A chilling phone call shows how a convicted paedophile, who has just been released from jail, threatened to kill a young girl he raped.
Shocking details have been revealed about a convicted child rapist and former suspect in the disappearance of 13-year-old schoolboy Daniel Morcombe who has been released from a Queensland prison.
Douglas Brian Jackway has spent 25 years behind bars for the serious sexual assault of two children, a boy and a girl, in the 1990s.
The 44-year-old was also a suspect in the 2003 murder of Daniel Morcombe but was later determined not to be involved in the boy’s death.
During the proceedings defence barrister Angus Edwards grilled Jackway about his lengthy criminal history and questioned him about a historical rape conviction involving a young girl aged nine or 10.
He said Jackway threatened to hurt the girl if she told anyone what he’d done, the Courier Mail reported.
Jackway later threatened to kill the girl during a phone call with his sister from prison, the court heard.
“She wants to pray that I never get out of jail mate,’ the court was told he said.
“I swear to you, if I ever get out of jail, she is one dead b**** mate. I’ll knock the c*** mate.”
Jackway was sentenced to eight years in jail in 1995 for abducting and raping a boy in Gladstone, Queensland.
He was released from jail in 2003 and in 2005 was sent back to jail for raping a girl aged between nine and 10 in 1991.
In February 2012, he was detained in custody for an indefinite term under sexual offenders legislation, a decision that has since been reaffirmed six times.
Now, the Supreme Court has ruled Jackway is ready to be released due to the help of rehabilitation programs and treatment.
“He has taken significant time, with the assistance of rehabilitation programs and treatment, to reach a point of maturation and develop methods to exercise self-control over his emotions and behaviour for the Court to reach a view that he can be managed on a supervision order,” a judgment summary read.
“His risks of reoffending are considered by psychiatrists to be moderate and below moderate under the conditions of a supervision order.”
Upon his release, Jackway will be required to live in the Wacol precinct, will be subject to a curfew and will be required to wear a GPS tracker.
The supervision order is set for 15 years, with the Supreme Court judgment stating the order will provide “adequate protection” to the community.
“In all of the circumstances, the court is satisfied that the adequate protection of the community can be ensured by his release on a supervision order and there are a number of protective factors in place to detect any escalation of risk towards reoffending by Mr Jackway,” the summary said.
“The weight of opinion supports the fact that he is more likely to engage in general offending than offending as contemplated by the Act.”
The convicted paedophile has a long history of substance abuse, a personality disorder and a known inability to control his impulses.
A prison officer told The Courier Mail that Jackway was one of the worst inmates he had seen throughout his whole career.
“The consequences of what he could do outweighs anything,” he said.
“I’ve known him since the 1990s. Without doubt he is the worst sex offender that I’ve seen. He is the worst of the worst, the top 10 in Australia, easy.
“He’s just a predator. You have you paedophiles. But he is a violent paedophile. It makes him so dangerous.”
In 2018, forensic psychiatrist Dr Andrew Aboud said Jackway could reoffend if he loses learned behaviour controls, such as when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Dr Aboud said Jackway could then be “prone to seeing any random child as a victim or receptacle of his anger” and described such a scenario as “a time bomb that just takes a potential victim to cross him for it go off”.
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