Courts have the power to appoint more psychiatrists before dangerous sex offenders are released.
Courts have the power to appoint more psychiatrists before dangerous sex offenders are released.

More shrinks to review rapist who has hepatitis C

A JUDGE says more psychiatrists need to assess a violent Rockhampton rapist before any possible release.

Michael Shane Kemp was jailed in 2008 for 10 years after raping a 16-year-old girl. He was aware he had hepatitis C at the time.

In Queensland, jailed sex offenders like Kemp can be put on supervision orders, released on parole with supervision, or given continued detention.

At a Brisbane Supreme Court review on Tuesday, Justice Sue Brown said the main issue for Kemp's case was whether more psychiatrists needed to get involved.

In deciding whether a prisoner was still "a serious danger” to the community, courts must take into account information such as psychiatrists' reports.

Justice Brown said she reviewed submissions from a medical expert and from the Attorney-General.

Justice Brown said for now, she was satisfied Kemp was still "a serious danger to the community”.

She said two further psychiatrists should be appointed.

In 2008, a Rockhampton District Court jury found Kemp guilty on two counts of rape and one of performing an indecent act in public.

Six years earlier he dragged the girl from a car by the throat, threw her to the ground, raped her and then said: "You are lucky - do you know what I could have done to you?”

The following December, Kemp, aged 40 at the time, was ordered to pay $48,000 compensation to the teenager

-NewsRegional


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