Douglas Brian Jackway.
Douglas Brian Jackway.

Psychopathic and sadistic rapist denied freedom

A PSYCHOPATHIC and sadistic child rapist will remain behind bars for at least another year after his latest bid for freedom was rejected.

Douglas Brian Jackway, 38, told the Brisbane Supreme Court, during his annual periodic review on Monday, he wanted to be given a fair go like that afforded other prisoners who had been released into the community on supervision orders.

Jackway, who has spent much of the past two decades behind bars, is only one of a handful of prisoners in the state who has been detained indefinitely under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

He completed serving his prison sentences in 2012 for the brutal rape of a boy in Gladstone and a girl on the Sunshine Coast in two separate incidents during the 1990s.

Jackway, who was living in Ipswich when he became a person of interest in Daniel Morcombe's disappearance, told the court he had been subjected to threats, attacks and taunts inside prison since he testified at Brett Peter Cowan's trial last year.

He said his rehabilitation inside prison had also suffered since he was linked to the high-profile murder case, but admitted his behaviour in the lead up to his periodic review was not exemplary.

"I have done some things in prison that have been bad but things will be different in the community," he said.

"I understand I have played up in jail but not everyone is perfect.

"I have had my jaw broken, nose broken and been bashed over this whole Daniel Morcombe thing . . . it has been hard."

Douglas Brian Jackway. Photo: Channel 7 FILE
Douglas Brian Jackway. Photo: Channel 7 FILE Channel Seven's Sunday Night


Jackway, who is currently housed in the high-protection unit at Wolston Correctional Centre, further claimed that if he was released into the community he would not have to deal with the threats and taunts surrounding being wrongly linked to the Daniel Morcombe murder.

But psychiatrist Dr Donald Grant dismissed that claim telling the court it could actually be harder for Jackway to deal with that in the community, especially if he was recognised.

He also said there would be other significant things for Jackway to deal with upon his eventual release and he did not believe he had the skills currently to cope with those.

"I think his claim that if he was in the community he could remove himself easier from the Daniel Morcombe link is wishful thinking," he said.

"His transition from prison to the community will always be a huge challenge for him.

"Time and especially things like technology have left him behind.

"I believe he is going to find it extremely difficult."

Dr Grant said Jackway's risk of reoffending or committing another sex crime if released would be further enhanced if alcohol or drugs were added to the mix.

But he was forced to admit that Jackway had been clean from drugs for at least a decade and that he had not committed any sex offence, including while inside prison, since his arrest two decades ago.

Psychiatrist Dr Michael Beech also told the court he did not believe Jackway was suitable for release into the community because his behavioural problems predated the Morcombe trial last year.

He said Jackway could return to sexual offending if he was in an angry state and drugs or alcohol were added to the mix.

But Dr Beech was also forced to admit there was no evidence to base that assertion given Jackway had been in custody for the best part of two decades.

He was also forced to admit he was aware Jackway had not failed any random drug screening tests inside prison for at least a decade even though narcotics were readily available.

Both psychiatrists said their options might change if Jackway completed a pathways program in jail which would allow him to better understand what to expect if he was released.

Justice Debra Mullins agreed that Jackway needed to complete the pathways program before being released but praised his cooperation and attitude towards the review process.

She said it had been more than three years since Jackway had completed all his court imposed sentences in full but she was not satisfied he was at a level where she could release him into the community on a strict supervision order.

Jackway can apply to be released again early next year.