Noosa rapist who attacked bushwalker may be freed

THE Attorney-General's office is waiting on a psychiatrist's report to determine whether a convicted rapist who attacked a woman bushwalking in Noosa National Park in 2001 should be released from jail on strict orders or whether he should stay in jail.

Under dangerous prisoner laws the Attorney-General can apply to the Supreme Court to extend a prisoner's detention or allow them to be released on strict supervision.

Later this month psychiatrists will give evidence at a court hearing to determine whether Kym Spoehr, 63, should be released on supervision orders.

In 2003 Spoehr pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years jail after he held a Japanese woman overnight in his camp and repeatedly raped her.

The case was reviewed at Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday when the Attorney-General's legal team said it was waiting on a report from a psychiatrist before the case could proceed.

The court heard the report would help them determine their position on whether Spoehr should be allowed to be released or if he should be kept behind bars.

Psychiatrists who have prepared reports will also give evidence at the court hearing on November 30 at Brisbane. - APN NEWSDESK


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