Douglas Brian Jackway in 2003. He's spent most of his adult life in jail.
Douglas Brian Jackway in 2003. He's spent most of his adult life in jail. Supplied

Positive drug test for child sex attacker Jackway

A JAILED child rapist who six weeks ago was said to be making progress has tested positive for drugs and is likely to stay locked up.

Douglas Brian Jackway, 41, has been in jail most of his adult life.

He raped two children including a Gladstone boy in the 1990s.

Later, he was a suspect in the murder of Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe before police shifted attention to killer Brett Peter Cowan.

On Friday, Brisbane Supreme Court heard Jackway had tested positive for the opioid buprenorphine in recent weeks.

In light of that, Jackway was not likely to oppose another continued detention order, the court heard.

Jackway's barrister told the court his client was taking a "pragmatic approach”.

In Queensland, jailed sex offenders such as Jackway who are due to be released can be placed on supervision orders, released on parole with supervision, or given continued detention.

But any continued detention order must be reviewed within a year.

The positive test result came after a psychiatrist in April said Jackway had not taken booze or drugs for 19 months.

On April 16, psychiatrist Dr Andrew Aboud said Jackway would not identify as a pedophile but when stripped of behavioural control might see "any random child as a victim or receptacle of his anger”.

The court heard drug or alcohol abuse might remove such controls.

Dr Aboud equated the situation with "a timebomb that just takes a potential victim to cross him for it go off”.

Another psychiatrist, Dr Donald Archibald Grant, said Jackway's main diagnosis was of anti-social personality disorder.

Justice Graeme Crow said he expected to make his decision about Jackway on Tuesday.

Buprenorphine can be used as a treatment for addiction to opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, or methadone, but can also be used as a painkiller. -NewsRegional