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WA Police Minister “Finds Balance” As Dangerous Serial Rapist Is Released

Serial rapist John Lyddieth is expected to live in Tuart Hill from today on a supervision order
Serial rapist John Lyddieth is expected to live in Tuart Hill from today on a supervision order
Serial rapist John Lyddieth has been released from prison to live in Tuart Hill. 

Lyddieth, 63, has spent most of the past 24 years behind bars for stalking and sexually assaulting women in the western suburbs between 1987 and 1991. He raped nine of his victims.

In granting his release on Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ralph Simmonds said Lyddieth remained a serious danger and would pose an unacceptable risk to the community if he was released from jail unsupervised.

He is expected to live in Tuart Hill from today on a supervision order with 44 conditions, including being monitored electronically and not being in the presence of females who have been drinking.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said yesterday she wanted dangerous sex offenders jailed indefinitely.

But she said the State Government did not have that “luxury” and needed to find a balance, she said yesterday, as serial rapist Dennis John Lyddieth prepared to walk free from jail.

“As a mother and member of the community, yes,” Mrs Harvey said. “But as a member of the Government…we don’t have that luxury necessarily of saying we will incarcerate someone forever. What we need to do as a Government is to try to find a balance and the Attorney General has that invidious task.

“I support him in his efforts.”

Mrs Harvey said the court made decisions based on factors presented to it and those decisions had to be respected.

She said the sex offender management squad and Department of Corrective Services were well-resourced to manage dangerous sex offenders in the community.

She expected Lyddieth’s photograph would appear on the dangerous sex offender register website from today.

Shadow attorney-general John Quigley yesterday urged the Government to release its “secret” review into WA’s dangerous sex offender laws immediately and introduce amendments to Parliament tomorrow.

Mr Quigley said the Government had been sitting on the report since June last year and the time for talk was over, as dangerous sex offenders continued to be released into the community.

He said dangerous sex offenders should be locked up until they were no longer considered to be at high risk of reoffending.

Mrs Harvey said the review was not secret and would be released when the new legislation was introduced in Parliament, which was imminent.

Source: The Western Australian.

French Woman Flees Australia After Attack On WA Police Officer

Injuries to a police officer who was allegedly bitten by a French tourist. Picture: WA Police Union
The West Australian Health Department is investigating how a French woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer was released from a psychiatric unit to her family rather than police custody.

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Sunday Court Sittings Clear Perth Police Lockups On Weekends

Police are playing “babysitter” less often, with a first-year snapshot of Sunday court sessions revealing nearly 1500 people were cleared from jamming police lockups on weekends.

Attorney-General Michael Mischin has hailed Sunday court sittings a success by speeding up the justice process and freeing police officers to spend more time on the beat rather than minding offenders.

The analysis indicates the bulk of offenders before a Sunday magistrate are men aged over 30 on charges mostly involving stealing, burglary and disorderly offences as well as breaches of violence restraining and police orders.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

Covert Hoon Cameras To Be Rolled Out Across Perth

Police Minister Liza Harvey and Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan announced on Tuesday that six hoon offences had been captured on the new cameras, which are “almost impossible to spot” in the first two weeks of the trial.

The covert program will now be expanded to purchase a total of 24 cameras over the next three years to be placed around the metropolitan area.

The trial has now finished and the cameras will be used as another permanent police tool to catch hoons.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

WA Police Search Midland House, Seize Drugs, Fireworks, Weapons; Officer Assaulted

Police have seized methylamphetamine, fireworks, a knuckle-duster and flick knife, pepper spray, cannabis, cash and drug paraphernalia from a home in Midland.

WA Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said officers searched the Dudley Street house about 1pm on Tuesday following a Midland Detectives investigation into crimes in the central metropolitan district.

Read more in the Brisbane Times.

Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Mental Health: AMA Criticises WA Budget’s Health Funding, Warns WA Becoming ‘Suicide State’

Minimal increases in health funding in the state budget are criticised with the AMA warning WA is becoming the suicide state.

Dr Gannon said most other states were seeing a decrease in suicide rates, unlike Western Australia. “WA has one of the highest rates of suicide in Australia,” he said. “We are unfortunately becoming the suicide state.”

Source: www.abc.net.au