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Name: CRAIG DARRYL RICHARDSON (Craig Richardson)

Age: 43 yrs old (2011)

State: NSW - Possibly moving to the Byron Bay area.

Sentence: Sentenced in 1995 to 16 years jail..Is to be released under supervision for five years/ 2011..

Richardson was officially released from custody on March 18, 2011 but remains in a forensic hospital undergoing treatment for schizophrenia.
When he is released into the community, he will remain under supervision for five years (9-6-2011).

Offence/Other: Craig Darryl Richardson - Rapist - Pleaded guilty in 1994 to two counts of aggravated sexual assault and attempted murder..Fiona (the victim) was repeatedly raped, stabbed and strangled during a terrifying five-hour ordeal in the park and sand dunes near Lawson Street, Byron Bay, while walking home from work on December 19, 1994.


News (15-1-2011)- The man who brutally raped a 21-year-old woman at Byron Bay in 1994 has threatened to return to the town, on the eve of his release from prison. Fiona was repeatedly raped, stabbed and strangled during a terrifying five-hour ordeal in the park and sand dunes near Lawson Street, Byron Bay, while walking home from work on December 19, 1994..The court heard that Richardson told prison guards he wanted to return to Byron Bay, and that he had revealed to psychiatrists he wanted to track down and kill his former parole officer and a prison employee.
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Craig Darryl Richardson

NSW fails to keep rapist behind bars

NSW has lost a Supreme Court bid to keep a violent sexual offender behind bars after he had served his 10-year sentence for the rape and attempted murder of a woman in 1993.
Judge David Davies said the legislation did not enable him to keep 43-year-old Craig Darryl Richardson incarcerated, despite the extremely high risk of him committing more violent acts.
Judges have the power to hand down continuing detention orders for serious sex offenders but not serious violent offenders.
Legislation to amend the Violent Offenders Act was being considered last year but the Labor government failed to pass the amendments.
A spokesman for NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said yesterday the changes were not being considered by the Coalition government.
Justice Davies said that, based on psychiatric reports, Richardson posed an "unacceptable risk of committing a serious sex offence" but only in an opportunistic way as a development of violent offences.
"To keep somebody incarcerated because they might commit another offence at some time in the future is a very serious matter," he said.
"Although it can be accepted that the legislation under consideration was designed particularly for repeat offenders . . . (it) is clearly capable of applying to somebody in the position of (Richardson)."
Richardson pleaded guilty in 1994 to two counts of aggravated sexual assault and the attempted murder of a woman in Byron Bay, in northern NSW.
He was officially released from custody on March 18 but remains in a forensic hospital undergoing treatment for schizophrenia.
When he is released into the community, he will remain under supervision for five years.


The Australian (9-6-2011)
Jodie Minus
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/nsw-fails-to-keep-rapist-behind-bars/story-e6frg6nf-1226071989083

NSW rapist Craig Darryl Richardson to be supervised for five years

A man who has served his maximum jail term for the brutal rape of a woman he tried to murder is to be released, but will be supervised for five years.
Justice David Davies found there was a "high degree of probability" that Craig Darryl Richardson posed an "unacceptable risk of committing a serious sex offence" if not kept under supervision.
The NSW Supreme Court judge decided against making an order keeping Richardson in jail, concluding that prison sex treatment programs would not be suitable for him.
In 1995, Richardson was jailed for a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 16 years after being found guilty of the rape and attempted murder of a woman at Byron Bay, on the NSW north coast.
During the three-hour ordeal, he raped and sexually assaulted the woman at knifepoint, stabbed her, tied her up, jumped on her back and shovelled handfuls of sand into her mouth.
The now 43-year-old, who is schizophrenic, was not released when he became eligible for parole in 2004 and has served his full sentence.
In his decision, handed down last week, Justice Davies said Richardson was "scheduled" or involuntarily admitted into a psychiatric facility for treatment in March.
The order detaining him has been extended until September.
In deciding on the five-year extended supervision order rather than keeping Richardson in jail, the judge said the Byron Bay matters were the only sex offences with which he had ever been charged or convicted.
His criminal record only contained one other offence of violence and he does not appear to exhibit any symptoms of an identifiable paraphilia or sexual deviancy.
The judge also noted that at the time of the offences he had undiagnosed schizophrenia, personality disorders, and was abusing alcohol and other substances.
Staff involved in extended supervision are trained to deal with high-risk offenders and assist them to reintegrate into the community, he said.
Justice Davies said it was not without relevance that Richardson was now 16 years older than when he was admitted to prison.
"Recently he suffered such a severe heart attack that he was in an induced coma for some days and it was thought he would not survive," he added.


AAP (8-6-2011)
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/nsw-rapistcraig-darryl-richardson-to-be-supervised-for-five-years/story-e6frfku0-1226071849430

‘Unrepentant' rapist stays in jail

Convicted rapist and attempted murderer Craig Darryl Richardson, who brutally attacked a Byron Bay woman in 1994, remains behind bars today despite his third interim detention order expiring at 4pm yesterday.
Supreme Court Justice Davies will still rule on Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham's application for a permanent detention order based on Richardson's violent, unrepentant nature and his resistance to prison rehabilitation programs.
Richardson completed his full 16-year sentence for the rape and attempted murder of the Byron Bay woman in December last year, but due to legal loopholes was to be released without any supervision, monitoring or restrictions despite threatening to kill his former parole officer and threatening to return to Byron Bay, where his victim still lives.
Richardson is now being detained under the Mental Health Act so there is no time limit to his extended detention.
Yesterday Justice Davies reserved his decision regarding a permanent detention order and said he would deliver his judgment in the next few weeks.
The Supreme Court heard in December that prison psychiatric reports had classified Richardson as schizophrenic, psychopathic, unrepentant and likely to re-offend – assessments that prevented his parole – which would have been monitored and supervised.
He also refused to acknowledge that he had a mental illness or required psychiatric medication.
His victim, now 37 and married with two young children, spoke out in The Northern Star in January, giving a harrowing account of the 1994 ordeal in the hope authorities would reconsider the situation.
She said she was happy with the decision and expressed her grati- tude to authorities for their efforts to deal with the situation.


www.northernstar.com.au (19-3-2011)
http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2011/03/19/unrepentant-byron-bay-rapist-to-stay-behind-bars/

Rapist behind bars pending report

Convicted rapist Craig Darryl Richardson is to stay in prison until March 18, pending the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing into his mental fitness to be released from custody.
Richardson was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment in 1995 for the brutal rape and attempted murder of a 21-year-old Byron Bay woman.
He completed his sentence in December 2010 and was entitled to be freed without supervision, but Corrective Services argued in the Supreme Court that he was a danger to the public and should be detained on a temporary detention order pending further psychiatric assessment.
The Supreme Court heard that Richardson told prison wardens he was considering returning to Byron Bay. His victim still lives in the area, and Richardson has no ties to the region.
Richardson has not done his chances of release much good by his response to incarceration. Prison psychiatric reports have described him as schizophrenic and psychopathic.
But he has refused to acknowledge his need for psychiatric medication and failed to participate in prison rehabilitation programs. Because he did not believe he has a mental illness, he was unlikely to remain on his medication once out and was considered likely to re-offend.
He also told psychiatrists that he wanted to kill his parole officer and a former prison staffer.
His victim, now 37 and married with two young children, gave The Northern Star a harrowing account of her 1994 ordeal in the hope authorities would reconsider freeing her attacker. The last time she saw Richardson he made a throat-slitting gesture to her while being hauled from the dock after sentencing in 1995.
“It is just atrocious that this man is getting out without any supervision,” she said.
The woman was repeatedly raped, stabbed and strangled during a five-hour ordeal in the park and sand dunes near Lawson St, Byron Bay, while walking home from work.


www.northernstar.com.au (5-3-2011)
Digby Hildreth
http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/rapist-kept-behind-bars-pending-report/787038/

'Psychopath' detained

An “unrepentant psychopath”, who has threatened to return toByron Bay on the eve of his release from prison, has been detained for another month.
Craig Darryl Richardson completed his 16-year sentence for the brutal rape and attempted murder of a 21-year-old Byron Bay woman in Dec-ember last year. However, has been held on an interim detention order since then as Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham att-empts to keep him incarcerated, or at least supervised on release.
The Supreme Court heard in December that Richardson told prison guards he was considering returning to Byron Bay, where his victim still lives, despite having no ties to the region.
Prison psychiatric reports shown to the court classified him as schizophrenic, psychopathic, unrepentant and likely to re-offend – assessments that prevented his parole when coupled with his refusal to acknowledge his need for psychiatric medication and his failure to participate in prison rehabilitation programs.
His victim, now 37 and married with two young children, spoke out in The Northern Star last month, giving a harrowing account of the 1994 ordeal in the hope authorities would reconsider the situation.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Garling continued Richardson's detention order for another 28 days while further psychiatric assessments are carried out.
Had Richardson been paroled, he not only would have been subject to supervision orders, but authorities could have sought to restrict his movements.


www.northernstar.com.au (10-2-2011)
http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2011/02/10/psychopath-detained-craig-darryl-richardson-byron-/

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Rapist vows to return to Byron Bay
Craig Darryl Richardson

The man who brutally raped a 21-year-old woman at Byron Bay in 1994 has threatened to return to the town, near where his victim still lives, on the eve of his release from prison.
And he is legally able to do so, despite having no ties to the area.
Craig Darryl Richardson completed his full 16-year sentence for rape and attempted murder last month but, unlike paroled prisoners, stands to be released without any supervision, monitoring or restriction.
Ironically, he was never paroled because of his violent, unrepentant nature and his resistance to prison rehabilitation programs.
Richardson is currently being held on a temporary detention order for further psychiatric assessment while legal options are urgently considered.
His victim, Fiona (not her real name), now 37, has hardly slept since she received news of his release last week and feels she is losing her liberty as Richardson regains his.
She chose to speak to The Northern Star in the hope common sense would prevail.
The last time she saw Richardson he made a throat-slitting gesture to her while being hauled from the dock after sentencing in 1995.
“It is just atrocious that this man is getting out without any supervision,” she said.
Fiona was repeatedly raped, stabbed and strangled during a terrifying five-hour ordeal in the park and sand dunes near Lawson Street, Byron Bay, while walking home from work on December 19, 1994.
She fought desperately for her life that night and has continued to fight for her recovery since. She steadfastly refuses to become a victim and to hate the man who destroyed her life – a man who was deemed to have the mental capacity of a seven-year-old child at the trial and was described in the Supreme Court last month as schizophrenic, psychopathic, unrepentant and likely to re-offend.
The court heard that Richardson told prison guards he wanted to return to Byron Bay, and that he had revealed to psychiatrists he wanted to track down and kill his former parole officer and a prison employee.
“I know jail is not the best place to re-educate disadvantaged people but this is very scary because for a person like him who didn’t take advantage of any rehabilitation processes and was far from the model prisoner, I believe he will rape again or worse,” she said.
“He said to me during the attack before I got away, ‘I’m going to have to kill you so I don’t go to jail’ – well he’s been in jail for 16 years and Goulburn’s no picnic so he won’t want to go back next time.
“What if he goes for someone younger, someone not as strong as I was at that time?
“Women are already devalued enough in certain parts of our society and more needs to be done to allow the courts to keep people like this in jail.”
Fiona has since pieced her life back together and until last week was happily settled with her husband and their two young children.
Now she is organising to move house and have a silent telephone number installed.
“Last night, I woke up that many times and had to keep checking on the kids. What scares me now is I have far more to lose than my own life,” she said.
Fiona speaks of the happy-go-lucky 21-year-old, who had just moved to Byron Bay with friends six days before the assault, as almost another person.
“I was walking home from work at a restaurant and it was a really beautiful night. It was my third shift there, everything was going great, life was fantastic and I was in this amazing place where I thought my whole life was just starting – and then I heard those footsteps running up behind me,” she said.
“I turned around but never in my mind did I think to run or scream. There was this guy with a knife saying ‘get into the bushes’.”
At first Fiona let the assault happen, trying not to antagonise Richardson, but when he dragged her deeper into the sand dunes to continue the assault, she fought ferociously, at one stage wresting the knife off Richardson and stabbing him five times – wounds that ultimately led to his arrest when he sought treatment at Mullumbimby Hospital the next day.
Fiona’s recovery was complicated. Initially, the near-death experience gave her an extreme sense of elation to be alive.
“I guess that was a survival thing for me because I knew what I’d been through was so monstrous that I spent most of that first year pretending it hadn’t affected me,” she said.
“But I developed these things like vertigo where if I was in a high place I would feel this uncontrollable urge to jump off – if I went to the lighthouse or something I would always have to stay away from the edge.
“I think it was a desire to not have to go through the things I knew I would have to go through to cope with what had happened.
“On one hand, I was so happy to be alive and so happy to be in this beautiful place but on the other there was this thing in the back of my mind all the time that what I’d been through was so horrific that I couldn’t cope with it.”
After seven years, Fiona had a nervous breakdown and embarked on a program of intensive counselling.
She now argues passionately for protection and support for abused women but is deeply concerned at the under-reporting of all forms of sexual assault.
“I don’t think girls are really aware of all the dangers, especially around Byron Bay at this time of year,” she said.
“What happened to me was not really how most sexual assaults occur. Because my face was all bashed up and I had my throat cut twice and stitches all over me, I looked like the perfect victim, so people were really sympathetic,” she said.
“In a weird way I was kind of lucky because I got the social support that many victims don’t get.”

The Northern Star (15-1-2011)
Dominic Feain
http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2011/01/15/rapist-vows-to-return-to-byron-bay-craig-richardso/

At the mercy of a psychopath

Blokes like Craig Darryl Richardson are the ones who go to jail and you wish we could lose the keys.
There are people society can do without. He's one of them.
I'm sure there are plenty of prisoners getting out of jail each day who have repented, done their time and are trying to move on with their lives. It can't be easy. But the ones like Richardson, who are considered so violent they are beyond rehabilitation, are a serious concern to the community.
He is an extremely violent, "psychopathic" who attempted to murder a woman after having robbed her and then raped her over a prolonged period. His record behind bars has hardly been one of the model prisoner. He's told psychiatrists of wanting to kill his parole officer, among others.
He is also a diagnosed schizophrenic who does not believe he has a mental illness, meaning he is unlikely to remain on his medication once out.
Jailed in 1995 for 16 years, the 42-year-old was to have walked free from prison yesterday. And because he served his whole sentence, he would walk free with no supervision, no-one to watch over him.
Even better, he told prison staff that he wants to return to Byron Bay where he committed the offences and doesn't want anyone to know what he's doing once out. Terrific. If Byron's residents were worried about Schoolies, wait until they get a load of this bloke.
This is despite a string of psychiatric reports that refer to his propensity for violence and the fear he is likely repeat likely - to commit more violence.
Eight months ago Kristina Keneally did exactly what this Government always does with its announcements: Got some publicity, announced a review and then ... nothing.
So far, it's round one to commonsense. In Friday's hearing Justice Davies ordered Richardson to remain behind bars for 28 days to allow two psychiatrists to review him before a final decision is made.
To give credit, the Crimes (Serious Sex Offenders) Act was specifically amended for Richardson. Up until December 7, not even this attempt would have been possible. Until then only criminals still serving time for a serious sex offence were eligible for continuous detention orders (CDO) or extended supervision orders (ESO) under the original legislation. Richardson had served his 10 years for the sex offence and was only still in for the attempted murder. The legislation was amended to make it anyone previously jailed on serious sex offences, putting Richardson in the picture for a CDO or ESO.
The picture would have been much brighter if the Government had simply moved swiftly in creating the violent offender equivalent Keneally was happy to boast about in April.
Now we'll have to wait and see if the Coalition, should it win the election, has the courage to follow through.

The Daily Telegraph (20-12-2010)
Rhett Watson
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/keneallys-empty-boasts-leave/story-e6frezz0-1225973538295


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