Jackway must remain in jail

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

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