Psychiatrists agree child sex offender should stay in jail

TWO psychiatrists have agreed an Emerald sex offender who abducted and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl should remain in prison for more treatment.

Shane Charles Waghorn was sentenced at the Rockhampton District Court in 1992 to seven years jail, but the Court of Appeal later increased the sentence to 14 years.

He remains jailed under dangerous prisoner laws and has been refused release on a number of occasions.

Psychiatrist Dr Barry Nurcombe agreed with fellow psychiatrist Dr Josephine Sundin that Waghorn should remain in jail after he learnt Waghorn had lied to him.

Dr Nurcombe said Waghorn had a poor memory and he did not think Waghorn purposely lied to him, but he tended to cut himself off from the truth.

He suggested Waghorn recommence psychotherapy and be interviewed by a psychiatrist about whether he would consider anti-androgenic treatment.

Anti-androgenic medication is used to lower testosterone levels, decreasing sexual urges.

After Waghorn has received more treatment the court will reconsider on February 29, 2016 whether to release him.

- APN NEWSDESK


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