The South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions is appealing against a judge’s decision to release notorious paedophile Colin Humphrys into the community.
Humphrys has an extensive history of sexual offending against children, including the abduction and abuse of a boy in the early 1990s, and the sexual assault of a boy in a Port Adelaide toilet block in 2003.
Humphrys had been serving an indefinite prison term, but Justice Trish Kelly last week approved an application allowing him to be released to live in the Bowden-Brompton area, in Adelaide’s inner north-west.
The decision to release Humphrys was made despite the recommendation of the parole board, which found he was at high risk of reoffending.
It sparked backlash from people living in the inner north-western suburbs, and prompted federal Labor MP Kate Ellis and SA Labor’s leader-in-waiting Peter Malinauskas to write to the state’s new Attorney-General, urging her to step in.
Director of Public Prosecutions Adam Kimber SC on Friday said he had filed a notice to appeal the decision.
“Since the grant of Mr Humphrys’ application to be released from detention, I have given careful consideration to the judgment,” he said.
“Today I filed a notice of appeal.
“I will not be making any further comment.”
Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said she welcomed the DPP’s decision, citing the community’s right to safety.
“I am very pleased that the DPP had lodged an appeal opposing the release of Colin Humphrys,” Ms Chapman said.
“South Australians have a right to feel safe and it is important that criminal sentences are in line with community expectations.
“I want to reiterate that the new State Government is committed to keeping our community safe as a priority.
“We will now await the outcome.”
In handing down her decision, Justice Kelly said Humphrys would be released under strict conditions, including around-the-clock GPS monitoring, a requirement to take anti-libidinal medication and a ban on communicating with any child.
But Parole Board chair Frances Nelson at the time expressed concern a “manipulative, intelligent” Humphrys would eventually try to have his conditions relaxed.