Psychiatrists will decide fate of Emerald sex offender

PSYCHIATRISTS will assess whether an Emerald sex offender who abducted a girl off the street is safe to be in the community.

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

Brisbane Supreme Court has ordered psychiatrists to give evidence in person later this year to help a judge decide whether Shane Charles Waghorn needs strict conditions imposed on him under dangerous prisoner supervision orders.

Waghorn forced a 10-year-old girl from a street in Emerald into the boot of his car and took her into bushland and sexually assaulted her.

He was sentenced to seven years jail in 1992 at Rockhampton District Court but the Court of Appeal later increased this to 14 years.

Waghorn was denied release after his 2006 full-time release day and was released on a supervision order in 2012.

He breached some of these conditions and went back to prison and in 2013 a judge ordered he be released again.

Waghorn's case was briefly mentioned at Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

It was adjourned until November 2 when a full hearing with psychiatric evidence in Waghorn's case will be held. - APN NEWSDESK


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