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Name: ANDREW CLIVE ELLIS

Age: 28 yrs old (2011)

State: QLD

Sentence: Sentence to be updated - possible release date is now January 12-2012.

Offence/Other: Sexual assault - sexual assault with a circumstance of aggravation - wilful exposure.

Pic- Andrew Clive Ellis

'I'd rather go back to jail,' Ellis

Dangerous sex offender Andrew Clive Ellis, 28, told his defence lawyer he would rather go back to jail than abide by the conditions of a court-issued supervision order and GPS monitoring.
Ellis faced the Supreme Court in Brisbane yesterday afternoon for breaching his supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
He is alleged to have cut off his GPS tracker and fled the transitional accommodation area known as the Wacol Precinct at 12.49am on Tuesday, in breach of his 24-hour curfew.
Officers from the High Risk Offenders monitoring unit were alerted Ellis was interferring with his GPS tracking device.
He then was alleged to have committed offences such as attacking an off-duty police officer in Brisbane's south before he was captured in Acacia Ridge.
Ellis appeared in the Richlands Magistrates Court yesterday to face charges of deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, stealing and two of entering premises to commit an offence. He was remanded in custody until February 16.
However, under the the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003, Ellis also had to face the Supreme Court where lawyers for the Attorney-General, Paul Lucas, began action against him for a breach of his supervision order.
Duty lawyer Greg Lee yesterday claimed Ellis had been frustrated by the conditions of his supervision order and by GPS monitoring, despite the fact his client had lived only at the Wacol Precinct since January 12.
"He was frustrated," he said. "He alleges that police there didn't treat him well."
Barrister Bruce Mumford, for Mr Lucas, told the Supreme Court an accomplice could have been involved, which showed Ellis' escape was premeditated.
Ellis had been filmed on CCTV getting into a car outside the supervised housing area at Wacol, the court heard.
Ellis disputed the claim, telling the court he had escaped on foot. "I ran through the bush for about 30km."
Justice Martin Daubney said it did not matter if Ellis left in a car or on foot. He was bound by the Act to return him to custody unless Ellis could show it was unjust to do so. No submissions were made on Ellis's behalf.
Justice Daubney returned Ellis to custody until the breach application could be decided.


The Courier-Mail (2-2-2012)
Mark Oberhardt/ Brooke Baskin
http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/id-rather-go-back-to-jail-ellis/story-fn6ck45n-1226260040779

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Sex predator escapes, but police have better things to tell the public

Convicted sex offender Andrew Clive Ellis was on the loose through Brisbane's streets for 16 hours on Tuesday after escaping transitional housing at Wacol.
It took Queensland Police more than 14 hours to notify the public of Ellis's escape, yet they still had the time to use their Twitter account to publicise the Police Band's recent performance at Australia Zoo and the style of motorcycles they rode 40 years ago.
When the QPS did finally alert the public that a potentially dangerous sex offender was roaming loose, the story had already been on couriermail.com.au for five hours and had been read by thousands of people.
Queensland Corrective Services first informed the public of Ellis's escape at 9.30am - after being contacted by The Courier-Mail.
Police Minister Neil Roberts denied there was any directive to delay the public alert because of the potential embarrassment.
"I refute, in the strongest possible way, any claim that the Government sought to delay the release of information about offender Andrew Ellis. This claim is absolute rubbish," he said.
But he washed his hands of the lengthy delay.
"It's not a matter for a politician to decide when information goes out. That's a matter for police in consultation with corrective services," he said.
Corrective Services Commissioner Marlene Morison said her department did not put out warnings to the community.
“We consult with police in terms of providing information around risk and around the specifics of an individual that’s held within that contingency housing.”
A Corrective Services spokesman said he contacted the head of Queensland Police Media to ask if they would be issuing an alert about Ellis. "I was told it was `not on their agenda'," he said.
In an email to staff sent just before 4pm Wednesday, Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson acknowledged couriermail.com.au was first to publish the story but said it was the responsibility of Queensland Corrective Services earlier on. (Scroll down to read the email in full)

The Ellis escape timeline and why police don't get the message.
12.35am
Ellis uses a knife to hack off the $3000 GPS tracker strapped to his ankle.

12.49am
Ellis is caught on CCTV footage getting into a car outside the supervised housing area at Wacol.

5am
Ellis steals a cooler bag full of meat and groceries, which had been delivered to a home near Seventeen Mile Rocks.

6.10am
QPS media tweet:
WHOA. Reports of horses on Middle Rd near Coronation Rd, Baronia Heights. Drive carefully #bnetraffic

6.30am
Ellis grabs an off-duty policewoman and assaults her at the Barklya Road parklands.

6.32am
Ellis flees towards Oldfield Rd.

After 7am
Ellis walks to the Darra Railway Station off Manburgh Tce and catches a bus to Inala Plaza.

9.44am
QPS media tweet: QPS' Band of Blue performed recently in the Croco- seum, Australia Zoo.

10.20am
Couriermail.com.au re-leads the website with storu of Ellis's escape. With a mugshot.

11.41am
QPS media tweet: In this week's From the Vault, read about which motorcycles the Road Safety Bureau got excited about in 1972

11.53am
QPS media tweet: Refurbished Burleigh Heads Police Complex Opens

Between Noon- 3pm
Ellis steals a 15-pack of VB from a nearby bottle shop and sits drinking at a park on Watson Rd at Acacia Ridge.

2.35pm
QPS media tweet: Opening of the Beenleigh Police Communications Centre

About 3pm
Police believe Ellis was trying to reach his family at Acacia Ridge when he was recognised by two patrolling detectives on Watson Rd, nearby to the suburb's main police station.

3.16pm
QPS media tweet: Public safety warning and appeal for assistance (document shown above)

3.19pm
QPS media tweet: Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart will address the media at Police HQ, 200 Roma St @ 4pm re: Ellis matter

3.45pm
QPS media retweets a message from Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart: We need the community to help us find person of interest Andrew Ellis. Check out the QPSmedia tweet for photo and detail! @QPSmedia

4.06pm QPS media tweet: Media conference on public safety warning and appeal starting now

5pm QPS media tweets: Police have located the man who escaped from Wacol earlier this morning

Ellis spent the night in a padded cell at the Richlands Watch House, before facing court at 8am Wednesday.

Bob Atkinson's email to police:
From: COMMISSIONER
Sent: Wednesday, 1 February 2012 3:58 PM
To: QPS ALL POLICE OFFICERS; QPS ALL STAFF MEMBERS

Subject: Apprehension of Andrew Clive Ellis


I extend my thanks and appreciation to all involved in the search and apprehension of Andrew Clive Ellis yesterday.
In all aspects a very good response and fine police work.
Most importantly was the timely removal of the potential further risk to the safety of the public.
With reference to today’s media criticism the reality is that the Department of Corrective Services, as lead agency, put out a media release at 9:31am yesterday. The media were broadcasting this matter as a lead story throughout the day. I note that the Courier Mail first posted a story online about Ellis at about 10:15am, and updated that story a number of times during the day.
At that time, Ellis, was considered to have breached his supervision order.
That changed mid-afternoon, when we were able to identify Ellis as a suspect for the 6:30am assault, and thus a potential danger to the public. At this time, the Queensland Police Service assumed lead agency status in releasing public messaging.
Soon after that, I conducted a media conference at Beenleigh, and at 3:00pm, we put out a related Media release. This was followed up at 4:00pmwith a media conference at Police Headquarters for the media who did not attend the Beenleigh conference.
As you are probably aware, shortly after the press conference, Ellis was located and taken into custody without incident.
Again my thanks for a job well done.



The Courier-Mail (2-2-2012)
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/we-lead-and-the-police-follow/story-e6freoof-1226260474727

Failures set sex predator Andrew Clive Ellis free

Dangerous Sex Offender- Andrew Clive Ellis

THE state's ability to protect the community from serious sex predators has come under fire after a convicted pedophile yesterday hacked off his GPS tracker, escaped transitional housing and allegedly attacked a female jogger.
Police last night charged Andrew Clive Ellis with two counts of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence, as well as one count each of contravention of a relevant order, deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm and stealing.
Shackled, wearing prison browns and slouching in his chair, Ellis appeared in Richlands Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
A Supreme Court warrant means Ellis will be transferred to Brisbane this morning for a second court apearance.
The charges against him were adjourned to February 16 at 10am.
No application for bail was sought.
Premier Anna Bligh yesterday blamed the courts for the escape of Andrew Clive Ellis, but The Courier-Mail can identify at least six crucial failures that led to him running loose on Brisbane streets for 16 hours yesterday:
On October 25 last year, Supreme Court Justice Ann Lyons orders Ellis be released into the community;
After a Crown appeal, Justice Richard Chesterman releases Ellis to transitional housing at Wacol;
Ellis cuts through the "tamper-proof" GPS tracking device fitted to his ankle. The alarm on the device alerted Corrective Services of his escape, but the dog squad was not deployed until 11 minutes later;
Ellis walks free despite 24-hour curfew;
CCTV footage fails to capture his escape;
Police take 14 hours to alert public of Ellis posing a "real danger to public safety".
Despite a judge ruling Ellis's risk of reoffending was "too low to justify keeping him in jail", just five hours after his escape Ellis allegedly attacked an off-duty policewoman jogging through parklands at Seventeen Miles Rocks, 7km away.
Sexual assault campaigner Hetty Johnston said the fact Ellis was able to escape so easily and immediately reoffended proved the only place for repeat sex offenders was jail.
"He's exactly the sort of person who should never have been released in the first place. Already somebody has paid the price for the court's decision to release this guy," Ms Johnston said.
Ellis was recaptured late yesterday in the Logan suburb where his mother and sister lived.
Yesterday, Police Minister Neil Roberts was forced to admit the "tamper-proof" tracking devices could be removed.
A Corrective Services' spokesman said they would be "examining the circumstances surrounding the incident to see what needs to change or could be improved".
Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said Queensland Police would be "very interested in the outcome of any review" of the GPS trackers.
"That's a question that certainly will be looked into in relation to the security of the bracelets themselves," Mr Stewart said.
Ms Bligh, though, laid the blame for Ellis's escape squarely at the feet of the courts. "I'm very angry about this case," she said.
"The Queensland Government took every possible legal action to keep this person behind bars indefinitely. The courts decided to let him go and frankly it is the wrong decision."
Attorney-General Paul Lucas said a court order to release him under strict supervision was "clearly the wrong decision".
The order, by Supreme Court Judge Anne Lyons, was due to be appealed in a hearing set down for February 20, said Mr Lucas.
Another application to keep Ellis in jail until that date was refused by the Court of Appeal's Justice Richard Chesterman, who ruled supervision meant he would "not have the opportunity to offend against adolescent girls or young women".
Opposition police spokesman John-Paul Langbroek said the case "exposed Labor's lax sex offenders laws".


The Courier-Mail (1-2-2012)
Robyn Ironside
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/failures-set-predator-free/story-e6freoof-1226258879496







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