Sex offender released to live in Tuart Hill

Dennis John Lyddieth.
Dennis John Lyddieth.

A VIOLENT sex offender expected to be released today under strict conditions will live in Tuart Hill.

Dennis John Lyddieth violently assaulted and raped many women in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the western suburbs.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said Mr Lyddieth was released on strict conditions and authorities would act quickly if he breached even one.

“He does have 44 conditions on his supervision order,” Ms Harvey said.

“History shows us that some of these offenders have a very poor compliance rate with these conditions so he will be managed very intensively by the Department of Corrective Services and our Sex Offenders Management Squad who are well resourced to do it.”

Ms Harvey said the 64-year-old offender’s photograph was available online so residents could familiarise themselves with his facial features.

“The people of Tuart Hill would probably be feeling quite appalled,” Ms Harvey said.

“While he’s been released, if he steps over the line, he will be back before the courts very quickly.”

Shadow Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the Government was “asleep at the wheel” when it came to protecting the community.

“This offender has a shocking criminal history and a reign of terror including raping women at knifepoint,” Ms Roberts said.

“There needs to be a presumption against the release of dangerous sex offenders.”

Ms Roberts said electronic monitoring was not sufficient and if a condition was breached it would be too late for the victim.

“The biggest winners appear to be sex offenders,” she said.

She called for the Government to release a review of its Dangerous Sex Offenders Act, which was completed 18 months ago.