Serious concerns prisoner a danger to community Serial rapist released
A SERIAL rapist has been released on a supervised five year order despite being d e e med a t hi g h r i s k o f reoffending.
Stuart William Armstrong, a serious violent offender due to his 17 year history, was this week declared a free man but with strict conditions.
The 40-year-old cannot
re- main in jail after completing at least 80 per cent of his six year sentence for the attempted rape of a 24-year-old woman he stalked and attacked on the outskirts of Ayr on March 19, 2005.
But the Attorney-General’s application reveals serious concerns about Armstrong, labelled a danger to the community last year and ordered to be examined by two psychiatrists before release.
T h e f i r s t d o c t o r s a i d Armstrong was at high risk of reoffending due to his significant history and thought he showed some remorse but limited empathy.
He said ‘‘ if faced again with interpersonal and general stresses . . . ( it would) eventually lead to an assault on a woman’’.
The second doctor said Armstrong, who has completed the High Intensity Sexual Offender Program, had shown evidence of matu- ration, a healthier attitude and a desire to stay off drugs and alcohol.
The five year order place from March 14.
Armstrong’s history includes several long stints in jail.
His first attack was in 1988 on a woman in her Townsville flat, when Armstrong raped and sodomised her.
He was sentenced to four and a half years, but within weeks of release in 1991, he
is in struck again. In a late-night attack on Melton Hill, he threw a woman over an embankment, ripping off her dress and attempting to rape her as she lay bleeding from a h e a d wo u n d b u t t wo passers-by intervened.
Sentenced to 12 months for that offence, Armstrong on release threatened a woman with a knife in broad daylight in a Brisbane shopping centre carpark, and tried to hijack her car. He was de- tained at the scene by members of the public and was again jailed.
In 2001, in Ayr, a woman received a phone call saying her boyfriend wanted to see her at his home. When she arrived, the boyfriend wasn’t there, but Armstrong was.
He assaulted her, tried to smother her with a pillow and bashed her so severely there was blood splattered around the bedroom walls and carpet.