Serial Rapist 'Will Offend Again', Court Told
A SERIAL rapist due to be freed in less than six months is likely to strike again, a psychologist
has warned the Supreme Court.
The State Government has stepped in to try to keep
Harold James Carpenter,
60, in jail indefinitely
under the controversial Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
Carpenter was convicted of raping three women, found not guilty of a fourth sex attack and charged for
another "where the charges appear to have lapsed", according to documents filed in the Supreme Court.
Despite spending more than half of his life behind bars, Carpenter has not completed a sexual offenders
rehabilitation program. He received a doctor's certificate in 2006 which stated he could not take part
in a rehab course because it would be held in air-conditioned rooms that would exacerbate his emphysema.
Before that he said he would have trouble controlling himself in the same room as pedophiles.
In an affidavit filed to the Supreme Court last month, psychologist Scott Harden said Carpenter could be
a danger if released.
"In my opinion, Mr Carpenter is a high risk of reoffending if released into the community," Dr Harden wrote.
He said although the rapist suffered emphysema, was engaged to a woman on the outskirts of Brisbane, and
was mostly a model prisoner, he was still highly likely to attack again.
Dr Harden said Carpenter – a follower of the Baha'i faith – had previously reoffended despite his religious
nature. The availability of alcohol outside jail was also a problem as Carpenter, an alcoholic, had drunk
before each convicted rape, he said.
Carpenter was last jailed in 1989, for 20 years, after punching and then raping a 19-year-old woman he had
offered a lift in Townsville.
In his sentencing remarks in 1989, Justice Dowsett told Carpenter: "Your record is a very bad one: two previous
cases of rape, including one for which you were imprisoned for 10 years.
"I am unable to deal with this offence on any basis other than that it is a very serious one. Substantial
violence was offered to the victim."
Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine lodged an application with the Supreme Court this week to keep Carpenter
behind bars indefinitely, or alternatively be released on conditions, under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
It is the sixth application Mr Shine has made this year in an attempt to keep a dangerous sex offender either
behind bars or on intensive supervision orders.
Mr Shine has asked the Supreme Court to order Carpenter to undergo examinations by two
psychiatrists named by the court.
The Attorney-General's application will be heard on May 15
Courier Mail (2-5-2008)