Serial sex offender a 'psychopath'
A SERIAL sex offender serving four indefinite jail terms for sex attacks in Brisbane and Mackay has been labelled a psychopath with "100% probability" of reoffending.
Raymond Henry Garland, 42, is considered one of Australia's most dangerous sexual predators, beginning his offending at age 14 and spending most of his life behind bars since.
Psychiatrist Joan Lawrence told Brisbane District Court on Monday that she had performed psychiatrist tests on Garland while he was at Woodford Correctional Centre which led her to believe he was a psychopath.
She used that - together with Garland's history, earlier psychiatrist assessments and conduct in prison - to form an opinion he was "highly likely to re-offend" if released from prison.
Ms Lawrence said a psychopath lacked empathy and remorse, and usually displayed callousness and no evidence of being able to achieve a lasting relationship with other people.
Garland raped and sodomised a 14-year-old girl in 1985, sodomised two teenage boys, aged 14 and 15, in 1987 and held a group of people hostage in South Mackay in 1997.
He raped a five-months pregnant woman and sodomised a 16-year-old boy during the nine-hour siege.
Garland is unlikely to ever be released but the court must periodically review indefinite sentences.
Ms Lawrence said she was worried about Garland's propensity towards violent sexual activity was "of real concern" for potential male and female victims.
"I think that's a highly likely possibility or probability if released," she said.
"I believe these tendencies are still there."
Ms Lawrence noted there had been allegations, not backed by formal complaints, of "coercive sex" with six to eight victims while he was in prison in the 1990s.
Garland has since spent much of his time in solitary confinement, isolated from other inmates.
Barrister Nelson Cooke, acting for Garland who sat straight-backed in the prisoner's dock throughout the hearing, challenged Ms Lawrence's report, arguing she had spent just 10 minutes with his client.
Ms Lawrence said she had spent more than 10 minutes but Garland had cut the interview short for a reason she did not believe held sway.
She said Garland had become trained in crafting answers he believed authorities would want to hear and the time she spent with him was enough to form an assessment.
Dr Lawrence said psychopathic personality types did not suit sex-offender group programs and his involvement did not stop "horrific behaviours".
The hearing is set down for four days.