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TV interview with WA rapist could breach parole conditions

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Aleisha Orr

Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis has questioned whether a television interview with a serial sex offender breaches the man’s parole conditions.

Mr Francis told Radio 6PR that the State Government had sought advice from the State Solicitors Office in regard to the interview with the convicted rapist, known only as "TJD", which aired on Channel Nine News on Tuesday.

One of a long list of conditions the man was released under was to not to have any direct or indirect contact with any of his victims.

Mr Francis said the interview made his “skin crawl”.

“What on earth was Channel Nine thinking when they decided it was appropriate to do and air that interview,” he said.

“We owe it to his 13 victims to ensure that all those conditions imposed by the supreme court is adhered to.”

After TJD was released from prison in March under a strict 10-year supervision order with 44 reporting conditions, WA Attorney General Michael Mischin ordered a complete review of the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act because he personally felt the man should not have been freed.

Mr Mischin reportedly believes the interview was legal but says the review will look at media interviews.

Channel Nine has been contacted for comment.

-With AAP



 

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