Sexual predator still a danger

A PSYCHOPATHIC sexual predator with sexual sadism tendencies would still pose "a serious danger to the community" if released today.

Raymond Henry Garland, 41, is considered one of Australia's most dangerous sexual offenders, beginning his offending at age 14 and spending all but 18 months behind bars since 1982.

He is serving four indefinite jail terms for sex attacks in Brisbane and Mackay but the Queensland justice system is required to review such orders periodically.

The purpose of the review - held in Brisbane over three days earlier this month - was to determine whether the indefinite sentences should be discharged. If they should not, then the indefinite sentences continue in force.

Judge Kiernan Dorney, who handed down his decision yesterday, was satisfied "to a high degree of probability" that the Queensland community "would be at risk of serious physical harm" if Garland was 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.

"Therefore, there is a need to protect members of the community from that risk."

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.

Garland - who has admitted he has rape fantasies several times a week - has spent more than nine of his 13 years in custody in solitary confinement.

There have been allegations of sexual offences while he was in the general prison population as recently as 2011 but no charges have been laid.

Prison cell mates were often "moved out" when prison staff suspected he was "attempting to groom" fellow prisoners.

Garland, in a statement he submitted to the court, had expressed his remorse for his actions and his desire to one day lead a normal life.

"I am so sorry for the crimes and offences that I have committed and the effect they have had on my victims, my victim's families and the greater community," he wrote.

"(I'm) sorry for the pain and suffering that I have caused (and continue to cause) my victims and my victim's families".

But Judge Dorney said he had found Garland - who testified during the hearing - would feign recollection problems when he did not want to answer questions and he delivered responses in a way he believed "those who have power over his future life would ... wish to hear if they were inclined to believe in good prospects for his rehabilitation".

Garland received the indefinite sentences in 1998 after he faced court for 45 offences against 32 people.

Of those, 11 were sexual offences against four people.

All the offences were committed within one week after he was granted parole for previous sexual offences.

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