Brett Wortman

Noosa rapist refuses to complete sex offender program

NOTORIOUS Noosa rapist Kym Spoehr says he deserves to be released from jail despite refusing to take part in sex offender treatment programs.

The 63-year-old was sent to prison in 2003 for 14 years after he pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a woman he held prisoner overnight in Noosa National Park in 2001.

The drifter fled the region shortly after he released the woman and was eventually found in the Coffs Harbour region.

He has served the full sentence but under Queensland's dangerous prisoner laws, the Attorney-General wants the Supreme Court to extend Spoehr's detention so he can complete a sex offender program or undergo intensive psychological therapy.

However, Spoehr appeared before the Supreme Court via videolink to put forward his case for release - under a strict supervision order - from the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

Supreme Court Justice Peter Flanagan is expected to hand down his decision in two week.

During Monday's hearing, psychiatrists Andrew Aboud, Scott Harden and Michael Beech told the court the prisoner could re-offend and that he refused to take full responsibility for the terrifying crime which was "ritualistic" in nature.

The court also heard Spoehr had admitted to "homicidal" thoughts regarding a former partner and a man who owed him money.

Dr Beech said Spoehr blamed the rape on a "non-existent" mental health problem and he refused to take part in prison-run sexual offender courses.

"I think it's true that in a sexual offender treatment program, if you were engaged in that, you would have an understanding because it would be a much more focused exploration of him and his offending and his thoughts as they are now," Dr Beech told the court.

Defence counsel Tim Ryan said while his client did not take part in prison programs he had engaged with psychiatrists.

Mr Ryan said Spoehr was not a repeat sexual offender and the limits of a supervision order would ensure he did not attack anyone else.

"The only previous instance which has any remote resemblance to a sexual offence is the offence committed when he was aged 24 in Western Australia where he exposed himself and was fined the sum of $300," Mr Ryan said.

"But that was 35 years ago.

"The court can be satisfied that the risk can be lowered to a low level within the framework of the supervision order, the protection of the community can be assured."

- APN NEWSDESK


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