Sexual predator wants indefinite jail terms revoked

A PSYCHOPATHIC sexual predator, considered one of Australia's most dangerous criminals, wants the Queensland Court of Appeal to revoke his four indefinite jail terms.

Barrister Nelson Cook argued Queensland's parole board should assess whether Raymond Henry Garland, who also has sexual sadism tendencies, was a danger to the community and whether he should ever be released from jail.

He said the parole board was better placed to evaluate Garland's suitability instead of having statutory reviews in the courts every two years.

Judge Kiernan Dorney, during a review last year, was satisfied Raymond Henry Garland would still pose "a serious danger to the community" if released.

"I find that he has not yet reached the stage where he has such control over his impulses that the fantasies which he still has about non-consensual, coercive sexual acts will be played out if so notionally released," he said.

The Attorney-General argued the appeal was on policy matters instead of risk reduction and whether a finite sentence could meet adequate protection.

His appointed barrister argued expert opinion from the review showed Garland remained a high to very high risk of reoffending sexually and that he was essentially untreated, having spent nine of his 15 years behind bars in solitary confinement.

Garland began his offending at age 14 and has spent all but 18 months behind bars since 1982.

He is serving four indefinite jail terms for sex attacks in Brisbane and Mackay.

Garland raped and sodomised a 14-year-old girl in 1985, sodomised two teenage boys, aged 14 and 15, in 1987 and held a group of people hostage in South Mackay in 1997.

He raped a five-months pregnant woman and sodomised a 16-year-old boy during the nine-hour siege.

The court has reserved its decision.

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