Child rapist Douglas Jackway to remain behind bars

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A convicted child rapist’s latest bid for release from prison has been rejected by the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

Douglas Brian Jackway, 39, has spent all but three months of his adult life in prison.

He was convicted for abducting and raping a 10-year-old boy near Gladstone in 1995 and was released from jail in 2003, the same year Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe went missing.

During those brief months of freedom, he stole a car and took police on a high speed pursuit on the Sunshine Coast.

He was also charged with the rape of a nine-year-old girl, an offence from several years earlier.

It is an offence he is currently serving an indefinite sentence for and this week’s parole attempt was part of the annual review of that sentence.

Jackway ‘person of interest’ in Morcombe murder

Jackway was once named as a person of interest in the coronial inquest into Daniel Morcombe.

Later, in the trial of now convicted murderer Brett Peter Cowan, defence lawyers tried to point the finger at Jackway during his trial, however Jackway had an alibi.

The Supreme Court heard this week that Jackway tried to seek revenge while locked up in the Wolston Correctional Centre, south-west of Brisbane.

It heard that tried to leave his jail unit in February with the intention of assaulting Cowan.

Forensic psychologist Nicholas Smith told the court Jackway showed a willingness to engage in the Sex Offender Treatment Program in prison.

But he conceded it was a significant challenge for him to control is impulses and he was prone to acting out aggressively in prison to maintain a tough appearance.

Chief Justice Catherine Holmes ruled that Jackway’s indefinite detention order should continue.

“I am not satisfied that adequate protection of the community can be reasonably and practicably managed by a supervision order,” Justice Holmes said.

“Mr Jackway is a serious danger to the community … and I order that Mr Jackway continue to be subject to the continuing detention order.”



Jackway must remain in jail

Kieran Campbell | 29th February 2012

VIOLENT pedophile Douglas Jackway has been deemed too much of a risk to the community to be released from jail.

A court ordered yesterday that the Sunshine Coast pedophile be detained indefinitely under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sex Offenders) Act.

Jackway has only been free for three months since he was arrested in the mid-1990s for a sadistic attack on a young boy.

He is one of 20 people in the state who are subject to ongoing detention orders.

The decision by Acting Justice Kerry O’Brien was praised by child safety executive Hetty Johnston.

The Bravehearts founder welcomed the indefinite sentence order.

“We applaud the courts for a very wise decision and we commend them … on what we believe is a right decision and the community should be equally supportive,” Ms Johnston said.

“(The courts) have to continue to be strong.”

Jackway was to be released at the start of the month after serving a jail sentence for the rape of a young girl in the 1990s.

He was not charged with that offence until 2004.

The Attorney-General applied to have Jackway’s sentence extended indefinitely almost six months ago.

It was reported yesterday that the defence for Jackway told the court hearing that the only way to know whether he would breach his conditions “was simply to try”.

In the past, a psychologist has described Jackway as a “biological psychopath” who treats crime as others would treat a profession.

Those same psychological reports said he was “callous, indifferent and showed little remorse”.

“The picture regarding Mr Jackway is bleak indeed, for him and for society,” the psychologist said.


Before Douglas Jackway was ordered to an indefinite prison term, there were fewer than 20 prisoners subject to continuing detention

The Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act allows courts to order prisoners to be held beyond their release date

127 offenders have been managed under the Act since its introduction in 2003

Currently 81 prisoners are under strict supervision

19 are currently subject to continuing detention



Pedophile fate angers

Kieran Campbell | 2nd February 2012

THE fate of a violent Sunshine Coast pedophile should have been known months before the criminal’s release date, independent MP Peter Wellington said yesterday.

The Member for Nicklin said it was “simply not good enough” that Douglas Brian Jackway could be released by the end of the month.

Attorney-General Paul Lucas has applied to the Supreme Court for an indefinite sentence for Jackway, who was to be released tomorrow after serving his sentence for the rape of a young girl.

A judge has ordered an interim detention order until February 28, when it will be decided if Jackway is to be kept in jail or released under strict supervision.

Mr Lucas defended the timeliness of his application to have Jackway kept behind bars, saying he filed for a continuing detention order on August 23 last year.

“When the court actually hears a matter is a matter for the court itself,” Mr Lucas said.

“Let me make it clear: the State Government believes this person belongs behind bars (and) that’s why we are asking the court to deliver an indefinite detention order.”

Mr Wellington said it was either the Bligh Government’s legislation or lack of court resources that had delayed the fate of Jackway to an eleventh-hour court hearing this week.

“It’s simply not good enough,” he said.

“The reality is this matter should have been dealt with.

“It’s not acceptable that the court sets this matter down with a hearing at the eleventh hour. If the court is overworked perhaps we need more staff.”

Jackway was jailed in the 1990s for snatching a young boy from a public area and raping him in broad daylight.

He was released in November, 2003, before being arrested again in early in 2004 and convicted for the rape of a young girl several years earlier.

LNP justice spokesman Jarrod Bleijie said the LNP believed “dangerous sex offenders should not be released before successfully completing rehabilitation and are no longer deemed to be a risk”.



Pedophile may go free

Kieran Campbell | 1st February 2012

A VIOLENT Sunshine Coast pedophile could be released from jail as early as this month unless an eleventh-hour fight to keep him locked up is successful.

Douglas Brian Jackway was to be released on Friday after serving his sentence for the rape of a young girl.

Attorney General Paul Lucas applied to the Supreme Court of Queensland yesterday for Jackway to be locked up indefinitely.

If the government is successful, Jackway would be listed under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act for numerous crimes against children.

Jackway was jailed in the 1990s for snatching a young boy from a public area and raping him in broad daylight.

He was released in November, 2003, before being arrested again in early 2004 and convicted for the rape of a young girl several years earlier.

While a civil liberties body blasted the laws, a spokesman for Mr Lucas said the government believed Jackway belonged behind bars.

Acting Justice Kerry O’Brien ordered an interim detention order yesterday until February 28, when he will decide Jackway’s fate.

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Michael Cope said the laws were “fundamentally flawed”.

“How can somebody defend against an application that they might (commit a crime) in the future?” Mr Cope said.

“Once people have served their time then the punishment has come to an end and they’re entitled to be released.”

Mr Cope said there was no way of knowing an inmate was going to commit a crime when they were released.

“So what you’re doing (if someone is locked up indefinitely) is depriving someone of their liberty based on the idea of what they might do,” Mr Cope said.

Child safety advocates Bruce and Denise Morcombe studied the police files of dozens of pedophiles during the lengthy investigation into their son’s disappearance.

Mr Morcombe, who has read Jackway’s history, said the pedophile should not be released.

“Certainly the experience we have … is that sex offenders can never be rehabilitated,” Mr Morcombe said.

“They’re different to just a violent offender. To read (Jackway’s) history it’s suggested he’s potentially a very dangerous man, particularly to children.”



Jackway eligible for parole now

Anne-Louise Brown | 22nd December 2009

VIOLENT child sex offender Douglas Jackway is eligible to apply for parole.

Jackway, 33, was jailed for five years in 2005 for the rape of an 11-year-old girl, a crime he committed at the age of 14, and also for traffic offences stemming from a high speed car chase through Noosa on December 5, 2003.

In May, Jackway, who grew up in Tewantin, was named as a person of interest in relation to the disappearance in 2003 of teenager Daniel Morcombe.

Since his 2005 conviction, Jackway has been charged with additional offences, two committed in prison, adding an extra two years to his sentence, meaning his time in prison is set to expire in February, 2012.

Six months before that date, if he has not already been granted parole, the state government can apply to have him kept in jail indefinitely.

Jackway, described by one psychologist as a “biological psychopath”, became eligible to apply for parole in June, 2008.

It is unknown whether he has actually applied.

Daniel Morcombe’s father, Bruce, said Jackway should not be granted parole regardless of whether he was involved in his son’s disappearance or not.

“Everybody deserves a second chance but Jackway has shown a propensity for serious re-offending straight after he is released from prison,” Mr Morcombe said.

“His criminal record is abysmal, but the time until his release is ticking down.

“Jackway is not the sort of person who should be able to live in community. He has shown he can’t be rehabilitated.”

Under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act, the attorney-general can apply for a prisoner’s continued imprisonment during the last six months of the prisoner’s sentence.

Queensland attorney-general Cameron Dick said the act ensured prisoners were given a full opportunity to participate in relevant rehabilitation programs.

“I am advised that Mr Jackway’s current sentence is calculated to expire in February, 2012,” Mr Dick said.

“I will give full and thorough consideration to making an application under the act at the relevant time.”



Inside the life of a child rapist

Anne-Louise Brown | 8th November 2009

In Saturday’s Daily,Anne-Louise Brown examined the early years of convicted child rapist Douglas Brian Jackway’s descent into a life of crime.

Today, in the second part of the series, his later offences, for which he is presently serving prison time, are outlined as are the opinions of psychiatrists who have examined Jackway during his prison terms.

DOUGLAS Brian Jackway has spent almost his entire adult life in jail.

Being incarcerated, however, has not prevented him from offending.

After being jailed for eight years in 1995 for the attempted rape of a nine-year-old boy Jackway’s violent and erratic behaviour continued behind bars.

On August 8, 1997, when he was 20, Jackway assaulted a fellow-prisoner who refused to fight him, causing injury to the man.

In 1999 Jackway was charged with wilful damage after he smashed the television in his cell, claiming authorities were interfering with his visits.

He smashed another television on May 9, 2001, because he did not want to be moved to another cell.

Jackway was released from prison on November 7, 2003, and due to a prison bungle had served seven months more than ordered.

Upon his release the first thing Jackway did was buy a car, a light blue Holden Commodore, though he did not have a licence and made no attempt to get one.

Within 12 days he had committed his first traffic offence for driving unlicensed.

After he was freed Jackway travelled between the Ipswich area, where he had friends, and the Sunshine Coast, where he had grown up.

On November 22, 2003, Jackway was arrested and his car impounded following a high-speed chase through Noosa.

About 12.40am Jackway, who had been drinking, and an acquaintance hopped into Jackway’s car, which was parked on Hastings Street.

Jackway loudly revved the engine and, when directed by police to pull over, reversed and collided with a street sign, then drove off.

He led the police on a 39km high-speed chase lasting 20 minutes, during which speeds of up to 170kmph were reached.

It came to an end when the car’s tyres were deflated by a stinger device. The car was impounded at Claytons Towing near Nambour.

On December 5 Jackway stole a car from Goodna railway station and drove to the Sunshine Coast to retrieve his car, removing two wheels from the stolen car to replace the two deflated in the chase.

Daniel Morcombe disappeared from the Kiel Mountain Overpass on the Nambour Connection Road two days later, on December 7.

Jackway was charged with unlawful use of a vehicle and dangerous operation of a vehicle following the car chase and appeared in Maroochydore District Court on January 17.

However, he also faced a far more serious charge – rape.

After his release from prison a woman came forward who, as a nine-year-old, was raped by a 14-year-old Jackway in 1991.

He had lured the girl to an unoccupied house at Tewantin and, when inside, claimed he had found a condom.

Jackway showed the condom to the girl and asked her if she knew what it was.

After explaining what the condom was used for Jackway asked: “Would you like to try it?”.

The girl resisted but Jackway forcibly removed her clothes, pulled her on to a bed and raped her.

During the rape the girl was injured and bled on to the bed, leaving a 10cm stain.

After the rape Jackway told the girl not to tell anyone “or I’ll hurt you”.

The owner of the home in which the rape took place testified he returned home one day around the period the rape took place to find a used condom in a “messed up” bed and blood on a sheet.

Jackway was sentenced to two years jail for the rape, later upgraded to three years, and two years for the traffic offences.

He was serving the sentence at the Capricornia Correctional Centre but was moved to Townsville after he was linked to the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe.

A source said Jackway had been targeted by other inmates when the news broke.

During proceedings against Jackway expert psychiatric evidence has been called upon, painting a grim picture of his character.

In 1995 he was described as a “biological psychopath” and in 1999 as having a “gross borderline and antisocial personality disorder”.

Since being convicted of attempted rape in 1995 Jackway has been examined by at least four psychologists, all of whom agreed he suffers from an antisocial personality disorder or, in short, that he is psychopathic.

One of the psychologists, Professor Harvey Whiteford, said Jackway’s unwillingness to control his actions and desire for immediate sexual gratification was part of his general desire for gratification.

He added there was no known treatment for Jackway’s condition and concluded he was dangerous and presented a high risk of re-offending.

Jackway may be released in January next year.



Qld Govt slammed over paedophile’s release

Posted Wed Jun 3, 2009 3:36pm AEST
Updated Wed Jun 3, 2009 3:50pm AEST

The Queensland Government has come under criticism in Parliament for releasing a dangerous paedophile in 2003.

Sunshine Coast MP Peter Wellington asked why Douglas Jackway was released from prison after the Supreme Court had presented clear evidence of his inability or unwillingness to control his criminal instincts.

Teenager Daniel Morcombe disappeared a month later on the Sunshine Coast and his parents want Jackway investigated to see if he is linked to the case.

Attorney-General Cameron Dick told Parliament that the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act was not in place at the time of Jackway’s release.

“The prisoner’s April 2003 release date was prior to the commencement of the Act, and therefore the then attorney-general could not make an order or seek for an order to made in respect to the prisoner under the Act at that time,” Mr Dick said.

Daniel Morcombe, then aged 13, disappeared from a bus stop in a presumed abduction.

A $1 million reward for information about the case expired at midnight Sunday night.

Earlier this week, Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett says he cannot say how many fresh leads have been generated since Jackway’s name was linked with the case.

The latest publicity has also prompted civil liberties groups to call for laws banning media outlets from naming people they link to criminal cases.


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