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Court releases 'borderline psychopath'
The Queensland Court of Appeal has ordered the release of a child-sex offender described as a "borderline psychopath".
A continuing detention order was made against 65-year-old
Raymond Yeo in 2006.
His criminal history has been described as having the hallmarks of homosexual paedophilia.
Yeo is described as a predator who feels no remorse, is opportunistic, impulsive, and someone who has devastated his young victims.
In 2007, Yeo was released on a supervision order.
The Attorney-General appealed against the decision but it was dismissed.
Yeo breached the order and was returned to custody.
Now, the Queensland Court of Appeal has ordered his release once again under another 10-year supervision order.
This is despite the court affirming Yeo is a serious danger to the community without such an order in place.
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Pedophile Raymond Yeo considered serious danger to community, but released under 31 conditions
A Queensland pedophile ruled by a court last year as being too dangerous to let back
into the community has been granted immediate release from jail.
The Court of Appeal in Brisbane this morning said it was satisfied Raymond Yeo, 66,
was a serious danger to the community, but ordered his immediate release from prison
under an order he comply with 31 strict conditions for a period of 10 years,
reported The Courier-Mail.
The Court, comprising president Justice Margaret McMurdo and Justices John Muir
and Margaret White, unanimously agreed Yeo be released under a supervision order despite
a lower court last year ruling he was too dangerous to release back into the community.
Justice McMurdo, in a 29-page written decision, said Yeo "foolishly and deliberately''
breached an earlier supervision order by ignoring a corrective service officer's direction
not attend a McDonald's, at Booval in Ipswich, for a prisoner support meeting.
"(Yeo's) punishment (for attending) was swift and severe. As a result, he had been
returned to custody for well over two years,'' she said.
"Although (Yeo's) insight may not be great, I accept the views of ... psychiatrists
that he now has at least some concept of the drastic consequences to him of breaching
a supervision order, even it the breach is relatively minor.''
Justice McMurdo said while judges where required to make a "value judgment'' about
dangerous sex offenders ''based on the evidence'', it was "impossible to eliminate
all risk of criminal offending, including offending against children.''
However, she said lawyers for Queensland's Attorney-General Paul Lucas had "not
persuaded her that the adequate protection of the community in this case cannot be
assured by the release of (Yeo) into the community under a carefully constructed
The conditions include he obey a curfew, not attend caravan parks or any premises
where children may be present.
Justices Muir and White agreed with Justice McMurdo's findings and recommendations
for Yeo's supervised release.
The decision comes after Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin, in September last year,
ordered Yeo be detained indefinitely under Queensland Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders)
Act 2003 saying no supervision order would be adequate to prevent Yeo from re-offending
against young boys.
The Courier-Mail at the time revealed Yeo had little insight into the fact he was a
dangerous pedophile and prone to look for "loopholes'' in court-imposed supervision
orders in a bid to get himself close to young children.
Yeo, who started sexually molesting children from the age of 13, has previously told
treating psychiatrists that he likened his desire to be near children as akin to a
child's love of ice-cream - meaning that if he keeps asking for what he wants he will
get it eventually.
Justice Martin said no supervision order would be adequate to prevent Yeo from
re-offending against young boys.
He said without any supervision it could be expected Yeo would re-offend within two years.
Eminent psychiatrists Michael Beech and Robert Moyle had testified Yeo remained a
high risk of reoffending and was unlikely to comply with conditions in any written
supervised release order.
Justice Martin's order came in the wake of the May 2008 decision by the Court of
Appeal allowing Yeo to remain in the community despite an application he be returned
to jail by the then A-G Kerry Shine.
The appeal came after Supreme Court Justice Anthe Philippides in April 2006 ruled Yeo
a danger to the community and ordered he be detained indefinitely.
However, Justice Debbie Mullins in October 2007 rescinded Yeo's detention order and
released him under a strict 10-year supervision order.
The release order banned Yeo from having contact with children aged under-16 and prohibited
him from leaving his home at times when children are travelling to and from school.
He was most recently convicted in 2001 for sexual offences against boys and served a full
five-year sentence, but was subjected to a continuing detention order in April 2006 after
he was deemed unfit for release.
Pedophile 'Danger To Community'
A serial pedophile should be returned to jail as he is in denial about his offending and has little chance
of rehabilitation, a court has been told.
Queensland's Attorney-General Kerry Shine today launched an appeal to have
Raymond Yeo put back in prison,
arguing he remains a danger to the community.
Yeo was released from jail in October last year under a strict 10-year supervision order imposed by
Queensland Supreme Court Justice Debbie Mullins.
The order bans contact with children under 16 and prohibits Yeo from leaving his home at times when
children are travelling to and from school.
Yeo, 62, has a long criminal history including carnal knowledge and indecent dealings with children
He was most recently convicted in 2001 for sexual offences against boys and served a full five-year
sentence and was then subject to a continuing detention order in April 2006 after he was deemed unfit for release.
Peter Davis SC, barrister for the Attorney-General, argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal that the
release order last year should be rescinded as Yeo still denied ever doing anything wrong.
This denial made it virtually impossible for him to benefit from any counselling or programs aimed at
"He's not getting better and won't get better because he won't address his offending behaviour," Mr Davis
said, citing psychiatric reports that labelled Yeo as a "borderline psychopath" who has "absolutely no insight into his offending".
Defence barrister Paul Smith argued Justice Mullins had been supplied with "ample evidence" to justify her
decision to hand down a supervision order last year.
Mr Smith said there was psychiatric and medical evidence to suggest his client had been making, and was
willing to make, progress with rehabilitation.
The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision.
Courier mail (23-4-2008)
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