Dangerous sex offender back behind bars for alleged indecent behaviour in Perth CBD

By Joanna Menagh

Wed 18 Feb 2015, 7:09pm

A man deemed to be a dangerous sex offender is back behind bars over allegations he acted indecently and inappropriately towards women while wandering in Perth’s central business district.

Edward William Latimer, 57, was officially declared a Dangerous Sex Offender in 2006 after spending most of his life in and out of jail for sex crimes.

They included wilful exposure, indecent assault and attempted sexual penetration without consent.

He was released last year after Supreme Court Justice Lindy Jenkins found “much had changed in Latimer’s life” and the risk he posed to the community could be managed if he was subject to a strict supervision order.

The order included conditions that he be subject to electronic monitoring, undergo treatment programs, abide by a curfew and not consume alcohol.

However, today Justice Jenkins ordered that Latimer again be detained pending a hearing into allegations he breached the order by “looking and staring at women and saying inappropriate things to them”.

The court heard his behaviour was observed by police who had followed him in the CBD.

Latimer’s lawyer David McKenzie said his client should not be sent back to jail, describing the alleged breach as “at the lighter end of the scale.”

But Justice Jenkins said the alleged behaviour “had been in the past a precursor to more serious offending”.

The hearing into the alleged breaches will be held in April.



Dangerous sex offender Edward Latimer released on strict conditions

Updated Mon 30 Jun 2014, 3:05pm AEST

A dangerous sex offender has been released from a West Australian prison and will be subject to electronic monitoring.

Edward William Latimer has numerous convictions including aggravated sexual penetration and attempted rape.

In 2006, the Supreme Court ruled he should be kept in jail indefinitely because he posed an ongoing danger to the community.

His detention order has been reviewed and rejected six times since 2007 and he had recently been moved to the minimum security Karnet Prison Farm.

A report considered by the Supreme Court said that at the time of offending, Latimer was leading a chaotic, itinerant life and was living on the streets.

Justice Lindy Jenkins said much had changed in his life.

“While acknowledging Mr Latimer’s risk of serious sexual offending, in my view, so much has changed in [his] life since he was sentenced in 2005 that it can now be said that the community can be adequately protected from that risk if I rescind the continuing detention order and make a strict supervision order,” she said.

Justice Jenkins accepted that Latimer had completed a sex offender treatment program and has had counselling for a number of years.

He was released under supervision with strict conditions including that he be electronically monitored by GPS.

Latimer will also have to undergo random breath testing and urine analysis to ensure he is not “consuming substances which may increase the change of him reoffending”.

In addition, he will have to notify authorities of every change of address or employment, and not leave WA without permission.



Sex offender faces indefinite sentence

Posted Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:43pm AEDT

A serious sex offender is to be kept behind bars indefinitely, the first such case under new Western Australian laws.

Supreme Court Justice Michael Murray has ruled that 48-year-old Edward William Latimer is a serious danger to the community, and he will be kept in prison beyond his sentence.

Latimer has numerous convictions, including aggravated sexual penetration and attempted rape.

Psychiatric reports tendered to the Supreme Court stated he presented a high risk of committing a serious sexual offence if released.

Attorney-General Jim McGinty has told State Parliament it is the first order of its type to be handed down under the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act.


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