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Dangerous sex offender released under strict supervision order

Patrick Alfred Dennis Comeagain walks out of Casuarina jail.

A dangerous sex offender who has spent most of his adult life behind bars has had his release approved by a Supreme Court judge in Perth.
Patrick Alfred Dennis Comeagain, 41, has a criminal history that included offences against a nine-year-old girl in 1994 and the sexual assault of two women, whose homes he broke into in 1999.
The offences against the young girl were committed less than seven months after he was granted parole from a previous offence.
The crimes against the two women happened 34 days after he was next released.
Comeagain has been in jail since 1999 and in 2008 was declared a "dangerous sex offender" under WA's tough sex offender laws.
Prosecutors wanted him kept behind bars and he has had his application for release rejected by the Supreme Court on four previous occasions.
Previous court hearings have been told that in the past Comeagain had tested positive for drug use in prison.
Last year Comeagain indicated he was going to take part in an intensive sex offender treatment program, to try to lower his risk of committing further sexual offences.
After an extensive hearing earlier this year, Justice Ralph Simmonds has ruled Comeagain can be released on a 10-year strict supervision order.
He has to abide by 43 conditions, including that he not possess or use any prohibited drug or alcohol, abide by a curfew, be subject to electronic monitoring and have no contact with anyone under 16 unless approved by those supervising him.
Comeagain also has to have consultations with a psychiatrist and a psychologist.
The supervision order was finalised in the Supreme Court where Comeagain appeared via video link from Casuarina Prison.
Justice Simmonds told Comeagain: "The court wishes you well under this order and expects you will take full advantage of what it offers".
Comegain replied: "I appreciate that. It has been a long time coming and I will grab this opportunity. Me and my partner have been looking forward to our next life".
WA Police Minister Liza Harvey said she felt for Comeagain's victims.
"I can only imagine their horror on seeing this person released. I share it," she said.
"But we will manage him as effectively as we can and it has been a decision by the court, it has been opposed by the Government".


www.abc.net.au (26-6-2014)
Joanna Menagh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-26/dangerous-sex-offender-to-be-released/5552516


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Dangerous WA sex offender Patrick Comeagain to be released by Supreme Court judge despite high risk of reoffending

Police minister Liza Harvey ‘does not agree’ with a Supreme Court decision to release a dangerous WA sex offender who was jailed for sexually assaulting two women and a nine-year-old girl.
Patrick Alfred Dennis Comeagain, 41, who has spent most of his adult life behind bars, has been released from prison after a WA Supreme Court judge approved his application.
In his decision, Justice Ralph Simmonds said while there was “still scope” that Comeagain would reoffend he was satisfied the community would be “adequately protected” by the conditions he would have to abide by.
However, Police Minister Liza Harvey said today she did not agree with the decision of the court and would prefer Mr Comeagain remained behind bars.
“I don’t agree with the decision. My view and I know the view of the community out there is very much in favour of the victims of this offender,” she said.
“I think the safest place for him is behind bars.
“We are very interested in supporting the victims.
“I can only imagine their horror at seeing this person released. I share it. But we will manage him as effectively as we can.”
Ms Harvey said WA Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions had opposed the man’s release.
“History shows us that he is a very difficult person to manage but we’ve got our Department of Corrective Services officers and our sex offender management squad who will do their utmost to manage this person,” she said.
“He will have GPS tracking so will have an ankle bracelet so they can keep track of his whereabouts and he will be shortly placed on the sex offender register so people living within his vicinity (will see) his face come up at a Tier 2 search on that community protection website.
“If he is located in the vicinity of your address, his face will come up, you can have a look at the features of anybody who comes on that site, familiarise yourself with their appearance, familiarise your children with their appearance and just be aware that if you see a person matching that appearance you need to steer well clear of them.”
Comeagain was jailed in 1999 for a sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl as well as two women, whose homes he broke into in 1999.
The offences against the young girl were committed less than seven months after he was granted parole from a previous offence.
The crimes against the two women happened 34 days after he was next released.
He was declared a “dangerous sex offender” under WA’s tough sex offender laws in 2008 and had his previous request for release denied four times. The last was because of drug use.
WA’s director of Public Prosecutions did oppose his release saying the 41-year-old had tested positive for drug use a month after finishing a sex offender rehabilitation program in prison.
But this was denied by Comeagain’s lawyer.
Justice Simmonds has placed Comeagain on a 10-year strict supervision order in which he has to abide by 43 conditions which included; not possessing or using any prohibited drug or alcohol, abide by a curfew, be subject to electronic monitoring and have no contact with anyone under 16 unless approved by those supervising him.
He also has to have consultations with a psychiatrist and a psychologist.


www.news.com.au (26-6-2014)
http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/dangerous-wa-sex-offender-patrick-comeagain-to-be-released-by-supreme-court-judge-despite-high-risk-of-reoffending/story-fnii5thn-1226967937187






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