Convicted murderers walk free on parole in Gladstone
TWO convicted murderers are among 85 serious offenders walking among us, as the latest figures revealed an alarming number of serious ex-crims are currently under supervision within the Gladstone community.
Statistics obtained by The Observer from Queensland Corrective Services highlighted the fact that more than 250 people active in the Gladstone community were on probation and/or parole.
In total, 267 people were under supervision as of April 15 this year, with 57 of those having served actual time in a correctional centre for their crimes.
A Queensland Corrective Services spokesperson also said that 85 people were being monitored for offences deemed as serious.
"Of the 267 offenders currently under supervision, 85 are under supervision for offences ranging from murder, assault, armed robbery and sexual offences," the spokesperson said.
"The remaining 182 offenders' most serious offences were related to property, drugs, fraud or for other crimes."
Also of concern for the local community, 10 offenders were under supervision for sexual offences they had committed in their past, as well as 63 others being supervised for various forms of serious assault, including common assault, assault causing grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm.
Two people were under the responsibility of probation and parole services for armed robbery, as well as another two people who had committed a firearm offence.
Under the Queensland Corrective Services Act 2006, a prisoner can apply for parole on reaching their assigned parole eligibility date.
However, they are unable to make an application if the parole board has previously denied a request, and has not deemed the prisoner eligible to make another application.
In a quirky nuance of the legislation, a prisoner serving life imprisonment for an offence was eligible for parole after 15 years provided they did not fall under certain categories of murder, while repeat child sexual offenders were not eligible for parole before having served 20 years minimum.
Those serving terms of imprisonment for a serious violent offence were eligible for parole after serving the lesser of either 80% of the term of imprisonment imposed for the violent offence, or 15 years, whichever arrived first.
Further in Gladstone, there were five people in the community under supervision for serious offences of making menacing calls and stalking, while one person was being monitored by probation and parole services for an offence of dangerous driving causing death.
BY THE NUMBERS:
- 267 people in Gladstone currently on probation and/or parole as at April 15
- 57 of those have served actual prison time
- 2 currently under supervision for murder
- 10 being supervised for serious sexual offences
- 63 for other assaults including assault occasioning bodily harm
- 2 for armed robbery
- 1 for dangerous driving causing death