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Child abuser dies at train station

A convicted pedophile died at Wacol station.
A convicted pedophile died at Wacol station.

A MAN who collapsed and died on the platform of Wacol train station yesterday has been confirmed as convicted serial pedophile Keith Albert Beattie.

Recently released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence, the 68-year-old suffered a suspected heart attack before falling to the ground about 10.50am.

Queensland Rail employees tried desperately to resuscitate the man as he lay lifeless.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and picked up where the QR workers left off – but were unsuccessful.

Beattie was pronounced dead at 11.40am.

Police confirmed the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Other media reports stated Beattie had ridden a bicycle to the train station from his nearby contingency accommodation.

The contingency accommodation is on fenced-off Correctional Service land at Wacol, designated for convicted child sex offenders on supervision orders who are unable to find suitable housing.

Beattie had a disturbing history of sexual abuse of children and intellectually impaired people.

Between 1984 and 1997 he was convicted of 14 offences, committed across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

His most recent offences involved maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child under 16, indecent dealing, unlawful carnal knowledge of an intellectually impaired person and indecent dealing with an intellectually impaired person.

He was sentenced to 10 years, four months and four days jail for the offences but in 2006 was ordered to remain in prison indefinitely on the grounds that he remained a serious risk to the community.

A review of that decision, on April 17 last year, found Beattie was still a serious risk to the community and it was again ordered that he be detained in custody for an indefinite period.

Beattie was released on June 17 this year, but was subject to a supervision order that involved electronic monitoring and a curfew.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.



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