The court was told a molester with a brain impairment and history of booze abuse is among those presenting new problems.
The court was told a molester with a brain impairment and history of booze abuse is among those presenting new problems.

Sick sex offenders pose housing crisis for state, court told

A PSYCHIATRIST says a growing number of old and sick sex offenders cannot be safely released into the community.

Sex-obsessed, cognitively impaired serial predator Geoffrey Doolan is one of them, Dr Josephine Sundin said on Monday.

"We now have a growing population of individuals who really can't be safely released into the community because of age factors ... or health factors, who, while they're under a supervision order, cannot be placed in a supervised hostel," Dr Sundin told Brisbane Supreme Court.

In Queensland, jailed sex offenders such as 51-year-old Doolan can be put on supervision orders, released on parole with supervision, or given continued detention.

Because Doolan allegedly breached his supervision order four times, the Attorney-General wanted his supervision order extended to 2022.

Dr Sundin and fellow psychiatrist Dr Scott Harden told the court they agreed the order should run to 2022, but the court was not persuaded.

Doolan grabbed a Rockhampton woman at an ATM in 2005 and a Mackay teenager in 2006, and has repeatedly grabbed or exposed himself to women without their consent.

His cognitive impairment likely impacted his inhibitions and disrupted normal emotional regulation, the psychiatrists told the court.

Justice Sue Brown asked whether Doolan could be kept in supervised housing without extending the order.

"We see it time and again that the supervision order itself can sometimes be a massive barrier to placing someone into a hostel-type placement," Dr Sundin replied.

She said Doolan had a "cluster" of problems, and he might "sexually act out against residents" in a hostel.

Dr Sundin said as far as she knew, the Attorney-General and Corrective Services had not addressed issues around residential accommodation for offenders such as Doolan.

In June while speaking about a separate case, Chief Justice Catherine Holmes said the state might have to establish supported accommodation for disabled, old or sick pedophiles who left jail.

At that time, a Corrective Services spokesman told The Courier-Mail that housing support was unavailable for offenders with high-level health, cognitive or functional impairments.

The Attorney-General and Corrective Services did not respond to questions about this case before deadline on Monday.

Doolan's supervision order was imposed in 2015.

He since admitted not responding truthfully about his movements while on the supervision order, and making repeated calls to a complainant.

Dr Scott Harden said Doolan probably needed five more years of supervision. 

He was "at a much higher risk than average" of re-offending because of a long history of sex offences, severe neurocognitive impairments, "sexual deviance and his long history of alcohol issues".

Justice Brown said it was not appropriate for the Supreme Court to extend the order.

She said some key issues might change in Doolan's favour in the next two years with "further assessment and further therapy".

Doolan's present order ends in 2020. - NewsRegional



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