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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Dangerous prisoners belong behind bars: Lucas

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Dangerous prisoners belong behind bars: Lucas

    Andrew Ellis belongs behind bars and the Queensland Government had already sought to keep him in jail.

    Mr Lucas said that the Queensland Government had been seeking to keep Ellis behind bars since March 8, last year but after two hearings, in September and October, the court ordered he be released under strict supervision.

    “Clearly, I think that was the wrong decision,” Mr Lucas said.

    “That’s why the matter is under appeal and was already due to be heard on February 20.

    “Given this prisoner has now breached the conditions of his supervision order, I would expect that he face the full force of the law and that supervision order is torn up now police advise he has been captured.”

    Mr Lucas said the Queensland Government took the issue of dangerous prisoners very seriously.

    “That’s why we have the toughest laws in the country,” he said.

    “Our laws have withstood High Court challenge where as other jurisdictions, like NSW, have seen offenders walk free because their laws were found by the High Court to be against constitution.

    “We will continue to appeal the release of dangerous prisoners where their release would be inappropriate and if we believe an error was made any the judge in releasing them.”

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    Due date for release, January 12, 2012

    March 8, 2011

    Instruction to Crown Law to file an application for continuing detention with the Supreme Court. Ellis remains in custody.

    May 24, 2011

    Application for continuing detention filed in the Supreme Court. Ellis remains in custody.

    September 29, 2011

    Matter adjourned by Justice Lyons until October 19, 2011. Ellis remains in custody.

    October 19, 2011

    Lawyers representing the Attorney General argued Ellis should be detained on the basis of psychiatric evidence before the court. Judgement reserved until a fixed date. Ellis remains in custody.

    October 25, 2011

    Justice Lyons grants Ellis release under a supervision order from January, 2012, until which time Ellis is to remain in custody.

    November 25, 2011

    Attorney General files an appeal with the Supreme Court also requesting a stay of order to release Ellis under supervision. Ellis remains in Custody.

    December 6, 2011

    Stay application heard in the Supreme Court by Justice Chesterman. Decision reserved until December 16. Ellis remains in custody.

    December 16, 2011

    Justice Chesterman refuses the stay of release application. Ellis to remain in custody until his release date in January, 2012.

    January 12, 2012

    Ellis released under a supervision order including 36 conditions such as GPS monitoring.

    February 20, 2012

    Scheduled hearing of appeal against Ellis’ release with the State Government seeking to keep him in prison.