Ipswich killer, rapist wants to be released from jail

TWO psychiatrists and a psychologist will give evidence at a court hearing later this month to help a judge determine whether a convicted Ipswich killer and rapist should stay in jail or if he could be released under strict conditions.

Under dangerous prisoner laws, the Attorney-General can impose strict conditions on dangerous offenders or apply to the Supreme Court to extend their detention.

The Attorney-General's case against Mark Richard Lawrence was briefly mentioned at Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

The court heard the Attorney-General's legal team believe Lawrence should stay in jail.

But Lawrence's legal team want the judge to consider releasing him on strict supervision conditions.

Lawrence has been behind bars for more than 30 years after he killed a fellow patient at the Wolston Park Hospital while he was an involuntary patient in 1983.

He also raped a fellow prisoner in October 1999.

A hearing will be held on November 16 when mental health experts will give evidence.

- APN NEWSDESK


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