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Predator stays behind bars

A DANGEROUS sex offender with a fetish for violent sexual fantasies will be kept behind bars because of the high risk he may reoffend.

Mark Richards Lawrence was deemed a dangerous prisoner in 2008 after a lifetime of sexual offending.

Lawrence's crimes started at a young age when he was enrolled at the Ipswich Opportunity School were he reportedly tried to rape a student.

He later went on to work at the Butter Factory, during which time he was convicted of three sex offences. He was 17.

The Attorney-General last month applied to have the Supreme Court review Lawrence's status.

But four years later he was locked away indefinitely. Justice Martin Daubney deemed Lawrence, 50, is still a danger to the community.

In a written judgment delivered on Thursday, Justice Daubney detailed Lawrence's chequered history, most of which had been spent behind bars.

By his 18th birthday, Lawrence had been before the Ipswich Court three times for the aggravated assault of children.

On Boxing Day in 1983, while he was an involuntary patient at the Wolston Park Hospital in Brisbane, Lawrence killed a female patient and was sentenced to 15 years jail for manslaughter.

At the time a psychiatrist reported the death followed Lawrence's sadistic fantasies about raping and murdering a woman and cooking her body parts in an oven.

In 2002 he was found guilty of sodomising an inmate.

When the Attorney-General appealed a court order to release Lawrence in 2008, Justice George Fryberg found his sexual sadism and antisocial personality disorder made him a high risk of reoffending.

A psychiatrist found in 2009 that if Lawrence were to reoffend on release, it would involve sadistic rape and sexual assaults on females, males and children.

During the most recent review, a psychiatrist established Lawrence's risk of reoffending was high and her opinion had not changed.

Psychiatrist Dr Donald Grant outlined Lawrence's sexual fantasies could increase to very violent offending without prediction.

"In Mr Lawrence's case there may be no externally obvious changes between a rise in sadistic fantasies and him acting on these fantasies in a very violent way," he stated in a report.

Psychiatrists also questioned Lawrence's credibility to accurately report on his fantasies due to his tendency to lie.

As a result, Justice Daubney on Thursday found Lawrence's risk of reoffending was too high to warrant his supervised release.

"I am also satisfied that the risk that the respondent will reoffend is high, and that the nature of the offence that the respondent is likely to commit is potentially life-threatening," he said.

Topics:  attorney-general, mark richards lawrence, sex offender, supreme court




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