Rockhampton "not equipped to deal with Dooley"

A CORRECTIVE services worker told a Brisbane court that Rockhampton was not equipped to supervise dangerous sexual prisoners upon release from custody.

Roberta Embrey, who manages high-risk prisoners within Queensland Corrective Services, said violent offender Ross Edward Dooley, 35, would be more suited to the Wacol precinct at Ipswich because there were more experienced practitioners who could deal with his issues.

She said Rockhampton's medical practitioners had "self-elected not to work with some complex cases".

"Rockhampton is an area where we have extreme difficulty and we're currently looking at a different service provisions because we don't really have suitably qualified professionals," she said.

"We do utilise some providers but they don't have the required level of expertise to be able to work with some of our cases.

"High levels of deviancy is certainly one area where some of these providers have said they will not work.

"We have much greater access to services in the Brisbane region."

Dooley, who is due for full-time release on May 6, will instead be released on a strict supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Monday that Dooley, who was born in Rockhampton and raised at Woorabinda where his mother still lives, has problems with alcohol and inhalants.

Dooley - also a talented cultural and spiritual dancer - has a history of violence against men and women including some sexual offending.

Dooley was jailed for seven years in 2007 for luring a 13-year-old boy into an abandoned Rockhampton toilet block and raping him in 2005.

The court heard Dooley had not been diagnosed with pedophilia and did not need treatment for that.

Three psychiatrists agreed during questioning that if Dooley could remain sober for five years then his chance of reoffending would reduce substantially.

Justice Peter Applegarth told Dooley he would be subject to serious restrictions on his liberty, probably more onerous than jail.

"If you don't put up with it, the door of the jail will clang," he said.

Justice Applegarth said Dooley must control his sexual urges and curb his violent tendencies.

The court debated alcohol and inhalant abstinence, public park bans, and requirements Dooley notify authorities about any sexual relationships or jobs were among the conditions.

Dr Scott Harden said some of the supervision conditions were onerous and could be impediments to employment or relationships.

But he said they were necessary to protect the community.

Professor Barry Nurcombe said Dooley was "virtually illiterate" with no history of employment.

He said Dooley needed to learn how to plan his days and develop qualifications.

Justice Applegarth will deliver his reasons for releasing Dooley in a written judgment later this week.

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