Sex offender Stuart William Armstrong released from jail under strict supervision
A serial sexual offender with a history of attacking women dating back 21 years will be released from jail under a strict supervision order
after being examined by three psychiatrists.
Stuart William Armstrong, now 40, was the centre of a major political storm when he attacked a north Queensland woman six years ago.
The woman later complained about the response to her frantic 000 calls as Armstrong attacked her and the trial judge
commented she might have been better "with an Indian call centre".
The state Opposition took up the case and attacked the Government over response times to 000 calls.
After a District Court trial in Townsville, Armstrong was convicted of assault with intent to rape near Ayr on March 16, 2005.
The trial was told a woman, 24, was taken to hospital with an asthma attack and after treatment arranged to be picked up
by a friend at a nearby bridge. As she walked to the bridge, Armstrong pushed her into a park and assaulted her.
The woman made a frantic call to 000 and much of the attack was recorded as Armstrong straddled her and made sexual
threats. Police arrived and detained Armstrong.
Armstrong was jailed for eight years but the Court of Appeal later reduced it to six years because the court
found the original sentence was excessive when compared to similar cases.
It meant Armstrong is eligible for release this month and last year a Supreme Court Justice ordered psychiatrists
examine Armstrong to see whether he should be detained indefinitely or released under supervision.
The matter then came before Acting Supreme Court Justice Julie Dick who found, after taking the psychiatric
evidence into account, that Armstrong should be released under supervision for a period of five years.
The court was told Armstrong had a long history of sexual violence and predatory behaviour towards women.
In 1988, Armstrong was jailed for 4-1/2 years for raping a woman three times in her Townsville flat - he had a
previous relationship with the woman when they were teenagers.
Soon after his release in 1991, he threw a woman over an embankment, ripped off her dress and attempted to
rape her but was caught by passers-by.
He was jailed for three years but on his release threatened a woman with a knife in a Brisbane shopping centre
car park and tried to hijack her car. He was again detained by members of the public and was jailed for five years.
In 2000, in Ayr, he assaulted a woman who had gone to a unit to visit her boyfriend but found only Armstrong there.
This time he was jailed for three years and on his release committed his latest attack.
Justice Dick noted that the pyschiatrists believed Armstrong had matured, was taking his
correct medication and would continue to abstain from alcohol and drugs.
She agreed to release him on a supervision order which was very strict and severe.
The Courier-Mail (17-3-2011)