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Vengeance killer plans to make Toowoomba home

A VENGEANCE killer who targets families of ex-lovers plans to set up an art studio in Toowoomba.

Murderer Damon Frank Calanca's bid to call the Darling Downs home remains on hold following a brief Brisbane Supreme Court hearing on Friday where the Crown earned time to decide whether or not it would help the killer earn parole.

The 48-year-old painter was jailed for life in 1994 for the callous murder of 17-year-old school student Gabriel Meyer.

Calanca killed the north Queensland lad because Gabriel's sister ended their relationship.

On January 12, 1993, the father-of-one poisoned Mr Meyer before suffocating him with a plastic bag and dumping his body in a shallow grave near Innisfail.

Calanca became eligible for parole on February 1, 2006, and has had his bid for freedom rejected three times because of the risk he will kill again.

On Friday, Justice Martin Burns gave the DPP a month to think about telling Calanca how to reduce his risk to the community.

"The respondent is directed to decide within 28 days whether to give to the applicant and to Queensland Corrective Services an indication as to any improvements or activities that will be of benefit in reducing the risk posed to the community by the applicant," Justice Burns said.

Calanca's indigenous paintings have hung in Toowoomba galleries.

Calanca was raised in a strict Jehovah's Witnesses family in the Tully region

He served 200 hours of community service after trying to kill another man after a woman rejected Calanca.

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