Community worried after sex offender who tried to molest 8-year-old cousin in a 'drunk and horny' state gets released

A convicted sex offender who is considered a genuine danger to the community after he tried to rape an eight-year-old child has just been released from prison


                            Community worried after sex offender who tried to molest 8-year-old cousin in a 'drunk and horny' state gets released

The 23-year-old man, who hails from Cairns and cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a number of charges including attempted rape and deprivation of liberty, and subsequently spent three-and-a-half years in jail. At the time of the offense, the eight-year-old girl, who was the man's cousin, was staying at his residence in Cape York.

The man, who claimed to be "drunk and horny" at the time, took the young female into a bedroom and locked the door after having "stupid thoughts", stated a Daily Mail report.

 At the time of the offense, the eight-year-old girl, who was the man's cousin, was staying at his residence in Cape York. (Pixabay)
 At the time of the offense, the eight-year-old girl, who was the man's cousin, was staying at his residence in Cape York. (Pixabay)

"The child was struggling to break free from his grip and started to scream for help," Justice Helen Bowskill said. "He (offender) made admissions to police including saying that he wanted to have sex with the child and if he had not been disturbed by others he would have gone further."

The man had allegedly been drinking heavily at the time as he was grieving the death of a close relative, court papers revealed. He engaged in several sexual offending programs while in prison and demonstrated insight into his behavior. Court records state that his criminal history first began at Mareeba, a town in Far North Queensland, when he was a juvenile at 14 and sexually assaulted a woman while she was jogging.

The man had allegedly been drinking heavily at the time as he was grieving the death of a close relative, court papers revealed. (Pixabay)
The man had allegedly been drinking heavily at the time as he was grieving the death of a close relative, court papers revealed. (Pixabay)

The man is slated to be under strict supervision for the next decade. It is mandatory for him to regularly report to authorities and maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol during this period.

If he was released from jail without supervision, there was an "unacceptable risk" that he would commit a serious sexual offense, Justice Bowskill acknowledged.

The recently freed man is required to inform Corrective Services of changes to his address, employment and vehicle details within two business days and is not permitted to leave Queensland without permission.