Five sex offenders back in jail
Five sex offenders back in jail

Five of the 24 dangerous sex offenders released into the WA community have been returned to prison for breaching their conditions or committing new offences.

Statistics provided to _The Weekend West _by the Department of Corrective Services reveal that, as of this week, 24 DSOs were on community supervision orders while another 17 remained in custody.

But five of those on supervision orders are back in prison - two who have been sentenced to jail terms and three who are remanded pending court hearings. Of the two DSOs serving jail time, one was charged with new offences - which were not of a sexual nature - while back in the community.

The other was jailed for breaching his conditions.

Of the three remanded in custody, two breached their conditions and a third was charged with new, non-sexual offences.

The figures were released as the Government continued to face questions over the release of the serial sex offender known as TJD.

The 37-year-old, who committed sexual crimes against 13 women over a 12-year period, was released on a supervision order last week but then charged with breaching one of his 44 conditions.

It is alleged TJD failed to take his "daily diary of his movements, activities and associations" to a meeting.

Police could have tried to force him back before the Supreme Court but instead charged him with a "minor breach" and bailed him to face court next week.

A day after Police Minister Liza Harvey attacked the court's decision to release TJD, Premier Colin Barnett said though he was not happy with the decision it was "not a role for Government" to interfere with the judiciary.

Mr Barnett said a review of the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act, ordered this week by Attorney-General Michael Mischin, would "tighten up" the existing laws.

"Clearly, I, the Attorney- General, and I think the people of WA, are not happy that this person was released," Mr Barnett said.

"He was released under existing law, law ironically put in place by the Labor Party. I'm not critical of that, but that's the law that applied, the judge acted according to that law."

The DCP also confirmed yesterday that all 19 DSOs who remained in the community were monitored by GPS tracking.

Shadow attorney-general John Quigley said the AttorneyGeneral should use his powers to bring TJD back before the Supreme Court for breaching his conditions.

'I think the people of WA are not happy that this person was released.'"Premier *Colin Barnett *

The West Australian

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