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Kidnapper and rapist with 'psychopathic traits' walks free

A PRISONER who kidnapped and repeatedly raped a woman after escaping jail in 2001 has been released despite allegedly threatening to visit a family grave in Coffs Harbour "regardless of restrictions".

Ronald Anderson was sentenced to 13 years prison after he and a co-offender abducted an innocent woman and subjected her to repeated "extremely violent" rapes across various locations in 2001.

He committed the crimes after escaping from jail where he was serving a decade-long sentence for a string of violent attacks, including maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Anderson only had about seven months remaining before he became eligible for parole when he escaped.

Several experts have deemed him a high risk of re-offending and noted he had returned positive drug tests on several occasions while in custody, despite drug abuse being one of his "triggers".

Psychiatrist Dr Richard Furst diagnosed Anderson as possessing psychopathic traits.

"The plaintiff also points to a note dated September 17, 2015 which records that the defendant plans to visit a family grave in Coffs Harbour 'regardless of restrictions' that might be imposed by those administering an extended supervision order," NSW Supreme Court Justice Peter Hamill said.

"Counsel put to me that the defendant denied making such a statement and that I should treat the notation with caution."

Anderson was due to be released on Saturday.

Justice Hamill issued a 28-day order to keep him under strict supervision in the community before he returns to court next month.

He will be required to undergo psychiatric examinations in the meantime.

The State of NSW is likely to apply for an extended supervision or detention order, which would keep Anderson in prison despite his sentence expiring.

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