Violent  sex predator gets bail
Violent sex predator gets bail

The Opposition has condemned the "scandalous" release of the dangerous sex offender codenamed TJD, who received bail yesterday despite facing indefinite jail for allegedly breaching release conditions.

"Now he's under psychological pressure," shadow attorney- general John Quigley said. "He knows he's got to go back to court and he's got nothing to lose."

A WA Police spokeswoman said TJD, 37, was "charged, assessed in accordance with the Bail Act and released to appear in court next Wednesday" after being arrested.

A stalking victim of TJD said she was "shocked" he was given bail.

"If he's not satisfying the conditions, why don't they lock him up? It's crazy," she said last night.

The police spokeswoman said TJD was released on a $1000 personal bail by police because his alleged breach - forgetting to bring a diary of his movements to a meeting - was "minor" and he was being tracked by a GPS device.

Mr Quigley said that in rescinding TJD's indefinite detention order on March 11, Supreme Court Judge Kevin Sleight warned he was likely to face indefinite jail if he breached "any of the conditions set".

"There is no justice of the peace who would have released him on bail after reading those comments," Mr Quigley said. "Why wasn't there a contested hearing where police opposed bail?"

Earlier yesterday, politicians brawled in Parliament over why the offender, whose crimes include the rape of 17 and 18-year old women, was released in the first place and whether Government policy had paved the way.

Labor brandished a 2012 admission from former corrective services minister Terry Redman that it was "possible" the Government's decision to track sex offenders with GPS technology could increase the number released from custody.

Wearing a tracking ankle bracelet was one of 44 conditions for TJD's release - including psychotherapy, alcohol and drug bans and anti-libidinal drugs - despite expert evidence he was a "high risk of reoffending".

Attorney-General Michael Mischin said if it were up to him, he would not have supported TJD's conditional release as Director of Public Prosecutions Joe McGrath had done and the DPP would review how his office dealt with such cases.

The West Australian

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