Sex offender freed under strict rules including no grog, pot

A CONVICTED sex offender has had his bid for freedom granted with a host of stringent conditions.

Maxwell Edward Gray, 52, hit the headlines late last year after sparking a massive manhunt in Rockhampton because he went missing on day release.

He was found two hours later at northside address.

He admitted having smoked marijuana, contravening his initial release conditions.

Gray, who appeared in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday via videolink, made an application to be released from prison on a full-time basis under strict supervision conditions.

Psychiatrist Michael Beech told the court he believed that if Gray were released into the community on an unsupervised order the risk of reoffending was moderate. He said that if there were supervision orders in place then he believed the risk was low.

Justice Peter Lyons ordered Gray be released under 37 stringent conditions which included abstaining from cannabis and alcohol.



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