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Expert views differ for Emerald sex offender case

EXPERTS have disagreed on whether an Emerald sex offender is safe to be released from jail on supervision orders, a court heard.

Psychiatrists have prepared reports analysing whether Emerald sex offender Shane Charles Waghorn, who once abducted a 10-year-old girl from a street in Emerald, is suitable to be released from jail on strict conditions.

Under dangerous prisoner laws, the Attorney-General can impose strict conditions on dangerous offenders or apply to the Supreme Court to extend their detention.

On Friday this application against Waghorn was briefly mentioned at Brisbane Supreme Court.

The court heard psychiatrists had differing views about Waghorn.

"I see there the psychiatrists don't seem to be actually on the same page when it comes to what should happen to Mr Waghorn," Justice Debra Mullins said after looking at their reports.

But the court heard the psychiatrists had now reached an agreement.

The court also heard Waghorn was willing to be placed on a strict supervision order if released from jail.

A hearing is scheduled for November 2 when psychiatrists will give evidence in court and be cross-examined.

Topics:  court crime emerald sex offender


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