

A blue car was seen by many witnesses at the time.

But Jackway denied he drove down the Nambour Connection Road, where Daniel was abducted from on December 7, 2003.

Jackway said he was released from jail on November 7, 2003, for sexual offences against a boy in Gladstone and bought the car later that month.

He was involved in a police chase around Noosa and the Sunshine Coast on November 22, 2003, in that Commodore while he was unlicensed.

Jackway travelled at speeds up to 160-170kmh.

His car was impounded after he was stopped using stingers on the road.

Jackway picked it up from a Kunda Park yard on December 5, 2003, using tyres from a stolen car to replace his punctured tyres.

The court heard Jackway's sister was living in Tewantin at the time and he would often travel to the Sunshine Coast.

According to a report filed with the court, Jackway will need to be supervised for a decade if he is released next year.

He was put back in jail after his 2003 release after being charged with raping a girl years earlier when he was 18 years old.

Jackway reportedly told his therapist he could not guarantee Cowan's safety if they met in jail.

"He did not appear to be implying it would be at his hands but that a prisoner in (Wacol) would kill him," prison officers reported in March, News Corp reported.

Jackway has a long record of violence in jail.

JACKWAY'S CHILLING EVIDENCE IN COURT

 


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