'Railway rapist' on strict parole
THE Corrective Services Department says it has imposed strict parole conditions on “railway rapist” Troy Allen Burley.
The Police Union questioned the parole board’s decision to release Burley back to Ipswich eight years short of his 20-year sentence.
Burley pleaded guilty in 1997 to vicious sex assaults on four women, including the daylight rapes of two women near Ebbw Vale train station.
A Corrective Services Department spokesman said yesterday Burley’s parole order contained conditions including random drug and alcohol testing, no contact, direct or indirect, with his victims or the victims’ families, attending all required courses, programs, meetings and counselling and living at a residence approved by the parole board or the corrective services officer and not changing address without their permission.
“The parole boards are independent bodies,” the spokesman said.
“They take community safety into account among a broad range of factors when considering a parole application, including the offender’s past offences and patterns of offending, the possibility of the offender committing further offences, the history of any previous parole orders and whether rehabilitation programs have been successfully completed.
“Board members also examine extensive case history, including details about a prisoner’s behaviour in custody and the viability of the relapse prevention and release plans.
“They also examine risk of physical or psychological harm to a member of the community, behavioural reports and the sentencing Judge’s recommendations.”