Close monitoring continues for sex offender

High Court-panoply1High risk sex offender Lloyd Alexander McIntosh will continue to be closely monitored until an application to impose one of the new Public Protection Orders can be heard by the High Court.

The Department of Corrections has applied for the PPO as McIntosh’s current term of intensive monitoring under a Extended Supervision Order comes to an end.

The PPO application was filed in March. According to a decision issued by Justice Cameron Mander in the High Court at Christchurch today, it is based on the grounds that in the absence of 24-hour accompaniment and monitoring, McIntosh is considered to pose a very high risk of imminent serious sexual offending.

His crimes include unlawful sexual connection with a 23-month-old baby and he has also been convicted of raping a six-year-old child. He has to take drugs to control his sex drive.

He was due to be released in 2004 to live in a rural Canterbury town, but a public backlash forced Corrections to house him in a unit on the grounds of Christchurch Men’s Prison.

He was jailed in 1993 for 10 years for the sex attack on the baby. In 2004, the High Court imposed a 10-year Extended Supervision Order relating to that offending, and last year extended the order by a further 10 years.

A new condition imposed at that time was a year of intensive monitoring, which is due to expire on June 10.

The Corrections Department wants to continue the monitoring while the application for a PPO is heard. The PPO will provide monitoring and supervision for an indeterminate period but it cannot be heard before the present intensive monitoring term expires.

Justice Mander has therefore issued an order that McIntosh be held at the interim PPO facility within the grounds of Christchurch Men’s Prison “until further order of the court”.

He will be accompanied and monitored 24 hours a day, is not allowed to move houses, remains subject to electronic monitoring, and is not allowed access to any Internet-capable device.

Another condition states: “He is not to enter, or loiter within the grounds of any schools, preschools, parks, playgrounds or any other public place where children under 16 years of age are likely to congregate unless under the supervision of an adult approved in writing by a probation officer.”

He is not allowed to have any contact with anyone under 16 years, except under stringent conditions.

The full hearing on the PPO will take place once health assessors have updated their reports on McIntosh’s continuing level of risk.


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