State wins legal bid to keep convicted rapist behind bars

THE State of NSW has won a legal bid to keep high-risk convicted rapist Ronald Anderson behind bars.

Mr Anderson was sentenced to 13 years prison after he and a co-offender abducted a woman and subjected her to repeated "extremely violent" rapes across various locations in 2001.

He committed the crimes after escaping Grafton Correctional Centre where he was serving a 10-year sentence for a string of violent attacks, including maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The sentence expired on October 17 this year but lawyers for the government sought a Supreme Court order for Mr Anderson's ongoing detention.

Several experts deemed Mr Anderson a high risk of re-offending and noted he had returned positive drug tests on several occasions while in custody.

The court also heard Mr Anderson planned to visit a family grave in Coffs Harbour "regardless of restrictions" imposed by an extended supervision order.

Since his release, Mr Anderson has been kept under strict supervision at Sydney's Nunyara Community Operated Support Programme Centre.

In findings last Friday, Supreme Court Justice Wilson said Anderson's criminal history coupled with "his failure over the years to respond to any form of restraint and supervision imposed upon him by the courts suggests that he poses a significant risk of serious sexual and other violent re-offending".

Referring to psychiatric evaluations, Justice Wilson said Mr Anderson's criminal history "derives to a great extent from his anti-social personality disorder, compounded by his substance abuse disorder".

"The defendant (Mr Anderson) demonstrated a capacity to sexually offend in a most serious way, without regard to legal restraint or the restraints of common humanity, with disastrous and likely life-long consequences for his victim," Wilson said.

Justice Wilson found the only way to protect the community was to keep Mr Anderson in jail and issued a 12-month detention order as well as a five-year extended supervision order.

Conditions of the order imposed on Mr Anderson include electronic monitoring, providing a weekly plan of movements, and residing at a home approved by a Department Supervising Officer.



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