Sex predator fined $300 for breach
Sex predator fined $300 for breach

Update: The dangerous sex offender known by his initials TJD, whose supervised release into the community sparked recent outrage, has been fined $300 for breaching his release conditions and forgetting to bring a diary to a meeting.

The Perth Magistrate's Court was this morning told that TJD had asked a community corrections officer the day before the meeting what to bring and had been told to bring his fiance because they wanted to talk to her.

His defence lawyer David McKenzie said that his client had been filling out a diary of his movements - one of 44 conditions for his release two days before - the meeting but had simply forgotten to bring it.

Mr McKenzie told the court he was angered that Community Corrections had not offered his client the opportunity to go get his diary. Instead, a charge had been laid over what Mr McKenzie said was perhaps "the most minor" breach possible.

TJD, who had sat next to his lawyer for about 10 minutes while the court and media waited for the proceedings this morning, told the magistrate he now kept his diary with him all the time.

"I take my diary everywhere with me now, Your Honour, I don't leave home without it," TJD said.

A prosecutor agreed with Mr McKenzie that only a fine was appropriate for the breach.

But he said it was still considered a serious incident and followed previous breaches that TJD had committed when previously released into the community.

Those breaches had included failing to accurately record in a diary that he had been visiting a friend with a 14-month old child present and failing to provide blood tests.

He had been fined on previous occasions.

TJD today pleaded guilty to the latest breach.

The State's top prosecutor has announced there will be no bid by him to send the notorious sex offender TJD back behind bars for breaching his release.

Director of Public Prosecutions Joe McGrath SC made the annoucement this afternoon in a statement that also went on to warm that any move by the Government to direct him on how to handle the case would be an interference in the justice system.

Mr McGrath said his office would not take TJD back to the Supreme Court for contravention proceedings which would have seem the State argue he should have his supervision order cancelled.

Given the nature of the breach, which today landed TJD a fine for forgetting to take a diary to a meeting, there was "no possibility" the Supreme Court would order TJD be detained in custody, Mr McGrath said.

“I cannot as a DPP bring proceedings which have no possibility of success," he said.

Mr McGrath went on to emphasise that he did not request the Attorney General's view on the matter, suggesting such a move would have been inappropriate and that any move for the Government to give him "directions" would be an interference with the justice system.

“I did not seek the view of the Attorney General before making this decision. That would be inappropriate," Mr McGrath said.

"An independent prosecutor cannot be asking the politicians who to bring before the courts and how to conduct ongoing cases. I will not do so."

“Any suggestion that the Attorney General should take over the matter misunderstands that the justice system has an independent prosecutor and the role of the prosecutor," Mr McGrath said.

“The Attorney General cannot decide on his own initiative to give directions to me in a particular case. That would be an interference that is not allowed.

“The Solicitor General has given advice to the Attorney General, which I have seen, that agrees with my view regarding my powers and role in the justice system.”

TJD committed his first sex crime as a 15-year-old in 1991 and has targeted 14 Perth women in his crimes.

TJD's crimes also include raping a 17-year-old and also an 18-year-old at knifepoint.

Outside court this morning, Mr McKenzie accused community corrections of not doing their job in supporting his client to reintegrate successfully rather than take on an "enforcement" role.

His client was now the "most scrutinised man in Western Australia" and also subjected to 44 conditions - including an ankle bracelet - which meant he had no chance of reoffending, Mr McKenzie said.

He said it was in the community's interest for those dangerous sex offenders granted supervised release into society to be supported so they didn't reoffend.

The court was told TJD had received material stating all his conditions when he was released, including the diary requirements.

The West Australian

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