A sexual sadist with a history of horrific assaults on women dating back to when he was 15 has been released from jail by a Supreme Court judge in Perth.
The inmate, referred to as “TJD” for legal reasons, has been released despite being classed as one of Western Australia’s worst sex offenders.
In a decision handed down last week, Commissioner Kevin Sleight revoked an indefinite detention order handed to “TJD” in 2011, which came after attacks on 13 women, including seven times when he used a weapon or replica weapon to threaten his victim into submission.
“Great care needs to be taken to ensure that another woman is not the subject of such an attack, which is likely to have long-term and severe psychological consequences,” Mr Sleight said.
However, Mr Sleight said he was satisfied “TJD” could be released under a strict 10-year supervision order, which will include wearing a GPS tracking device.
He will have to abide to a night-time curfew, and is banned from unsupervised access to children.
“Although Mr `TJD’ is a serious sex offender, the level of supervision, monitoring and treatment is such that the risk factors identified earlier … are substantially controlled and minimised,” Mr Sleight said.
The man’s criminal history began in 1991 when he attacked three women in two days – culminating in a rape of a 17-year-old girl he threatened at gunpoint in a toilet block.
After three more attacks that year, “TJD” was sentenced in Perth Children’s Court to three years detention.
Six weeks after being released, he committed indecent assaults, which led to more prison time.
In 2000, he raped a teenager a knifepoint after abducting her as she walked home from a train station.
And in 2003, he assaulted an 18-year-old woman in a Perth cemetery as she visited her grandmother’s grave.
Having been jailed indefinitely in 2011, “TJD” was released on a supervision order in 2012 – which he breached almost immediately.
He failed to take his anti-libidinal medication, failed to complete his psychological counselling and used cannabis, and was again jailed.