'Psychopath' detained for month

AN “UNREPENTANT psychopath”, who has threatened to return toByron Bay on the eve of his release from prison, has been detained for another month.

Craig Darryl Richardson completed his 16-year sentence for the brutal rape and attempted murder of a 21-year-old Byron Bay woman in December last year.

However, has been held on an interim detention order since then as Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham attempts to keep him incarcerated, or at least supervised on release.

The Supreme Court heard in December that Richardson told prison guards he was considering returning to Byron Bay, where his victim still lives, despite having no ties to the region.

Prison psychiatric reports shown to the court classified him as schizophrenic, psychopathic, unrepentant and likely to re-offend – assessments that prevented his parole when coupled with his refusal to acknowledge his need for psychiatric medication and his failure to participate in prison rehabilitation programs.

His victim, now 37 and married with two young children, spoke out in The Northern Star last month, giving a harrowing account of the 1994 ordeal in the hope authorities would reconsider the situation.

On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Garling continued Richardson's detention order for another 28 days while further psychiatric assessments are carried out.

Had Richardson been paroled, he not only would have been subject to supervision orders, but authorities could have sought to restrict his movements.

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