Violent offender Richard Reay stays behind bars

DANGEROUS: An artist’s impression of Richard Reay, who will spend another year in jail despite the expiry of his sentence. HE’S one of Australia’s most dangerous offenders whose random unprovoked violence has caused havoc in NSW and Queensland while at liberty and in jail.
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As recently as September he fractured a fellow inmate’s jaw.

Windale’s Richard Reay will finally be released in December next year after a Supreme Court judge ruled that he should remain behind bars even though his most recent jail sentence expired in October.

Reay’s record is littered with assaults of varying ferocity including an unprovoked attack on a man with a baseball bat at Windale in 2003. He fled NSW and was later arrested and charged in Queensland with a number of violent offences.

His violence and disturbing behaviour in the Queensland prison system, such as drinking from his toilet bowl and masturbating persistently in front of others, resulted in him being segregated with no real human contact for three years, the court heard.

After being extradited to NSW in 2011 using a specialised prison van that was constructed to transport serial killer Ivan Milat, Reay, 40, was sentenced for the Windale attack, which expired on October6.

The state of NSW won an 11th-hour application in October to keep him behind bars under its high-risk offenders legislation after more evidence emerged of his behaviour in jail including attacking a dental nurse, prison guards and inmates.

Justice Richard Button recently ordered Reay to remain in jail until December 2015, at which time he will be released under an ‘‘extended supervision order’’ that will run until December 2017.

Under the order Reay will be electronically monitored and will not be allowed to enter the Newcastle or Lake Macquarie areas without the permission of a parole officer, but Justice Button remained concerned Reay may have nowhere to live when he is released.

The court heard that Reay is finally undergoing a one-year violent offenders’ program in jail ‘‘and seems to be progressing very well’’, Justice Button noted.

Two forensic psychiatrists reported to the court that Reay still posed ‘‘a high risk of committing a serious offence of violence if released’’ after diagnosing him with ‘‘a severe antisocial personality disorder and substance use disorder’’.

Reay appeared at the most recent hearing via audio-visual link from Parklea prison where he was ‘‘a little disruptive throughout the course of the hearing’’, Justice Button noted.

But Justice Button also believed that was natural for someone who was ‘‘resentful and exasperated’ at being held in jail beyond their sentence.

Reay must continue in the violent offenders’ program and must co-operate with psychiatrists and psychologists between now and his release.

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