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Dangerous WA sex offender Edward William Latimer released from prison

The first dangerous sex offender to be indefinitely jailed under a West Australian law has been released from prison under a strict five-year supervision order.
Edward William Latimer, who has a history of aggravated sexual penetration without consent and wilful exposure, was the first person dealt with under WA’s 2006 Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act.
The release comes a week after dangerous WA sex offender Patrick Comeagain was released by a Supreme Court judge, despite his high risk of reoffending.
Latimer, who was jailed in 2005, learned after his seventh annual review today that he would be released into the community.
While a WA Supreme Court judge noted in 2011 that there had been a regression in Latimer’s planned program of socialisation, Justice Lindy Jenkins said he had made steady, positive progress over the past three years in his engagement with counselling and a treatment program.
Consultant forensic psychiatrist Peter Wynn Owen reported to Justice Jenkins that Latimer had shown an improved attitude towards other people — particularly those in authority — and towards his release plan, and had adjusted to the less structured environment of the minimum-security Karnet Prison Farm.
“Dr Wynn Owen is of the opinion that Mr Latimer’s risk of serious sexual offending remains high but that there is an apparent, although not quantifiable, reduction in that risk because of the changes he has noted,” Justice Jenkins said.
“While acknowledging Mr Latimer’s risk of serious sexual offending, in my view, so much has changed in Mr Latimer’s life since he was sentenced in 2005 that it can now be said that the community can be adequately protected from that risk if I rescind the continuing detention order and make a strict supervision order.”
Former Attorney-General Jim McGinty, who designed the original laws to keep dangerous sex offenders behind bars, told Seven News
“These are the sort of people who should never have been released, in my view,” he said.
“I think it’s now, unfortauntely, only a question of time before we have one of these offenders released into the community committing a violent, sexual offence.
“It’s inevitable now with so many of them out in the community.”
Conditions of Latimer’s release include reporting to and receive visits from a community corrections officer, not leaving the state without permission, abiding by a curfew and wearing electronic monitoring technology.


www.perthnow.com.au (1-7-2014)
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/dangerous-wa-sex-offender-edward-william-latimer-released-from-prison/story-fnhocxo3-1226972537522


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WA sex offender denied release again

The first dangerous sex offender to be indefinitely jailed under a West Australian law has been denied release from prison for the sixth time.
Edward William Latimer, who has a history of aggravated sexual penetration without consent and wilful exposure convictions, appeared in the WA Supreme Court on Monday where a psychiatrist and psychologist gave evidence about progress he had made in the past year since his last review.
The court heard that Latimer, who was the first person dealt with under the 2006 Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act, remained a serious danger to society despite making some progress.
Psychiatrist Peter Wynn Owen told the court Latimer had participated in the sex offender denier program and had recently started to make "realistic comments" and "insightful statements" about his situation, and the difficulties he faced if he were to be released.
Dr Wynn Owen said Latimer had "definitely made gains" by showing a degree of self-awareness in the past year that he had not demonstrated before.
Latimer, who was jailed in 2005, was also learning techniques for self-management but would need regular social mentoring if released, the court heard.
Psychologist Ryan Bell said Latimer was also trying to apply empathy to situations to curb his anger.
Justice Stephen Hall noted Latimer had a history of "slow progress" and some setbacks over the years.
The court heard it was hoped that Disability Services could provide some funding to help Latimer assimilate back into society.
However, Justice Hall noted that even if the funding was granted, finding accommodation was always going to be difficult for a sex offender.
He told Latimer he was pleased with the progress he had made in the past year.
"But you've got a long way to go," he said.
Latimer's case will be reviewed again in a year.


www.watoday.com.au (10-6-2013)
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa-sex-offender-denied-release-again-20130610-2nzp7.html




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Sex offender faces indefinite sentence

A serious sex offender is to be kept behind bars indefinitely, the first such case under new Western Australian laws.
Supreme Court Justice Michael Murray has ruled that 48-year-old Edward William Latimer is a serious danger to the community, and he will be kept in prison beyond his sentence.
Latimer has numerous convictions, including aggravated sexual penetration and attempted rape.
Psychiatric reports tendered to the Supreme Court stated he presented a high risk of committing a serious sexual offence if released.
Attorney-General Jim McGinty has told State Parliament it is the first order of its type to be handed down under the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act.


www.abc.net.au (31-10-2006)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-10-31/sex-offender-faces-indefinite-sentence/1299032







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