The State's prison health system has stopped prescribing anti-libidinal treatment to sex offenders, the Supreme Court heard during proceedings for a notorious paedophile today.
Michael Alexander McGarry, who is classified as a dangerous sex offender, had been scheduled to have his annual review for potential release today but the hearing was adjourned after the court heard he was awaiting a referral to see a hormone specialist about whether he could go back on Androcur - an anti-libidinal treatment that has been used by sex offenders in the past to reduce their risk of reoffending.
The medication has been considered a factor in allowing the release of other sex offenders because its reduction of testosterone in the patient also reduces their libido and urge to offend sexually.
The Supreme Court today heard that while McGarry had taken the medication in the past, he had then stopped taking it voluntarily in March this year with the aim of starting it again later.
Since he stopped, however, a policy change in the Department of Corrective Services had prevented the prescription of Androcur because of significant health risks, the court heard.
The court heard that side effects included cardiac problems and osteoporosis and that McGarry had himself decreased bone density which was irreversible.
However, the sex offender was now seeking to meet with an endocrinologist outside the prison services to see if he could return to the medication or take an alternative.
Justice Stephen Hall allowed an adjournment for McGarry to see the specialist but emphasised that the result of the appointment could have limited weight and that such treatment was only one factor in assessing whether release to the community was appropriate.McGarry is a serial sex offender who committed crimes against young girls in his past.