Bruce Morcombe.
Bruce Morcombe.

Tide rises against Jackway release

THE father of missing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe yesterday made an impassioned plea to the state government for convicted child rapist Douglas Jackway to be kept in jail indefinitely.

Jackway, a person of interest in relation to Daniel’s disappearance, could be out of prison within months.

Daniel disappeared when he was 13 from under the Kiel Mountain Overpass in 2003.

His dad Bruce Morcombe is concerned about the release of Jackway, 32, who has a propensity for frequent violent offending.

“I don't know if Jackway had anything to do with Daniel’s disappearance, but I think it’s a matter of great concern for the Sunshine Coast community that a man like him could be let out on the streets,” Mr Morcombe said.

“No one deserves to have a man like that walking around, with a history of violent offending.”

Jackway, who grew up in Tewantin, was jailed for five years in 2005 for the rape of a nine-year-old girl, a crime committed when he was just 14, and offences arising after he was involved in a high-speed car chase on the Coast.

He is presently held in the Townsville Correctional Centre and his precise release date remains, information Community Corrections would not provide.

In 2003, Jackway was released after serving eight years for the attempted rape of a nine-year-old boy who he snatched from under a bridge at Tannum Sands, near Gladstone.

According to court documents, Jackway held the naked boy by the throat and threatened to cut it as witnesses tried to rescue the child.

An attempt by the then-attorney general to have Jackway’s sentence increased to 12 years failed, despite doctors saying that Jackway was a dangerous offender with no conscience or control over his sexual impulses.

Mr Morcombe was concerned Jackway’s history proved he was prone to reoffend shortly after being released from prison.

“He tried to rape a young boy and he raped a nine-year-old girl,” Mr Morcombe said.

“He stole cars and was involved in high-speed chases.

“These are not offences to be taken lightly and they show he has no respect for other human beings at all.”

In a statement to the Daily, Queensland attorney general Cameron Dick did not refer to Jackway directly, but said under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act, an application could be made to the supreme court for a continuing detention order prior to an offender’s release.

The application could be made if it was believed there was an unacceptable risk the offender would reoffend.

“An application for an order under the DPSOA can be made within the last six months of the prisoner’s term of imprisonment,” Mr Dick said.

“I will give full and proper consideration to whether an application should be made at the appropriate time.”

State member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington, said the imminent release of Jackway was of concern to the whole community. He plans to pursue the issue with the attorney general in parliament.

“No one wants this man, a repeat violent offender, released into the community.”

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