Attorney-General Michael Mischin has ordered an immediate review of the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act in the wake of the controversial release of the rapist codenamed TJD.
The review will include the process for applying to the Supreme Court declaring offenders as DSOs and the consequences for breaching supervised release conditions, including the granting of bail.
There has been community outrage over the release of the repeat sexual offender TJD under a supervision order granted by the Supreme Court on March 11 despite expert evidence he remained a “serious danger”.
Previously the subject of an indefinite detention order as a DSO, TJD was released on 44 strict conditions and told he would likely face indefinite jail again if he breached any of them.
That allegedly occurred yesterday, when TJD was arrested by police and charged for allegedly failing to bring a diary of his activities to a scheduled meeting.
Despite Supreme Court judge Kevin Sleight’s warning that any breach would land him back in prison indefinitely, police did not contest bail and released him on a $1000 personal surety.
This prompted the Opposition to claim TJD had “nothing to lose” and would be under “psychological pressure” until his scheduled court date on Wednesday.
Police claimed the breach was “minor” and officers did not consider TJD, who is being tracked with a GPS ankle bracelet, a flight risk.
Shadow attorney-general John Quigley has demanded police revoke bail.
Early this afternoon, Attorney-General Michael Mischin released a statement saying the entire DSO Act was under review in light of the TJD affair.
“I am concerned at the recent decisions resulting in the release of TJD,” Mr Mischin said.
“I have ordered this comprehensive review into all aspects of the Act to ensure it meets the community’s expectations of the handling of dangerous sex offenders.
“The Government’s principal concern is to ensure the community is protected.”
Matters to be covered by the review include:
- The process of application for declaration as a DSO to the Supreme Court
- The length of periodic reviews of offenders subject to DSO orders
- The consequences for breaching release conditions, including the granting of bail
- The process and penalties for dealing with breach matters.
“I have asked my department to conduct the review in close consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions, WA Police, the Department of Corrective Services and the Commissioner for Victims of Crime and to report back to me within three months,” Mr Mischin said.
“If any reforms are required, I will introduce legislation for those reforms in the spring session of Parliament and I would expect the full support of the Opposition in passing this legislation.”
WA Police have not yet responded to Opposition calls for TJD’s bail to be revoked.