Justice to decide if dangerous pedophile is to be released

A DANGEROUS pedophile could be back on the street in early January if a justice is persuaded a supervision order can reduce the risk more children will be attacked.

Douglas Brian Jackway, who one psychologist has described as a biological psychopath, has only spent four months of his adult life outside jail.

When he was last released in 2003, he offended within 12 days.

Jackway, who has raped two young children, was detained beyond the length of his sentences under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.

Psychiatrist Donald Grant told Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday that he believed there was a "reasonably high risk" Jackway would breach a supervision order if released, especially if he returned to drug and alcohol abuse.

He said such abuse, which stressors or provocation would aggravate further, could lead to the verbal or physical anger he had exhibited in the past.

"Mr Jackway's risk is at least moderate for sexual offences which would most likely occur in the context of drug and alcohol intoxication," he said.

"If you have a combination of his personality issues, use of drug and alcohol … then the risk would probably go up to high.

"There would be a more than moderate risk of other, non-sexual re-offending of some sort."

Dr Grant and fellow psychiatrist Michael Beech agreed if Jackway was to be released on a supervision order, it should not happen before Christmas.

The court heard Jackway had been institutionalised and would need strong, dedicated support in the first few weeks after release to reduce the risk of breaching a supervision order.

But that support would likely not be available over the Christmas and New Year period at the level Jackway would need.

Jackway grew up at Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast. After being expelled in his late teens, he moved to live with his older sister in Moura, in central Queensland.

In 1995, Jackway, 19, consumed alcohol and drugs before snatching a 10-year-old boy in a Gladstone street and trying to rape him in broad daylight.

He was released from jail for that crime in 2003 - spending his time between Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast - only to be charged with the rape of a young girl from several years earlier.

He was found guilty after a trial and was also sentenced for various offences on the Sunshine Coast, including a police pursuit that ended when a spike strip punctured the tyres of the car Jackway had stolen.

Angus Scott, counsel for the Attorney-General, said there were fears corrective services could not intervene quick enough if Jackway's emotions got out of control while abusing drugs and alcohol.

He said the Attorney-General did not support even a stringent supervision order for Jackway.

Barrister Catherine Morgan, acting for Jackway, said the evidence showed he had made "considerable progress" this year and he should be released on a supervision order.

Justice Martin Daubney has reserved his decision.


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