Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Direction on Parole Appealed

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Direction on Parole Appealed

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Byline: Rae Wilson APN Newsdesk

THE Queensland Parole Board has questioned a judicial direction to reconsider parole for a Darling Downs man who horrifically raped and murdered a woman almost 30 years ago.

James Patrick McGrane, now 46, bound and gagged a 21-year-old woman, raped her and then stabbed 11 times in the back, chest and sides.

Her naked body was found on the bedroom floor of a pottery shop at Hodgson Vale, on Toowoomba's southern outskirts, on March 26, 1986.

Justice Philip McMurdo set aside the parole board's decision to refuse McGrane, who was 17 when he went into prison, parole in a judicial review he handed down in February.

He ordered the board review the application, suggesting they should have considered strict supervision conditions similar to those faced under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 should it decided to release McGrane.

Barrister Mark Hinson, acting for the parole board, argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal yesterday that the judge had erred in making that suggestion regarding McGrane's application. …

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