Pedophile Set Free After Declaring Child Abuse is a 'Cultural Thing'
Sex offender released from jail despite psychiatrist warning of 'high risk' of reoffending
A convicted pedophile, who declared that sexually abusing children is a "cultural thing," has been freed from prison, despite serious warnings from experts.
44-year-old Edward George Nallajar appeared before Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday to apply to be re-released back into the community after being jailed for sexually abusing children.
Nallajar was previously released by the courts in 2016 but was sent back to prison last year after he cut off his GPS tracker.
The Supreme Court has now agreed to release Nallajar for a second time, despite a psychiatrist warning that there's a "high risk" of reoffending.
Nallajar is expected to be released in the next few days, after serving time in prison for child-sex crimes where he was placed on a dangerous prisoner supervision order.
He is now being released for a second time, despite previously being returned to jail last year after he breached the conditions of the order by cutting off his GPS monitor, The Courier-Mail reported.
Nallajar claims he removed the bracelet as a "social experiment" and that he wanted to return to jail because life had become "too stressful," the court heard.
According to the Daily Mail, Nallajar's brush with the law began in 1993 when he was jailed for three years after shooting dead a man who sexually abused his friend.
Nallajar abused two children when he was released from jail, claiming it was a "cultural thing" to do on Palm Island in Queensland's north.
"Most children on Palm Island are not virgins … having sex with a child has become a cultural thing … money is short, children don't get so much so maybe for a bigger sum of money she would have let me have sex with her," he later told a psychologist.
In 2004, Nallajar pleaded guilty to luring a girl into a deserted school ground and bribing her $20 if she came with him to get drugs before he raped her.
Just days after being released on parole, Nallajar committed a similar act on a child and was jailed in 2012.
Nallajar's most recent application to be released from prison had the support of two psychologists, The Courier-Mail reported.
Lawyers acting for the Attorney-General accepted "adequate protection of the community could be met by releasing (Nallajar) on a supervision order."
Nallajar will be sentenced for breaching the order in Townsville on Thursday and is expected to walk free from jail on February 12.
He will remain on the dangerous prisoner supervision order until 2026.
It's the same order placed on serial predator Robert Fardon when he was released from jail in Queensland last month.