Man who raped as revenge against 'white people' set free

AN INDIGENOUS man, who raped three woman as revenge against "white people at large" in the 1990s, will be released into the community again despite repeatedly contravening his release order.

Travice Allan Edwards, 42, was back in Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday for five more breaches while under his Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act supervision order.

Edwards was jailed, at age 23, in 1994 for 14 years for the rapes of three women - aged 18, 12 and 17.

He convinced the girls he was driving them to see friends or relatives before taking them to secluded forest areas and forcing himself on them.

Edwards - born in Toowoomba and raised in the Cherbourg and Murgon areas - was abused as a child and equated sexual violence with racial hatred.

He selected them as victims as a means of retaliating against white people at large for his perceived ill-use by them.

Justice Margaret Wilson said on Monday that psychiatrists had submitted Edwards' risk of re-offending had reduced significantly because of serious health problems - including liver failure, diabetes, angina and epilepsy.

She said Edwards had been a problem for corrective services officers because he kept "manipulating" them by using his medical conditions to go to hospital where he would meet friends to socialise.

The court heard he had once removed his GPS device from his ankle, saying "police can come and get me" and then had to abide a 24-hour curfew when he refused to put it back on.

Justice Wilson said a urine sample had tested positive for amphetamine and marijuana use and he had refused to attend a psychologist appointment.

She said it made sense to relax some of the conditions so Edwards was not so demanding on corrective officers' time.

But Justice Wilson said Edwards, who would likely go into the Wacol precinct again initially, must have a suitability assessment completed before he lives anywhere else.

The court had heard he had plans to live at his brother's home, which had been modified to cope with Edwards' wheelchair.



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