Updated July 11, 2012, 12:41 pm
Sex offenders policy dangerous: Qld police
"Queensland has passed new laws to jail child-sex criminals who reoffend for a minium of 20 years.
Queensland police fear life sentences for repeat child-sex offenders may push more attackers to kill their victims to eliminate witnesses.
The Queensland government passed a two-strike policy against child-sex offenders on Tuesday.
An adult already convicted of a serious child-sex offence will face a mandatory life jail sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years if they commit another serious offence against a child.
A Queensland Police Service letter warned the government it could have unintended consequences.
"... as the proposed 20-year non-parole period will apply for both murder and repeat child-sex offences, an offender may consider killing the child victim to evade punishment under the rationale there is little incentive to leave a child witness alive," it said.
The letter, submitted to the government in June when the tougher laws were only a proposal, also warned there may be a reduction in reporting of child-sex offences in families where a witness does not want the offender to face life in prison."
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