Gladstone rape accomplice 1-3% reoffend risk

  • Jan-Maree Dunlop helped her husband abduct and rape a 10-year-old girl in Gladstone in 2002
  • She has been released on normal parole conditions
  • A Supreme Court Judge is yet to formally explain why the woman was not declared to be a dangerous sex offender
  • Dunlop served a 14 year sentence 

UPDATE 4pm: 

A SUPREME Court judge has explained why he refused the Attorney-General's application to supervise a notorious Gladstone sex offender when she is released.

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Justice David Jackson on Monday ruled Jan-Maree Dunlop was not a serious risk to the community and yesterday released his reasons for the ruling.

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Dunlop, then going by the name Jan-Maree Farrenkothen, helped her then husband Jurgen "Terry" Farrenkothen rape two girls in Gladstone in 2002.

Farrenkothen, who now goes by her maiden name, Dunlop. Source: The Courier Mail.
Farrenkothen, who now goes by her maiden name, Dunlop. Source: The Courier Mail. The Courier Mail

Justice Jackson told a Brisbane court that forensic psychiatrist Dr Michael Beech found Dunlop did not suffer from a sexual paraphilia disorder, but had been diagnosed as having a dependent personality.

Dr Beech found Dunlop committed the crimes due to her dependency issues. He said the risk of Dunlop committing another sexual crime was as low as 1-3%.

Justice Jackson said he did not believe lawyers for the Attorney-General had proven Dunlop was a "serious danger to the community" that required strict supervision.

"Notwithstanding the extremely serious nature of the offending and the understandable concern that has caused the (Attorney-General) to bring this application, in my view, the analysis of the circumstances which led Dr Beech to reason that the respondent's risk of reoffending is so low ultimately supports the conclusion that there are not reasonable grounds for believing that the respondent is a serious danger to the community in the absence of a (supervision) order," Justice Jackson said.

"I think it is important that the risk presented by the respondent is not of the same kind as the risk presented by many sexual predators who have or may have ongoing paraphilias."

When the parole board grants Dunlop's release, she will be subject to standard parole conditions. 


A WOMAN who helped her husband rape a 10-year-old girl in Gladstone will be released from prison without a strict supervision order after a court heard she was a "very low risk" of re-offending.   

Jan-Maree Farrenkothen (now Dunlop) appeared via video link in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday.  

Barrister Peter Davis, acting for the Attorney-General, said the Crown did not believe Dunlop needed to remain behind bars - but wanted her to be declared a "serious danger to the community" and released under strict supervision.   

Dunlop, 55, was jailed for 14 years after she helped her then-husband Jurgen "Terry" Farrenkothen rape a 10-year-old girl in 2002.   

Forensic psychiatrist Michael Beech said Dunlop suffered from a dependent personality disorder and assisted Farrenkothen in raping the girl out of a fear of losing him if she did not.  

Dr Beech said Dunlop was a higher risk of committing non-sexual crimes with a partner than committing another sex crime.   

He said any future offending was likely to "mirror" that of a future partner due to feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression.   

Mr Davis said Dunlop's dependent personality disorder meant she was a risk of committing crimes again. 

"There is a (risk) that she may revert to such a dysfunctional relationship again," he said.   "We accept what the doctor said that the risk is low.

The real question here is relapse." 

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She had originally planned to be released to live with her sister near Bundaberg, but instead will live in Brisbane.

Mr Davis said placing Dunlop on a supervisory order would also allow the court to mandate that she continue to seek psychiatric help - which Dr Beech had recommended.   

Two further psychiatric reports, from other practitioners, would have been made and tendered to the court had Dunlop been placed on a supervisory order.   

Justice David Jackson ruled the further reports were unnecessary and refused the supervision application.   

Dunlop will be released on standard parole conditions.   

Justice Jackson will release his reasons on Tuesday.  




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