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Brutal serial rapist Gary Turnbull jailed for 20 years in 2002 set to walk free

An infamous serial rapist initially handed a 20-year jail term for brutal attacks on four women more than a decade ago could be freed within a fortnight.
The Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday was told Gary Une Turnbull, 39, would seek to be released at a hearing to consider if he should be detained indefinitely under Queensland’s strict sexual offender laws on June 10.
Turnbull, then 27, was described during his 2002 District Court sentencing as a brutal sexual predator who had shattered the lives of each of his four victims during a spate of attacks between October 6, 1998, and June 15, 2001.
The sex monster was sentenced to 20-years jail and declared a serious violent offender -- meaning he had to serve at least 16 years in jail before being eligible for parole.
But Queensland’s highest court six months ago slashed seven years off the record term.
The Court of Appeal’s decision to reduce the term on the grounds the sentence imposed was “manifestly excessive’’ paved the way for Turnbull to seek immediate parole.
His lawyers on Friday asked Supreme Court judge Ann Lyons to set aside two days to hear arguments relating to an application from Queensland’s Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie that Turnbull be declared a dangerous prisoner.
If Mr Bleijie’s application is successful Turnbull could be detained indefinitely or released with strict supervision under the State’s Dangerous Prisoner (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
However, if the A-G’s application fails Turnbull could be released immediately.
Justice Lyons listed the hearing for June 10.
During Turnbull’s 2002 sentencing hearing, then Director of Public Prosecutions Leanne Clare said the violent, brutal sexual assaults had changed the lives of his victims.
Ms Clare, now a District Court judge, said: ‘’These were confident people, leading decent and productive lives who were going about their business when attacked from behind.’’
Turnbull was arrested within hours of attacking a woman at Moorooka railway station, on Brisbane’s southside, in October 1998.
He was given bail, but absconded to Victoria where he stayed for two years.
Ms Clare said he returned to Brisbane where over a five-month period he committed three more attacks on women.

www.news.com.au (30-5-2014)

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