Geoffrey Doolan

Posted: October 28, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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3:01pm May 4, 2015

Child sex offender freed from Qld jail

A man who sexually assaulted children, masturbated outside a school and declared that women “set you up for rape” has been deemed fit to be released back into the community.

Geoffrey Doolan, 49, has been in jail since 2010 for assaulting two brothers in a public toilet in far north Queensland.

He was given a three-year jail term for those offences and has a history of sexually offending against children and women dating back to 1990.

At the end of his sentence in May 2013, he was deemed unfit for release and ordered to undergo rehabilitative programs to address his offending.

During a review of his case earlier this month, two psychiatrists noted he had developed some insight into his behaviour and its consequences despite him saying he didn’t trust women because they “set you up for rape”.

Both considered he was still a “significant risk” to the community, especially in light of his history of alcohol abuse.

However, they considered this risk could be mitigated through a strict supervision order that banned him from drinking for five years.

Any breach of this condition, both psychiatrists agreed, should warrant a return to custody.

Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Ann Lyons ordered Doolan to be released on Monday under the five-year order, which contains 35 conditions.

These include that he must abstain from drugs and alcohol, abide by a curfew and not have contact with children.


UPDATE: April 2013

The Attorney-General successfully applied to have Doolan kept in custody under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 for further treatment. Justice Peter Applegarth ruled Doolan would remain in custody for further treatment.

Serial sex offender jailed for preying on brothers

RYAN MATHESON  |  April 30th, 2011

A SERIAL sex offender has pleaded guilty to preying on two young brothers in the toilet of a Townsville hotel.

Geoffrey Doolan was convicted of three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 16 in the Townsville District Court.

The incident occurred inside the West End Hotel as the two boys, aged 12 and 13, attempted to go to the toilet while having dinner with their parents.

Mr Doolan blocked the exit of the toilet block and began fondling himself in front of the terrified pair.

He proceeded to touch one of the boys on the genitals and threatened the other child with rape as the youngster hid in one of the cubicles.

Crown prosecutor Nathan Turner said the incident was terrifying time for the two young boys. “The older boy told his brother to stand behind him and look away,” he said.

“They then attempted to leave the toilet area but the defendant blocked the exit so the boys went and waited in another section of the toilet until the defendant left.”

The 45-year-old itinerant has previously been convicted of two counts of aggravated assaults on a female, three counts of sexual assaults, one count of indecent assault, two counts of indecent treatment of a child and four counts of wilful exposure.

Mr Turner drew attention to a pre-sentence report indicating that the severity of Mr Doolan’s prior offences were continuing to escalate.

“The defendant has been convicted of an offence every year since the age of 18,” he said.

“The report clearly shows that Mr Doolan has demonstrated a pattern of sexually motivated offences and has failed to gain any benefits from community-based supervision.

“In my submission, any order in the past has failed the community and the defendant.”

Judge John Baulch SC sentenced Mr Doolan to three years in jail and denied a request for a period of parole.

Judge Baulch said the risk was too great to allow the man back into the community.

“You have displayed no remorse and little understanding of the effects of your actions on others,” he said.

“You are a person the community needs to be protected from and I have no confidence you will comply with any voluntary program.

“You pose a risk, not just to other, but also yourself.

“You were very fortunate the boy’s father called the police the way he did rather than taking matters into his own hands.”

Judge Baulch said the sentence would take into account the 259 days Mr Doolan had already spent in pre-sentence custody.

Jail for kissing attack on girl

2nd Nov 2006 8:05 AM

A GIRL, 14, was sick and started dry retching after a stranger grabbed her and kissed her on the lips while she waited for a school bus. Her attacker had four previous convictions for molesting women in public places.

The Year 9 student, who was of slight build, was shocked and scared by the attack which occurred at the Gregory Street bus stop at 7.40am.

Geoffrey Doolan, 40, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay yesterday to indecently assaulting the girl on August 2.

He approached her at the bus stop and started an unwanted conversation and asked her for sex, Crown prosecutor Andrew Lowrie said. She was scared and moved towards the bus when it arrived, but Doolan grabbed her, pulled her close and kissed her on the cheek. She moved away and he grabbed her again and kissed her on the lips.

Police were called when she got to school and she provided a description of her attacker. Doolan was located in the City Heart a short time later and has been in custody since then.

The court heard that Doolan had been jailed four times in the last 10 years for similar attacks.

The jail terms included: Six months in jail for grabbing a 22-year-old woman’s breasts and squeezing them, in Townsville, in 1996; 15 months in jail for putting his hand up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl outside a cinema, in Townsville, in 2000; 12 months in jail for grabbing a woman, 23, and making a sexual suggestion, in Townsville, in 2001; and three months in jail for kissing a woman, 36, and asking her for sex outside an ATM, in Rockhampton, in November last year.

Barrister Bronwyn Hartigan said Doolan was a homeless man who had a problem with wine and metho and who had never been married or had children.

Judge Keith Dodds told Doolan that his behaviour was intolerable and always would result in jail. Doolan was jailed for 12 months with a recommended parole release date of March 1 next year.


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  1. Naomi Edwards says:

    I think this man was in Perth in 2008 I met him at Perth Railway Station. He asked me for a cigarette then started a conversation about why he was homeless. He said his name was Geoffry Doolan , but that he was adopted. He said his real family was from Jamaica.

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