Woman terrified as serial rapist moves to Toowoomba
ONE of Queensland's most notorious serial rapists has been placed in rental accommodation in Toowoomba without consultation with residents of the street.
Jeffrey William Voois, 45, served 16 years in jail after being convicted of the rapes of three teenage girls in Mackay in 1992 and raping or sexually assaulting other prisoners while behind bars.
The Chronicle has been told Voois, who uses a different name, is living in a North Toowoomba street and has been placed near a single woman who lives alone.
The Chronicle's sister newspaper in Mackay, the Daily Mercury, led a campaign to prevent Voois from returning to the North Queensland city when he was released from prison in late 2008.
The Mercury at the time reported that the Supreme Court had been told just months prior to his release that Voois "was a 74% chance of re-offending and did not undertake a sexual offender treatment program while in jail".
A resident of the particular North Toowoomba street, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Chronicle she was living in fear having such a violent offender residing near her home and that she has had to go to considerable expense to upgrade her home security.
"Why should we have to live under this pressure?" she said.
"No-one asked us (street residents) if it was okay to have this guy here.
"No-one asked if Toowoomba wanted him living here."
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The resident said she understood that violent sex offenders had to be placed somewhere when released from jail but wondered how much thought had gone into the placing of a known violent sex offender near a vulnerable woman who lived alone in a quiet inner-city street in a country city like Toowoomba.
"Imagine if it was your mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt?" she said.
"Would you support him living there?"
The resident claimed that, rather than keeping a low profile, Voois regularly worked on vehicles in the yard and played music loudly so he could hear it over the noise of the tools he used on the vehicles.
The resident said she had approached a variety of authorities seeking help to have Voois moved on but to no avail.
She said she had resorted to going public in the hope of obtaining community support in her quest to have him moved from her neighbourhood and Toowoomba.