Pedophile offended again because he felt ostracised

THE Harrisville community has been blamed for potentially provoking a convicted pedophile to offend again.

Barrister Josh Fenton said the small town outside Ipswich had ostracised his client, Mark Anthony Foy, and run him out of town.

Foy is most at risk of offending when he is depressed and unstable, psychiatrist Barry Nurcombe testified in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is pushing for Foy's supervision order to be extended.

Dr Nurcombe also said Foy was at risk when he suffered "adverse publicity".

The small Harrisville community's outrage was splashed across newspapers when locals discovered Foy was relocated just outside the area.

His employer at the time reportedly did not know the full extent of his crimes.

Mr Fenton said Foy had been made the "poster boy" for pedophilia and even he knew his client by face before he met him.

"The extensive community ostracism he has been subject to has made his risk factors worse," he said.

"Then the community through the Attorney-General comes to this court and says well, we ask your honour to exercise discretion in favour of protection of the community in circumstances where the community is to some degree responsible for what he has done."

Justice David Boddice said it was unfortunate people did not want Foy around even though he was not a risk.

"It does seem to be sadly a factor that comes to play that within communities people whether they are misinformed, uninformed, or just because of their views, they take the view they don't want them - they don't want somebody like Mr Foy around them," Justice Boddice said.

Barrister Jeff Rolls, representing the Attorney-General, said Queensland Corrective Services was trying to help Foy find accommodation away from Wacol.

But Mr Rolls said it was difficult as Foy had been evicted from his Kangaroo Point accommodation because he owed $1900 in rent.

Justice Boddice reserved his judgment to a later date.

- APN NEWSDESK

 


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