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DPP to appeal pedophile's release


South Australian prosecutors will appeal against a decision to release notorious pedophile Colin Humphrys.

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The South Australian Supreme Court last month ordered his release under strict conditions despite a Parole Board recommendation that he remain behind bars.

Director of Public Prosecutions Adam Kimber said today he had carefully considered the judgment and had lodged an appeal against the court’s decision.

When the release application was granted, the State Government flagged possible legislative changes to keep dangerous pedophiles behind bars.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman welcomed the DPP’s decision today.

“South Australians have a right to feel safe and it is important that criminal sentences are in line with community expectations,” she said.

“We will now await the outcome of that appeal and I want to reiterate that the new State Government is committed to keeping our community safe as a priority.”

In its ruling, the Supreme Court agreed to release Humphrys on licence under strict conditions including electronic monitoring, supervision and libido-reducing medication.

The decision went against a Parole Board recommendation that he be kept behind bars and warnings from psychiatrists that there was a risk Humphrys would re-offend.

The 66-year-old has served multiple jail terms for abusing young boys, with his crimes dating back to 1985.

– with AAP

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