Convicted rapist Jeffery Voois. Photo: The Queensland Times
Convicted rapist Jeffery Voois. Photo: The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Police monitor notorious serial rapist in Toowoomba

SERIAL rapist Jeffrey William Voois remains subject to strict reporting conditions controlled by Brisbane police which allow him to live in the Toowoomba community.

Voois, 45, was released from jail after serving 16 years for the rapes of three teenage girls in Mackay in 1992.

Because of that offending, and the indecent assaults of male prisoners while he was incarcerated, Voois is classified as a high risk offender.

Darling Downs Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said that classification meant his case was managed by the Brisbane-based State Crime Operations Command officers.

Insp. Isherwood said Toowoomba police were aware of Voois and his conditions set out by the Supreme Court on his release in 2008.

"They (Toowoomba officers) have carriage to ensure he complies with his conditions but he is under Brisbane's supervision," Insp. Isherwood said.

"We have a person in Toowoomba who will do spot checks.

"High risk means they have to be monitored at least once a month and that is a minimum.

"They (officers) have to go and make contact and ensure they (offenders) comply with the conditions."

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A supervision order application made to the Supreme Court in 2008 was told Voois had been assessed by a number of mental health professionals with a focus on the likelihood of recidivism.

Evaluations by a psychologists at the time under the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide found he had a 64 per cent chance of reoffending in seven years of release, and 76% in 10 years.

But the same court hearing was told Voois had been diagnosed with serious renal disease and was awaiting a kidney transplant.

As such, the court was told Voois' debility "affects his capacity to inflict sexual offences".

The court was also told Voois would undertake a sexual offender treatment program which, had he not complied, would violate the conditions of his release.

"Like anyone, I would be concerned if they were living next door but there is regular monitoring," Insp. Isherwood said.

"Laws are in place to ensure these people comply, and if they don't, people should make a complaint and make us aware of it."

He said police closely monitored all high risk offenders living in the region.

The Supreme Court order was made for 15 years, which is set to expire in 2023.



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