Notorious sex offender acquitted of rape
A DANGEROUS sexual predator that was facing a rape charge has been acquitted.
Thomas Andrew Larry, 36, pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to raping a woman he befriended on an Ipswich-bound train earlier this year.
The woman had been travelling to visit family at Booval when she struck up a conversation with Larry on January 19.
The court heard the two alighted the train together at Wacol in the search of alcohol.
The woman claimed it was then Larry raped her in bushland near the station.
However, the jury was not convinced the sex was not consensual and took less than two hours on Wednesday to reach a not guilty verdict.
Earlier in the trial, the court ordered Larry be arraigned using only his first and last name given his shocking criminal history in case a juror decided to do their own investigative work.
Judge David Reid deemed the news articles which would have appeared under any Google search would have been highly prejudicial in his trial.
Larry is one of Queensland's most notorious sex offenders.
His history of criminal offences includes a conviction for aggravated assault of a woman in Cairns in 1996 and a five-year prison stretch for an assault causing grievous bodily harm in 1997.
Larry has two previous sexual offence charges which included serving eight-years for attempted rape after he broke into a woman's house in 2002.
Larry received a further three-months jail for flashing his genitals at a teacher during a course at the Lotus Glen Correctional Facility near Mareeba in 2008.
Larry was again charged, but not prosecuted, for allegedly trying to pull a Townsville Correctional Centre nurse towards him to examine his penis in 2010.
The former Bligh government was unsuccessful in its bid to keep Larry behind bars when his sentence expired in 2011.
He was released under strict supervision orders, but found himself in trouble in December last year after he admitted he had smoked fake marijuana which resulted in returning to his accommodation late at night, thus breaching his curfew.
Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Peter Applegarth decided at the time to continue his conditional release from prison despite Larry's breach of his Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 order.
Less than a month later he was arrested on the rape charge in which he was found not guilty on Wednesday.
Larry, who remains in custody, can now apply to the court to be released.