Supervised jail release for rapist
A RAPIST who attacked two Gladstone women, one in a toilet block and another in her own home, in the 1980s has been granted supervised jail release.
Justice Martin Daubney found Philip Arthur Gilchrist, 51, still presented "a serious danger to the community" and the risk of reoffending was high.
But he said the now wheelchair-bound prisoner needed a "strict supervision order" to enable ongoing treatment with a view to rehabilitation.
Gilchrist raped a woman in a Gladstone toilet block in 1985 and then entered a young woman's flat in 1986, placed a knife to her throat, forced her to perform oral sex on him and then raped her.
He was sentenced to seven years jail but after committing more sexual offences in 1997 - after scaling a drainpipe and entering a bathroom window on a third floor - he was sentenced to 13 years.
Gilchrist injured his back and leg when he fell trying to exit the home and now has a prosthetic device on his foot.
He was due to be released in 2010 but he was then given an indefinite jail sentence under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
Queensland's Attorney-General sought to have the order continued at the first review of that sentence in Brisbane Supreme Court.
One psychiatrist, who examined Gilchrist this year, told the court he believed the prisoner's "future risk of sexual reoffence is high".
The doctor said the risk was reduced by his physical incapacity but a strict supervision order could decrease the "risk of recidivism in the community".
Gilchrist, a self-labelled born-again Christian, was concerned about "bad things that could happen to you on the outside" and in some ways felt safer in prison.
Justice Daubney said a sexual offending program co-ordinator found Gilchrist blamed his past as a victim for his behaviour, saying "he used to think that he could force himself on others because it had happened to him".
"When asked what he had learned about his offending, (Gilchrist said) he had learned that it was wrong and when asked why it was wrong, he demurred before eventually stating that it was against the consent of his victim," he said.
Gilchrist attended special school throughout his schooling and was institutionalised in a psychiatric hospital in Tasmania for four to six years as a teenager, before moving to Gladstone with his family in 1981.
Gilchrist claims staff and other patients physically and sexually abused him at the facility.
Justice Daubney ordered the supervision order - including conditions relating to computer, mobile phone and drug use - stay in place for 10 years.