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Gladstone woman who helped husband rape girl could be freed

NEARING the end of a 14-year prison sentence for helping her husband abduct and rape a 10-year old girl in Gladstone, the Attorney-General has filed an application to block the release of Jan-Maree Farrenkothen into the community.

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In August 2002 Farrenkothen (who now goes by her maiden name of Dunlop) and then-husband Jurgen "Terry" Farrenkothen lured a girl, who had been at their house playing with their son, upstairs where she was handcuffed, gagged and raped by her husband.

Farrenkothen, who now goes by her maiden name, Dunlop. Source: The Courier Mail.
Farrenkothen, who now goes by her maiden name, Dunlop. Source: The Courier Mail. The Courier Mail

The Attorney-General's application to keep the 55-year old Dunlop behind bars will see her undergo psychiatric examinations and, if the Brisbane Supreme Court deems it necessary, "be detained in custody for an indefinite term for care, control or treatment".

The application also seeks to ensure there are strict conditions to Dunlop's freedom if she is released from Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre where she is a protected prisoner.

In 2002 Farrenkothen and Dunlop pleaded guilty to a number of sexual offences committed on the 10-year old girl and were sentenced at the Gladstone District Court to 14 and 10-years jail.

On appeal in 2003 at the Brisbane Supreme Court the pair's sentences were extended to 17 and 14 years jail, with Judge CJ de Jersey describing their offences as "callous" and "depraved".

In court documents freely available to the public, the extent of Dunlop's depravity is laid bare, revealing her as one of the state's most notorious female sex offenders.

It is understood the victim had been over at the Farrenkothen's house playing with their 11-year old son in the backyard when she was lured upstairs by Dunlop to play computer games.

"[Farrenkothen] then locked the door, got out handcuffs, and applied them to her wrists, tied her feet with rope, and wrapped her in a sleeping bag," courts documents stated.

Farrenkothen threatened to break the girl's neck after she complained the handcuffs were on too tight and forced the girl to perform oral sex on him.

The girl was then given a drug called Mersyndol which was meant to relax her before Farrenkothen tried to have sex with her.

Dunlop held the victim down and gagged her with a pillow while Farrenkothen raped her.

At 6pm the victim's mother, who lived only 200 metres away, started looking for her daughter.

The mother spoke to Dunlop who lied and said her daughter had left the house at 4.15pm.

At that time, as Dunlop knew, the girl was handcuffed and gagged upstairs.

Throughout the night police arrived at the house at 7.50pm, 9.15pm and 11pm.

"At 9.15 p.m., the police returned to the respondents' house. After some delay, the female respondent emerged, claiming the police had interrupted sexual activity between the respondents. The male respondent appeared, dressed in a towel, with an upset and aggressive demeanour," court documents reveal.

It wasn't until 11pm when police were searching the backyard the victim was spotted in the upstairs bathroom window, calling out: "Police, come up here."

Caught out, the Farrenkothen's lied again and tried to blame their son however the 10-year old victim made an immediate complaint of rape and the pair were taken into custody where Dunlop has remained.

As for the matter of whether Dunlop will remain locked up, her fate will be determined in April. 

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