Pedophile granted jail release after woman refused evidence

A CONVICTED Ipswich pedophile has been granted release from jail after a woman refused to give evidence against him.

Earlier this month a Supreme Court Justice ordered John Robert Bragg to stay in jail. Bragg had applied to be released under exceptional circumstances legislation but this was refused.

On Friday Brisbane Supreme Court heard that the Attorney-General could not proceed the matter further and withdrew its case against him.

Justice Martin Burns then ordered Bragg to be released from Townsville jail.

Earlier this month the court heard Mr Bragg was placed on a dangerous prisoner supervision order in 2007 when he was released from jail.

He had been serving time for indecent treatment of a child, assault with intent to rape and offensive behaviour.

Bragg allegedly breached supervision orders last year when a woman came forward and claimed he had been stalking her while she worked in a shop.

He was charged with stalking and a court made a restraining order against him.

But on Friday barrister Jeff Rolls, representing the Attorney-General, said the woman did not want any further involvement in the case.

He said her evidence could not be relied upon and that they could not proceed with their case against Bragg and his alleged breach of supervision orders.

- APN NEWSDESK


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