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Name: Robert John Fardon (Robert Fardon)

Age:64 yrs old (2013)

State: QLD - Townsville

Sentence: Sentenced to 14 yrs jail/ Due for release. Released December 2006.....Arrested again in July 2007 after a warrant was issued - breached supervision order. Currently - Feb 2013 in jail - Robert Fardon is to be released from custody at the Wolston Correctional Centre by 4pm Thursday 14-2-2013..
Court of Appeal in Brisbane has ordered that Fardon stay in jail until an appeal is heard on 27-2-2013. Released from jail and is currently housed at the Wacol prison precinct, QLD.

Offence/Other:Robert John Fardon- Violent Serial Rapist.


Update - (14-2-2013) - "Robert Fardon to remain in jail until Feb 27-2013"
The Court of Appeal in Brisbane has ordered that serial rapist Robert John Fardon stay in jail until an appeal is heard against his release later this month. Yesterday the Supreme Court ordered that the notorious sex offender to be released under strict supervision orders. But Queensland's Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie was this afternoon granted a stay on Robert Fardon's release from jail until February 27th, when the appeal is scheduled.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3690652.htm

Update - (13-2-2013) - On Wednesday morning, Justice Mullins published her reasons for granting Fardon release from jail under a strict supervision order.
She ordered that the decision of the Court of Appeal ruling - that Fardon was a "serious danger to the community" in the absence of an ongoing supervision order - be affirmed, but rescinded his continued detention since July 1, 2011.
Justice Mullins ordered Fardon be subject to 34 conditions as part of the supervised release order; including that he notify them of any intimate relationship; not visit any place that housed children or people with intellectual disabilities and that he continue ongoing counselling.
Justice Mullins ordered Fardon, who was not in court today, be released from custody at the Wolston Correctional Centre by 4pm Thursday..-read more below-

2006 - Fardon has spent almost three decades in Townsville and Brisbane jails for serious sex offences against children and women, and was the first prisoner to be detained indefinitely under the state's controversial Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act, which was introduced in 2003.
In 1978 Fardon raped a 12-year-old girl and assaulted her 15-year-old sister. He was released in 1988 and raped again while on parole.
In 1988, less than a month after completing eight years of a 13-year sentence, Fardon raped and sodomised a woman in north Queensland. He was jailed for another 14 years.
Artist impression- Robert John Fardon.

Robert John Fardon


Serial rapist Robert Fardon housed with worst sex predators in Brisbane's Wacol precinct

The state's most notorious sex predator, Robert Fardon, has set up home in one room of a bland double-storey house at Wacol in Brisbane's west.
Down the hall lives Farlane George, an opportunist rapist so violent he left one of his victims with brain damage.
The pair swap stories with a third housemate, Gregory David Kynuna, whose sickening criminal past dates back 26 years and involves terrorising women and kids.
Aerial photo shows the proximity of the Wacol sex offenders' precinct to a local school.
Outside, eight other houses are dotted across the block - just 5km from schools, daycare centres and a train station - and are home to another 16 of Queensland's most dangerous sex monsters.
Welcome to the village of the damned and the never-ending fight to protect the public from dangerous sex pests who could reoffend.
There is CCTV, GPS tracking, spot checks and a wire perimeter, but this is no jail.
They may live on the Wacol prison precinct but the men cannot be locked away forever or completely quarantined from the public.
Each offender is subject to a supervision order governing where they can go, who they can associate with and what they can do.
But most are free to attend appointments, buy groceries and some even have jobs.
Fardon, 65, has one of the strictest orders.
Authorities believe there is a chance Fardon - who has twice previously breached his supervision order - will again reoffend.
Some speculate the restrictions placed on him are so prohibitive it is likely he will snap.
He wears a GPS ankle bracelet which tracks his movements.
Officers from the nearby Corrective Service's Sex Offender Unit constantly check on him, taking urine and oral samples to ensure he has not consumed drugs or alcohol.
He is on a 24-hour curfew, but is allowed to attend supervised medical and legal appointments. He is chaperoned to do his shopping and must cook for himself in a kitchen he shares with George and Kynuna.
Fardon is allowed to have a television, computer and phone - but must hand all his passwords to Corrections officers.
He must tell Government workers if he intends to have consensual sex and who he regularly speaks with.
"He is currently compliant with his order requirements and supervision,'' a department spokesman said yesterday.
"Should Fardon nominate interest in any employment, this will be assessed by Queensland Corrective Services. Fardon is also required to engage in intervention to address his sexual offending behaviour. ''
It is understood Fardon has applied to receive the pension and now receives a fortnightly welfare benefit of $751 - of which about $95 is paid to Corrective Services in rent.
Fardon was released from prison on December 6, scuttling Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's plans to keep him in jail until his death.
Mr Bleijie has not ruled out taking the case to the High Court.
Fardon was first charged with sexual offences when he was 18 years old in the 1960s.
He was then jailed for the rape and assault of a girl, 12, at gunpoint.
Within days of his release in 1988, he was charged with the serious assault of a woman and jailed for 14 years. He has spent most of his adult life in prison.
His roommates have equally long criminal histories. George, 49, is an opportunist rapist.
In 1992, he was jailed for two years for grievous bodily harm after he broke into a woman's home. When she tried to stop him he punched her and knocked her to the ground. Her head hit concrete and she suffered permanent brain damage.
Kynuna, 49, has committed horrific sexual offences against children and violent crimes against women.
In 1987, he broke into a hostel where a number of children on excursion were staying.
He was sentenced to three years' prison for touching a girl in her genitalia.


The Courier-mail (14-12-2013)
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/serial-rapist-robert-fardon-housed-with-worst-sex-predators-in-brisbanes-wacol-precinct/story-fnihsrf2-1226782890657

Serial sex offender Robert Fardon released from Brisbane jail after court rejects bid to keep him behind bars

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon has been released from prison in western Brisbane.
Fardon is being taken to supervised accommodation, after a court rejected a bid by State Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to keep him behind bars indefinitely.
This afternoon, Mr Bleijie withdrew a last-minute application to prevent Fardon's release.
That bid was in response to the Queensland Court of Appeal's earlier declaration that sections of a new Act granting the Attorney-General power over sex offenders were invalid.
Last month, lawyers acting for Mr Bleijie appealed against a decision to release Fardon into supervised prison housing at Wacol in south-west Brisbane.
In October, Parliament enacted controversial new laws giving Mr Bleijie power to override court rulings and keep Fardon and other sex offenders in jail.
Justice John Muir of the Court of Appeal said those laws require the courts to exercise powers repugnant to, or incompatible with, the integrity of the Supreme Court.
In response, lawyers acting for Mr Bleijie immediately applied for a stay on Fardon's release from the Wolston Correctional Centre at Wacol.
Fardon was released shortly after that bid was withdrawn.
He is subject to strict conditions including curfews and electronic monitoring.
His lawyer Daniel O'Gorman says Fardon will comply with court orders.
"He respects the court and he will adhere to the decision of the court," he said.
Mr Bleijie says he has not given up on his special new powers to detain offenders, despite the ruling.
"We have the option now of appealing to the High Court, to have the High Court determine whether the laws are invalid or not.
"This legislation was drafted with solicitor-general advice."
'Justice system has failed victims'
Outside court, Sharon Tomlinson, who was 12 when she was raped by Fardon, says she is appalled by the court's decision.
She says the justice system has failed Fardon's victims.
"The Attorney-General is doing everything possible to keep the community safe from these predators and he's basically being laughed at too," she said.
"They're laughing at the community - it's a bit of a disgrace."
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the State Government's new detention powers were never going to work.
"This is a huge blow for the Attorney-General," she said.
"It's a complete and utter embarrassment.
"What the Court of Appeal is saying is Jarrod Bleijie's laws just don't stack up."


www.abc.net.au (7-12-2013)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-06/sex-offender-robert-fardon-released-from-brisbane-jail/5141464

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Serial sex offender Robert Fardon remains in custody as appeal continues

A Brisbane court has ruled that serial sex offender Robert Fardon will remain in jail pending the outcome of an appeal against his release.
Fardon has spent about half of his adult life in jail for crimes against women and children, and was given an indefinite sentence in 2003.
But during a periodic review last month a judge ordered he be released under strict supervision.
Fardon was freed last Friday but within hours Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie sought an appeal that saw the sex offender returned to prison.
Justice Philip Morrison today granted the Crown a stay, meaning Fardon will remain in prison until the outcome of the appeal is known.
That could take several weeks.
Justice Morrison cited reports from psychologists indicating Fardon had a high risk of re-offending if exposed to drugs and alcohol in the community.
He argued the primary judge gave insufficient weight to that evidence when deciding to release Fardon from his indefinite jail term.
Fardon was taken to hospital on Sunday for a medical assessment but has since returned to jail.


www.abc.net.au (10-10-2013)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-10/fardon-remains-in-custody-as-appeal-continues/5014952

Serial rapist Robert Fardon back in prison after hospital stay

Notorious sex offender Robert Fardon is being moved back to prison after a short stint in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The 64-year-old was admitted on Sunday for a medical assessment.
Fardon has spent half his adult life in jail and was given an indefinite sentence in 2003 for crimes against women and children.
Last Friday he was released from Wacol jail after a Supreme Court judge upheld a ruling that he should be released from indefinite detention.
But within hours of being set free he was re-arrested after the State Government was awarded a stay of proceedings in the Court of Appeal.
An appeal hearing tomorrow will determine whether he will be released.
During Fardon's annual sentence review last week, two psychiatrists testified that Fardon represented a moderate risk of reoffending if he were to be released under a strict supervision order.
The Supreme Court heard Fardon had previously been assessed as a psychopath by Australian standards.
But one psychiatrist told the court he was less likely to reoffend due to his age as the risk of someone in their 60s committing rape is lower than someone in their 30s.
During the review Justice Peter Lyons noted Fardon's attitude had changed from five years ago.
He also acknowledged that he had accepted GPS monitoring and said if Fardon did not comply with supervision orders, he was likely to die in jail.


www.abc.net.au (8-10-2013)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/serial-rapist-robert-fardon-back-in-prison-after-hospital-visit/5010024

Notorious serial rapist Robert John Fardon to be released from Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital

Sexual predator Robert John Fardon will soon be released from a secure hospital bed and sent back to jail.
Fardon has been in Princess Alexandra Hospital’s secure unit, believed to be undergoing blood tests, since Friday.
He will return to Wolston Correctional Centre but it may just be for a matter of weeks.
Queensland Court of Appeal will tomorrow hear Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie’s 11-th hour appeal to keep the sexual predator locked away.
Fardon was released into the community for just hours before Mr Bleijie appealed and a warrant was issued for the prisoner’s arrest.


The Courier-Mail (8-10-2013)
Renee Viellaris/ Naomi Lim
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/notorious-serial-rapist-robert-john-fardon-still-in-brisbane-princess-alexandra-hospital

Serial rapist to spend night behind bars

Serial rapist Robert Fardon is heading back to jail after his bid for freedom was short-lived.
Corrective Services says Fardon is likely to be back behind bars in Brisbane sometime on Friday night after the department received a warrant for his arrest.
Queensland's Court of Appeal ordered the warrant to be issued just two hours after the notorious sex offender was released from his cell.
"We expect him to be back there at some stage tonight, we're just not sure when," a Corrective Services spokesman told AAP on Friday.
Fardon was freed at 4pm (AEST) on Friday after Supreme Court judge Peter Lyons refused an application to delay his release.
But Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie went to the Court of Appeal to keep Fardon locked up.
Before the matter was heard, Mr Bleijie told the media he would do everything in his power to keep Fardon in prison.
"The fight is not over," Mr Bleijie told reporters.
"I simply will exhaust all legal opportunities and avenues available to me as attorney-general."
As Mr Bleijie was addressing the media, Corrective Services said Fardon had been released into the emergency accommodation area of Wacol prison.
Two hours later, at 6pm, the Court of Appeal adjourned the hearing to Wednesday and ordered Fardon be kept in custody until then.
Justice Phillip Morrison ordered a warrant to be issued for Fardon's arrest.
Mr Bleijie is seeking a stay on Justice Lyon's order, so Fardon is kept in jail while an appeal against the decision to free the sex offender is heard.
Any appeal wouldn't be heard for two to three weeks, the court heard.
Justice Morrison said as it appeared there were reasonable grounds for the appeal, an interim stay on Justice Lyons' release order was required.
Justice Lyons said lawyers for the attorney-general had failed to convince him that his earlier decision to release Fardon from indefinite detention was wrong.
If Mr Bleijie fails in his bid to keep Fardon jailed until an appeal is heard, the serial rapist will be released at 4pm Wednesday when the interim stay on the order expires.
Fardon has spent most of his adult life in prison.
He has been convicted of sex offences against women and girls dating back to 1967, when he was 18.


AAP (6-10-2013)
Melissa Grant
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/serial-rapist-to-spend-night-behind-bars/story-e6frfku9-1226733301593

Serial rapist Robert Fardon to be released from jail

A victim of serial rapist Robert John Fardon said it was “really scary” that a criminal psychopath was to be released into the community.
Sharon Tomlinson, who was raped by Fardon when she was 12, said it was “a very bad decision” by Justice Peter Lyons, who is yet to set a fixed date for Fardon’s release from jail.
Ms Tomlinson, who was in the Supreme Court when Justice Lyons handed down his decision, predicted Fardon would reoffend.
She said the decision to release Fardon would be at a cost to someone else.
“He will reoffend. There is no doubt in my mind,” Ms Tomlinson said.
She appealed to Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to do whatever possible to stop Fardon’s release.
“We call on (Premier) Campbell Newman’s contingency plan,” Ms Tomlinson said.
“We want to know what you are going to do to keep this predator off the streets and our kids and our women safe.”
Ms Tomlinson said Fardon turned and looked at her twice in court, and again turned around to stare at her after she asked him not to.
“He’s a defiant psychopath,” she said.
Ms Tomlinson said she was fearful.
“The most thing I’m fearful about is him hurting somebody else,” she said.
“...It’s up to everybody to say enough is enough.”
Fardon, 64, was the first prisoner to be given an indefinite jail sentence in 2003 because of his shocking criminal history.
Fardon, who has long grey hair and a beard and was wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans, sat quietly in the Supreme Court dock as Justice Lyons handed down his written decision.
Justice Lyons said he was prepared to order Fardon’s release subject to a supervision order.
He said he would make the release order in the near future.
Earlier this year the Supreme Court granted Fardon supervised release to live in the Wacol precinct.
But after an appeal by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, the Court of Appeal overturned Fardon’s release and ordered his case be heard again, with him allowed to adduce new evidence.
In his latest appeal to the Supreme Court, Fardon’s lawyers said he should be released because he was older, settled, less angry and less likely to commit serious offences.
The court was told Fardon had given a firm undertaking to comply with any court-enforced conditions, including wearing a GPS monitor.
However two consulting psychiatrists said Fardon’s prospects of coping adequately, even under supervision, in the community were not promising.
Outside the court, a spokesperson for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said another appeal was likely.
Fardon has spent most of his adult life in prison because of sex offences that began in 1966 when he was 18.
He was first given a bond for attempted carnal knowledge of a girl under 10.
Fardon was then jailed for the rape and assault of a girl, 12, at gunpoint.
Within days of his release in 1988, he was charged with the serious assault of a woman and jailed for 14 years.


The Courier-Mail (27-9-2013)
Kay Dibben
http://www.couriermail.com.au/national-news/queensland/serial-rapist-robert-fardon-to-be-released-from-jail/story-fnii5v6w-1226728397837#ixzz2gVxFTNZ5

History of sex offender Robert Fardon

1967 - First convicted, age 18, for attempted unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl aged under 10. Released on a good behaviour bond.
1978 - Raped and indecently dealt with a 12-year-old girl and wounded her 15-year-old sister who had come to her aid. Absconded to the Northern Territory, but was caught and sentenced to 13 years' jail.
1988 - Released after serving eight years. While on parole he travelled without authority to Townsville.
- 20 days after he had been released from custody, he engaged in a prolonged violent assault upon a woman who he said had offered him sex in return for drugs.
- Convicted of rape, sodomy and assault occasioning bodily harm. Sentenced to 14 years.
2003 - November 6 became the first person in Queensland to be detained under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
2006 - Released September 27 subject to a supervision order containing 32 conditions.
2007 - Broke the order three times in 2007; he attended a school on a pre-arranged visit, disobeyed a curfew restriction, and travelled without authority to Townsville.
- Returned to custody, but in October was again released on a supervision order.
2008 - Again detained in April following a complaint of rape made by a 61-year-old intellectually disabled woman. The conviction was later quashed and Fardon acquitted.
2010 - November 25 applied for the dismissal of the related contravention proceeding or for release on an interim basis until that proceeding could be determined.
2011 - May: Supreme Court Justice Julie Dick ordered Fardon should be released under strict supervision, but that order was stayed while the attorney-general's appeal was heard.
- July 1: Appeal upheld by Appeal Court and Fardon was ordered be detained indefinitely.
2013 - Supreme Court Justice Debbie Mullins orders Fardon be released back into the community on a supervision order containing 34 conditions. Attorney-General may appeal the decision.
- March 29: The Court of Appeal grants Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's application to overturn, but order the case to return to Supreme Court for judge to consider new evidence.
- Sept 23-24: Review of Fardon's indefinite detention in the Supreme Court.
- Sept 27: Justice Peter Lyons rules that Fardon should be released under a strict supervision order, which he says would protect the community from him reoffending.
- Attorney-General seeks urgent advice from the solicitor-general on appealing the decision.


www.brisbanetimes.com.au (27-9-2013)
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/history-of-sex-offender-robert-fardon-20130927-2uj2x.html#ixzz2gSKGZCrM

Robert Fardon lawyer insists rapist is no threat

Lawyers for jailed serial Queensland sex offender Robert Fardon say members of the public won't be in danger if he's released under strict conditions.
But the Crown says Fardon has breached court orders in the past and will do it again.
The 64-year-old repeat rapist has returned to the Supreme Court in Brisbane for the second day of a periodic review of his indefinite jail term.
Fardon's barrister Dan O'Gorman said if Fardon was released under a supervision order, the risk to the community could be managed.
He said there had been important developments in his client's case in the last 15 months.
He'd developed insight into his behaviour and he was older and less likely to reoffend, Mr O'Gorman said.
He said two assessing psychiatrists believed Fardon's risk to the community could be managed by a supervision order, which the long-term prisoner had promised to abide by.
But barrister for the state attorney-general Jonathan Horton said Fardon had breached supervision orders before.
"A very reliable predictor of a person's behaviour is how they behaved in the past...(Mr Fardon) has a very long history of very serious offending," he told the court.
Mr Horton said although Fardon had built a rapport with his psychologist, there was no evidence his behaviour had changed substantially.
In 2003, Fardon became the first person detained indefinitely under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
He has been convicted of sex offences against women and girls dating back to 1967, when he was 18.
The Supreme Court ordered the rapist be released on a strict supervision order earlier this year but an appeal by the attorney-general saw that overturned.
The hearing continues.


www.brisbanetimes.com.au (24-9-2013)
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/robert-fardon-lawyer-insists-rapist-is-no-threat-20130924-2ub89.html#ixzz2gVomw372

Victims wait on rapist's freedom bid

Victims of notorious Queensland sex offender Robert Fardon face another wait to learn if he will be released from jail.
A Supreme Court judge on Tuesday reserved his decision on whether the 64-year-old should be allowed out under strict supervision.
Justice Peter Lyons presided over a periodic review of Fardon's indefinite jail term on Monday and Tuesday.
The review heard from two psychiatrists who had assessed the risk of Fardon reoffending, Fardon's prison psychologist and the prisoner himself.
Psychiatrists Michael Beech and Donald Grant said Fardon posed a moderate to high risk of raping again if released into the community.
If released into supervised accommodation, they said the risk to the public was moderate.
Dr Beech said Fardon was a psychopath according to one measure.
Dr Grant said the serial rapist's advancing age made him less of a risk to the public than he otherwise would be.
Fardon's psychologist Nick Smith said his client had expressed remorse for his actions and was becoming more engaged during therapy.
The prisoner's barrister Dan O'Gorman said his client's risk to the community could be contained by a supervision order.
He said there had been "important developments" in his client's case in the last 15 months.
These included that he had developed insight into his behaviour, that he was older and less likely to reoffend, and that he had not breached prison rules for some time.
But barrister for the Queensland attorney-general Jonathan Horton said Fardon had breached supervision orders before.
"A very reliable predictor of a person's behaviour is how they behaved in the past ... (Mr Fardon) has a very long history of very serious offending," he told the court.
Mr Horton said although Fardon had built a rapport with his psychologist, there was no evidence his behaviour had changed substantially.
In the witness stand, Fardon said he was willing to comply with the terms and conditions of a supervision order, despite admitting breaching previous orders twice before.
In 2003, Fardon became the first person detained indefinitely under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
He has been convicted of sex offences against women and girls dating back to 1967, when he was 18.
The Supreme Court ordered the rapist be released on a strict supervision order earlier this year but an appeal by the attorney-general saw that overturned.
Justice Lyons reserved his decision to a later date.


au.news.yahoo.com (24-9-2013)
http://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/19085425/qld-sex-offender-wont-be-a-danger-lawyer/

Delay in QLD sex offender's freedom bid

Victims of notorious Queensland sex offender Robert Fardon will have to wait at least another five weeks to learn if he will be released from jail.
Fardon appeared in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Monday for a periodic review of his indefinite jail term.
The hearing had been set down for one day but Justice Peter Lyons ordered the matter be heard over two days next month.
Before the case was adjourned on Monday, barrister Peter Davis, for the Queensland attorney-general, said psychiatrists had downgraded the risk Fardon posed to the community.
Mr Davis said that risk was now considered to be in the moderate range, as long as he complied with supervision orders.
Previously psychiatrists had said Fardon was a moderately high to high risk of reoffending.
But Mr Davis said Fardon had breached supervision orders after being released before.
"The real issue, in our submission, is whether or not he will do that," Mr Davis told Justice Lyons.
The court was told Fardon had said in an affidavit he would comply with his supervision orders.
In 2003, he became the first person detained indefinitely under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
He has been convicted of sex offences against women and girls dating back to 1967, when he was 18.
The Supreme Court ordered the rapist be released on a strict supervision order earlier this year but a successful appeal by Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie overturned the decision.
His hearing has been set down for September 23 and 24.


AAP (19-8-2013)
http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/newshome/18558949/delay-in-qld-sex-offenders-freedom-bid/

Heinous act claimed my innocence

Not a day has gone by over the past 35 years that Sharon Tomlinson has not thought about being raped and assaulted at gunpoint at the age of 12.
Ms Tomlinson talks of herself as a survivor, not a victim, but that horrifying attack in 1978 has shaped her life.
"He took my innocence," she said. "I have managed to fumble my way through life but what he did has affected me forever."
It wasn't the first time for her attacker, Robert John Fardon.
Eleven years earlier he had been convicted of attempted unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl aged under 10 and released on a good behaviour bond.
Ms Tomlinson said she could only wonder if things would have been different had he been given a tougher sentence. In 1998, within 20 days of being allowed out on work release after serving his minimum term for the rape of Ms Tomlinson, Fardon assaulted another woman.
He was convicted of rape, sodomy and assault.
In a way, Ms Tomlinson feels lucky because in Queensland, where the attack took place, Fardon, now 64, has been declared a threat to the community and detained indefinitely. She is speaking out because she wants NSW judges to know the impact of sexual assault on a young mind and body.
"Sexual abuse of a child is a life sentence for that child but the predators get a slap on the wrist," she said. "It is telling victims that this is all you are worth."


The Daily Telegraph (25-3-2013)
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/heinous-act-claimed-my-innocence/story-e6frg6n6-1226604506799

Rapist Robert Fardon has incurable 'psychopathic personality' and should stay in jail, court hears

Judgement on whether Queensland's most notorious pedophile, Robert John Fardon, gets released has been reserved to a date yet to be fixed.
Infamous violent rapist Robert John Fardon has an incurable "psychopathic personality" disorder and should remain locked up indefinitely until he completes a sex offender treatment program, a court has been told.
The Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Monday was told an eminent psychiatrist was of the view Fardon, 64, could not yet be successfully managed if released back into the community unless he underwent a treatment program.
Queensland Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff, QC, acting for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, argued medical evidence suggested Fardon had so far refused to undergo treatment "in the form offered" and was a "moderate to high risk of reoffending'' if released.
Mr Sofronoff said psychiatrist Dr Donald Grant had formed an opinion Fardon had an incurable disorder, but that treatment may give the rapist some insight into his sexual offending.
The submissions came as the Mr Bleijie attempts to overturn a decision by a Supreme Court judge's orders to release Fardon from prison and back into the community.
Justice Mullins a fortnight ago ruled Fardon be released from his indefinite jail sentence under strict supervision and be subjected to a list of very onerous conditions.
Justice Mullins, in ordering Fardon's release, found the rapist remained a "serious danger to the community'' in the absence of an ongoing supervision order, but rescinded an order requiring his continued detention since July 1, 2011.
She found Fardon could be adequately managed in the community order with 34 conditions, including that he notify authorities of any intimate releationship, not visit any place were children of people with intellectual disabilities resided, abstained from alcohol, obey a curfew and wear a GPS tracking device.
In June 2003, Fardon, then aged 54, became the first person detained indefinitely - having already served the full-term of his prison sentence - under Queensland's then controversial Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
Fardon has so far spent all but five years of his adult life in jail for sexual offences against women and children.
Fardon's immediate release was promptly blocked when Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie was granted a stay by Justice John Muir pending an appeal.
Fardon hit a similar hurdle in May 2011 when then Labor Attorney-General Paul Lucas lodged an appeal against a decision by then Acting Supreme Court judge Julie Dick to grant Fardon conditional release.
Mr Lucas's appeal, assuring Fardon's continued indefinite incarceration, was granted when Chief Justice Paul de Jersey, sitting in the Court of Appeal, said the substantial concern was Fardon's demonstrated unwillingness to submit fully to a supervised regime.
He was released under a strict supervision order in 2006 but was detained two years later after being apprehended, charged and then convicted of rape.
Fardon was jailed for 10-years for the rape in 2010, but the conviction was quashed on appeal.
Fardon has so far spent all but five years of his adult life in jail for sexual offences against women and children.
The hearing continues.


Courier-mail (27-2-2013)
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/rapist-robert-fardon-has-incurable-psychopathic-personality-and-should-stay-in-jail-court-hears/story-e6freoof-1226586779113

Rape victim says she is appalled at release of Robert Fardon

The victim of Queensland's most notorious rapist has pleaded with the court to today keep him behind bars for fear he will reoffend.
Sharon Tomlinson, who was just 12 years old when Robert John Fardon brutally raped her at gunpoint 35 years ago, says a judge's decision to free him from an indefinite jail term was "a slap in the face" for all child sex survivors.
"I am mortified - the biggest thing that I'm angry about is they've released a predator and someone else is now at risk," she said yesterday.
"It's appalling, it's a joke, it's a slap in the face."
Fardon, 64, was yesterday granted release by Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins after last week telling the court he was a changed man after undergoing intensive therapy.
Justice Mullins ordered Fardon be released from custody at the Wolston Correctional Centre by 4pm today and taken to the Wacol precinct, where he would be fitted with a GPS tracker and inducted.
However, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will apply for an immediate stay of the order to release Fardon and has instructed Crown Law to appeal against the decision by the Supreme Court to release him.
In deciding to free Fardon, Justice Mullins ordered he be subject to 34 conditions under the supervised release order, including that he notify them of any intimate relationship, not visit any place that housed children or people with intellectual disabilities and that he continue ongoing counselling.
Justice Mullins said she was satisfied the community could be adequately protected from the risk of sexual reoffending if Fardon was managed by the supervised order.
She said: "It is common ground that he is not a pedophile and does not have a sexual paraphilia but that his sexual offending occurred in the context of his psychopathic personality disorder and was aggravated by alcohol and substance abuse."
Fardon was the first person detained indefinitely past his release date under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act in 2003 and has spent all but five years of his adult life in jail for sexual offences against women and children.
He was released under a strict supervision order in 2006 but was detained two years later after being charged and then convicted of rape.
Fardon was jailed for 10 years in 2010 for the rape but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction. The following year the Court of Appeal upheld an urgent application by then Attorney-General Paul Lucas to keep him behind bars.
Ms Tomlinson said she had now set up a registered non-profit organisation and charity called Serendipity Falls for victims like her.
"Someone has got to speak for us," she said.


The Courier-mail (14-2-2013)
Alison Sandy/ Brooke Baskin
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/rape-victim-says-she-is-appalled-at-release-of-robert-fardon/story-fnat7jnn-1226577451927


Sharon has also set up a Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/messages/sharon.tomlinson.7

Serial rapist Robert Fardon wins appeal for release under supervised court order

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is considering appealing a decision that would see a serial rapist walk free from prison on Valentines Day.
A spokeswoman for Ms Bleijie said he was exploring his legal options after the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted Robert John Fardon, 64, release from jail under a strict supervision order.
“The Attorney-General is concerned about the outcome today and is currently considering his options for appeal,” she said.
Child protection advocate Hetty Johnston said Fardon's victims were appalled by the ruling to release him.
She said the decision "trashes the very notion of community safety".
"Fardon is not a changed man; he's a psychopath," the Bravehearts founder said.
"He's only ever going to be one breath away from snapping."
Fardon, 64, appeared before Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins last week and told of insights he had gained through counselling, pleading his case for release to the Wacol precinct under a supervised court order.
On Wednesday morning, Justice Mullins published her reasons for granting Fardon release from jail under a strict supervision order.
She ordered that the decision of the Court of Appeal ruling - that Fardon was a "serious danger to the community" in the absence of an ongoing supervision order - be affirmed, but rescinded his continued detention since July 1, 2011.
Justice Mullins ordered Fardon be subject to 34 conditions as part of the supervised release order; including that he notify them of any intimate relationship; not visit any place that housed children or people with intellectual disabilities and that he continue ongoing counselling.
Justice Mullins ordered Fardon, who was not in court today, be released from custody at the Wolston Correctional Centre by 4pm Thursday.
He will likely be collected from the prison by the Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance Unit and taken to the Wacol precinct where he would be fitted with a GPS tracker and be inducted.
Fardon was the first person detained indefinitely past his release date under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act in 2003 and has spent all but five years of his adult life in jail for sexual offences against women and a 12-year-old girl.
He was released under a strict supervision order in 2006 but was detained two years later after being charged and then convicted of rape.
Fardon was jailed for 10 years for the rape in 2010 but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction.
He became the subject of national media attention in 2011 when the Court of Appeal heard an urgent application by then-Attorney-General Paul Lucas to keep the violent rapist behind bars.
The Court of Appeal subsequently upheld the application and overturned an order made by a Supreme Court judge that granted Fardon limited freedom.
During the hearings discussing Fardon's release, forensic psychologist Nick Smith and psychiatrists Dr Donald Grant and Dr Michael Beech gave evidence to determine the risks associated with granting Fardon a supervised release order.
In October, Mr Smith diagnosed Fardon with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by childhood trauma that started when he was just 7.
Mr Smith said he was working with Fardon to help him "regulate his inner-world", adding the serial rapist engaged with him in "increasingly productive ways" and had even improved his relationship with corrective services staff.
Dr Grant was not convinced a diagnosis of PTSD was correct and suggested it was indicative of Fardon's age and the subsequent stress of being incarcerated.
"He's a man who started off in prison quite high in the pecking-order and quite dominant and where he has felt quite secure because of his reputation," he said.
He said Fardon had a complex psychopathy that featured some of the symptoms of PTSD.
"It describes the stress of prison life and the hyper-vigilance but I have never felt his anxiety disorder could be classified as PTSD," Dr Grant said.
Dr Beech said there was a theme in Fardon's responses that reflected a desire to change his attitude.
"He has said openly for the first time he will co-operate and abide by the rules," he said.
"In a perfect world I'd look for contrition, empathy and remorse but that's probably too much to ask."
Dan O'Gorman SC, for Fardon, argued the outlook was optimistic.
Jonathon Horton SC, for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, wanted Fardon to remain in jail to continue his treatment.


The Courier-Mail (13-2-2013)
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/serial-rapist-robert-fardon-wins-appeal-for-release-under-supervised-court-order/story-e6freoof-1226576875766

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Sex offender Fardon wants to leave jail

Notorious serial rapist Robert John Fardon says intensive sessions with a psychologist should allow him to be released back into the community.
In the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday, Fardon was cross-examined for the first time on claims he is suitable to be released from an indefinite jail sentence on a strict supervision order.
Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins will deliver her judgment on February 13.
If he is released, a strict supervision order could cover Fardon's relationships, alcohol and drug consumption and movements in public places, as well as his medical and psychiatric treatment.
Now aged 64, Fardon has spent all but five years of his adult life in jail. In 2003 he was the first person detained indefinitely under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
In 2006 he breached a strict supervision order when he raped a Townsville woman and was jailed again.
The hearing was told Fardon had undergone therapy with psychologist Nicholas Smith since June and Mr Smith believed the notorious sex offender could have been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Mr Smith said the PTSD symptoms were related to trauma Fardon experienced as a child, since about the age of seven.
Fardon told the court he would now abide by directions from Corrective Services officers if placed on a supervision order.
"I have had seven to eight months of weekly consulting with Mr Smith and his visits gave me insight into the issues which I have come to terms with and opened me to cooperate with programs," he said.
He said the brutal system at old Boggo Road prison, where he was jailed in 1979, had revived his childhood trauma but he was addressing those issues.
Fardon said if he was confronted with problems he would return home to wait for Mr Smith and then discuss them with him.
But Jonathon Horton SC said Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie wanted Fardon to remain in jail to continue treatment.


AAP (8-2-2013)

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon makes case for release under court order

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon has told a court he has newfound "insight" and has even penned a manifesto detailing how he will stop himself from relapsing if he is released from an indefinite jail sentence.
Fardon, 63, took to the witness stand before Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins on Thursday to plead his case for release to the Wacol Precinct under a supervised court order.
A decision will be made next Wednesday.
Fardon told the court weekly sessions with forensic psychologist Nick Smith had given him new insight and understanding of the issues he faced and "opened" the door for him to finally co-operate with the Department of Corrective Services.
"I entered a regime back in late 1979-80, a brutal regime which was called the Boggo Road prison and the attitudes, behaviours and presentations I had before I went in were basically reinforced," Fardon said in an effort to explain his change-of-heart.
"(Dr Smith) has addressed with me the different issues that I had which has given me insight and understanding of the issues confronting me.
"It has opened me up to becoming more susceptible to changing myself."
The court heard Fardon did not undertake the most recent "transitions" program that prepares prisoners for life in the community because it was "too theoretical" and irrelevant.
"That experience to me (should have been) how to operate an ATM machine or obtain tickets from a vending machine at the train station," he said.
The court also heard Fardon had undertaken the program twice before.
Mr Smith and psychiatrists Dr Donald Grant and Dr Michael Beech were also called to give evidence at the hearing to determine the risks associated with granting Fardon a supervised release order.
Mr Smith detailed how Fardon had approached him with a "relapse prevention plan" that he had written himself and identified a number of triggers that could prevent him from succeeding on a supervised release order.
In October, Mr Smith diagnosed Fardon with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by childhood trauma that started when he was just 7.
He acknowledged Fardon had also been diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder and had psychopathic tendencies.
Mr Smith said he would try to assist Fardon to "regulate his inner-world", adding he'd engaged with him in "increasingly productive ways" and improved his relationship with staff at DCS.
Dr Grant said he was not convinced a diagnosis of PTSD was correct or whether it might simply be indicative of Fardon's age and the stress of being incarcerated and unable to protect himself as well.
"He's a man who started off in prison quite high in the pecking-order and quite dominant and where he has felt quite secure because of his reputation," he said.
He said Fardon had a complex psychopathology that featured some of the symptoms of PTSD.
"It describes the stress of prison life and the hyper-vigilance but I have never felt his anxiety disorder could be classified as PTSD," Dr Grant said.
Dr Beech said there was a theme in Fardon's responses that reflected a need to change his attitude and responses.
"He has said openly for the first time he will co-operate and abide by the rules," he said.
"In a perfect world I'd look for contrition, empathy and remorse but that's probably too much to ask."
Fardon was the first person detained indefinitely past his release date under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 but has been a regular before the Supreme Court in the nine years since.
He has spent about 30 years in various jails for sexual offences against women and children.
In 2006 he was released under a strict supervision order but breached it when he was charged with rape and later convicted by a District Court jury in 2010.
Fardon was jailed for 10 years on the rape charge but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction.
He became the subject of national media attention in 2011 when the Court of Appeal heard an urgent application by then-Attorney-General Paul Lucas to keep the violent rapist behind bars.
The Court of Appeal subsequently upheld the application by Mr Lucas to overturn an order made by a Supreme Court judge that granted Fardon limited freedom.


The Courier-Mail (7-2-2013)
Brooke Baskin
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/serial-rapist-robert-john-fardon-makes-case-for-release-under-court-order/story-e6freoof-1226572755188

Rapist Robert Fardon to have hearing on status as indefinitely jailed inmate

Notorious rapist Robert Fardon will be given a hearing to review his status as an indefinitely jailed inmate later this year.
Prosecutor Amanda McLean today told the Brisbane Supreme Court a hearing to review Fardon's ongoing detainment under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 could be listed for October 15.
Fardon, who became the first person in Queensland to be detained under the Act, has been in and out of detention for the past nine years.
Queensland laws permit all prisons detained under the law have their detention order reviewed every two years.
Justice Debra Mullins set the matter down for hearing on the date requested by both the Crown and Fardon’s lawyers.
Fardon became the subject of national media attention last year as the Court of Appeal heard an urgent application brought in by then Attorney-General Paul Lucas to keep the violent rapist behind bars.
The Court of Appeal in July last year upheld an application by Mr Lucas to overturn an order made by a Supreme Court judge giving Fardon limited freedom.
In a unanimous judgment, it allowed the appeal to set aside the Supreme Court order and instead ordered Fardon be detained indefinitely for care, control or treatment.
The court found on the psychiatric evidence Fardon remained a risk of reoffending and a supervision order would not adequately protect the community.
In his written judgment, Chief Justice Paul de Jersey, sitting in the Court of Appeal, said of substantial concern was Fardon's demonstrated unwillingness to submit fully to a supervised regime.
Justice de Jersey noted while not obligatory it would have been helpful had Fardon given evidence in his Supreme Court hearing.
In the Supreme Court in Brisbane on May 20 last year, Acting Justice Julie Dick ordered Fardon be released under a supervision regime but the order was stayed to allow Mr Lucas to appeal.


The Courier-mail (14-8-2012)
Tony Keim
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/rapist-robert-fardon-to-have-hearing-on-status-as-indefinitely-jailed-inmate/story-e6freoof-1226449943817

Lock sex monster Robert Fardon up until he dies says woman raped at gunpoint when she was 12

A victim of one of Queensland?s most notorious pedophiles says he destroyed her childhood and is calling on the State Government to ensure he is tracked by GPS if he?s released.
Sharon was just 12 years-old when she was brutally raped at gunpoint by Robert John Fardon.
"I pleaded please, I begged him and he smirked. I fought him and I did fight - everytime I fought, he strangled me until I couldn't breathe and then he let me go," she said angrily.
"He broke me and he took my innocence, my childhood - he took everything a child has.
"I was a 12 year-old little girl."
Fardon, who lived in the same street as Sharon, lured her and her sister back to his house with claims he wanted to show them his newborn baby.
"He grabbed me by the arm, told everybody he was going to rape me and if they moved he would shoot me dead. He dragged me from the living room into the bedroom and barricaded the door there and had me there for about two hours," she said.
"I remember it as clear as if it was yesterday. It's been 33 years, but there hasn't been a day when it's not there in my mind.
"It doesn't go away - especially around Christmas time, it happened a week before Christmas.
"He killed that kid in me, maybe not physically but he killed that child."
Fardon was sentenced to 13 years jail in 1980 for raping and indecently dealing with Sharon and wounding her 15 year-old sister, but was released on parole after serving eight years.
Within 20 days of being freed he committed offences of rape and sodomy and was sentenced to another 14 years.
He was released again in 2006 under a strict supervision order, but breached it when he was charged with rape in 2008, and sent back to jail.
Last year, he was convicted of that rape and sentenced to 10 years. That conviction was overturned and he is now due to be released pending a decision in the Court of Appeal after the Attorney-General applied to keep him in jail.
"Fardon will reoffend there's no doubt in my mind, whether it be a breach, another attack, he will breach if they let him out and let him go today," Sharon said.
"I believe people deserve a chance if you stuff up in life but when you repeat and come out and are given that chance and you blow it.
"I don't want someone to have to live what I've lived and continue to live for the rest of my life - they don't realise the damage it causes to one person. I've had to fight like buggery to get through life."
Now 45, Sharon said the perpetrators had more rights than the victims.
"Who's standing beside the victim? There's nobody standing beside me here, I'm all alone.
"Walk a day in my shoes - walk a day. Spend a day sitting and talking to me and hearing what he did to me and hearing how he had no remorse and how he strangled me about 12 times so I couldn't breathe and then let me go.
"I'm a rape victim, it's not going to make me a rapist.
"It's not an excuse. It's never an excuse, I don't care what he's been through in his life."
Sharon is also furious with the State Government for not introducing GPS tracking for dangerous pedophiles like Fardon when they're released into the community.
"What is a child worth? What is the price of a child," she said.
"(Premier) Anna Bligh has to get her blinkers off ... if it was one of her family members or a child close to her heart, I'm sure she'd have a completely different view."
As a mother of three and grandmother, Sharon still holds fears for her family.
"When all my kids turned 12, it was so hard because you looked at them and thought, that was me. And I'm thinking how could somebody hurt somebody like that?"
Sharon said she's now dedicated her life to helping others.
"I go on the Daniel Morcombe walk - I'll do whatever I can.
"I feel now I survived for a reason because a lot of kids don't survive or if they do, they end up really, really on the wrong track," she said.
"I have an obligation as a survivor I feel to come forward and say, hey, you're not looking at the bigger picture."


The Courier-Mail (3-6-2011)
Alison Sandy

Sex offender Fardon to stay in jail

Queensland's Attorney-General has had a win in a fight to keep one of the state's most notorious sex offenders, Robert John Fardon, behind bars.
Fardon, 62, has been convicted of sex offences against children and women and has spent more than 30 years in jail.
Last month, a Brisbane judge ordered his supervised release.
But lawyers for the Attorney-General say Fardon has breached previous orders and will do so again.
They asked Supreme Court Justice Richard Chesterman to suspend the order until there is a decision from an appeal against it.
This morning, Justice Chesterman agreed to the application.
He found the judge who made the release order did not give enough weight to concerns Fardon would breach it.
Justice Chesterman also said there was an incomplete assessment of the risk Fardon poses to the community.
The appeal against the release order will be heard this later month.
A woman raped by Fardon when she was 12 says she has had to live with the memories of the attack every day for the past 33 years.
"I believe that repeat offenders and serial child paedophiles should be indefinitely sentenced behinds bars," she said.
"I believe in the 'throw away the key' on those sort of offenders and they should never be allowed back into the community.
"Not a day goes past that he is not far from my mind and that day he took away my innocence and stole everything about me as a child - he took.
"Therefore I believe he hasn't got the right to live in the community - he should be locked up."


ABC News (3-6-2011)
Jason Rawlins and Kim Lyell
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/03/3234695.htm

Child rapist Robert John Fardon's supervised release to be appealed on Monday, May 30

BEAST: An appeal against child rapist Robert John Fardon's supervised release will begin on May 30.
BEAST: An appeal against child rapist Robert John Fardon's supervised release will begin on May 30.

Attorney-General Paul Lucas' desperate bid to keep notorious rapist Robert John Fardon in jail has been extended by another three days.
In the Supreme Court in Brisbane today, Acting Justice Julie Dick published her reasons for ordering Fardon be released into the community under strict supervision order.
Mr Lucas had already indicated he would appeal Justice Dick's order, and had asked the matter be stayed until next Friday so arrangements for the appeal could be made.
However, after Justice Dick made the order, Dan O'Gorman, SC, for Fardon, asked the order by stayed until Monday, May 30, because of problems with availability of counsel for the Court of Appeal.
The matter is now likely to be before the Court of Appeal on Monday week.
The Attorney-General had applied to keep Fardon in jail indefinitely, alleging he had contravened a supervision order by attending a venue which sold alcohol and associating with a mentally impaired person.
Lawyers for Fardon had argued his contraventions were trivial and should not prevent Fardon's return to the community.
In her judgment released today, Justice Dick said she was satisfied the alleged contraventions had been proved.
"On the basis of the circumstances of the breaches and the evidence of psychiatrists, I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the adequate protection of the community can be ensured by Fardon being released from custody subject to a supervision order," Justice Dick said.
She said she had been concerned that Dr Grant has assessed that, arising from the Fardon's attitude to authority, there was a high likelihood of future contraventions of any supervision order.
"However, the Act does not contemplate the arrangements to prevent any risk must be "water tight" otherwise orders would never be made," she added.
Fardon, 62, has been in jail almost all of his life since 1980.
He has a criminal history with convictions for property, dishonesty and firearm offences, but is notorious because of his sexual offending.
When 18, in 1966, Fardon pleaded guilty to attempted carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 10 years and was placed on a bond.
In 1980, he pleaded guilty to raping and indecently dealing with a 12-year-old girl and wounding her 15-year-old sister. He was sentenced to 13 years' jail.
Fardon was released on parole after serving eight years of that sentence, but within 20 days of being released from he committed offences of rape and sodomy.
On June 30, 1989, he was convicted after a trial and sentenced to 14 years on those charges.
In 2003, Fardon was the first person detained indefinitely past his release date under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
In 2006, he was released under a strict supervision order but was breached when charged with rape in 2008 and was returned to jail.
Last year, he was convicted of the rape and sentenced to 10 years' jail.
However, late last year the Court of Appeal over-turned the conviction and acquitted Fardon.
The Attorney-General then applied to have Fardon remain in jail for the breaches.

The Courier-Mail (20-5-2011)
Mark Oberhardt
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/child-rapist-robert-john-fardons-supervised-release-to-be-appealed-on-monday-may-30/story-e6freoof-1226059582005

Sex offender Robert Fardon admits he is likely to breach supervision order, court told

Notorious sex offender Robert Fardon had indicated he was a high risk of breaching any supervision order which would see him back in the community, a court heard today.
Peter Davis, SC, was making submissions during a Supreme Court hearing in Brisbane which will decide whether Fardon's strict supervision order will be revoked or if he can be released under control.
He said Fardon's statements to psychiatrists indicated he was a high risk of breaching any order and the only argument seemed to be whether it would be in a general way or a sexual offence.
However, Dan O'Gorman, SC, for Fardon, told the court while Fardon had breached supervision orders in the past they had been of a technical nature and he was unlikely to reoffend in a sexual manner again.
Fardon was the first person detained indefinitely in jail past his full time release date under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
He has spent about 30 years in various jails for sexual offences against women and children.
In 2006, a Supreme Court judge released him under a strict supervision order but he was charged with raping an intellectually-impaired woman and returned to custody.
After a District Court trial, Fardon, 62, was jailed for 10 years on the rape charge but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in November.
He has nevertheless remained in jail because of the breach charges including allegations he went to a licensed premises where alcohol could be served, and he had gone near an intellectually impaired women.
Fardon's lawyers failed in an attempt to have him released under supervision pending a full hearing which was brought forward from June until today.
Actign Justice Julie Dick heard evidence from two psychiatrists who believed he was a moderate to high risk of breaching the supervision orders in a general manner.
Mr O'Gorman said while Fardon accepted he had technically breached the supervision orders it had to be taken in context.
He said Fardon had gone to the club for a counter lunch and not to drink alcohol.
Mr O'Gorman said Fardon had known the woman who was the subject of the rape charge for 50 years and while Fardon accepted she was slow he did not see her as intellectually impaired.
Mr Davis said Fardon had indicated he would not comply with any order and has therefore failed to discharge the onus on him to show he was not a danger to the community.
Justice Dick reserved her judgment.

The Courier-Mail (11-4-2011)
Mark Oberhardt
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/sex-offender-admits-hes-a-community-risk/story-e6freoof-1226037189239

Child rapist to remain in jail

Notorious child rapist Robert John Fardon will remain in jail for several more months before a decision is made on whether he can be released under a strict supervision order, a court heard today.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard a full hearing to allow Fardon's release was set down for June but could be heard earlier.
Fardon was the first person detained indefinitely past his release date under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 but has been a regular before the Supreme Court in the eight years since.
He has spent about 30 years in various jails for sexual offences against women and children.
In 2006 he was released under a strict supervision order but was breached when charged with rape and then convicted by a District Court jury, last year.
Fardon, 62, was jailed for 10 years on the rape charge but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in November.
He remained in jail because of the breach application.
Late last year, his lawyers applied for Fardon to be released under a supervised order pending a further full hearing of the breach allegations.
The Attorney-General, Cameron Dick, opposed the application saying that "irrespective of the acquittal" Fardon breached conditions of his supervised order at the time of the since quashed offence.
Justice Ann Lyons said she was not prepared to consider releasing Fardon until a "risk assessment" - meaning that Fardon be assessed psychiatrically - had been completed.
She ordered that two psychiatrists examine Fardon and she would further consider the matter last week.
In the Supreme Court today, Justice Lyons said Fardon had not satisfied her on the balance of probabilities that he should not remain in custody pending his full breach hearing.
Dan O'Gorman, SC, for Fardon, said he understood the full hearing was set down for June 28 but he was hopeful there could be an earlier hearing.
Justice Lyons indicated she was happy for the hearing to be held earlier if a suitable time could be found for all parties including the psychiatrists.
She made orders for the exchange of documents and information between the parties.

The Courier-Mail (16-2-2011)
Mark Oberhardt
http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/child-rapist-to-remain-in-jail/story-fn6ck45n-1226006917975

Rapist Wanted Beck For Bride

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon wanted to make child killer Valmae Fay Beck his bride after the evil pair fell in love behind prison walls.
Prison records show that in 1998 Fardon asked a pastor if he could buy an engagement ring for Beck through mail order.
Beck, who is serving a life sentence for the 1987 rape and murder of Noosa schoolgirl Sian Kingi (pictured), last night was in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital after heart surgery to install a temporary pacemaker.
The killer, who is only 160cm tall but weighs more than 140kg, was in a medically induced coma and had other complications as a result of diabetes.
Prison sources said the same pastor approached by Fardon had also baptised Beck and other prisoners in a pond at the Townsville Correctional Centre several years ago.
The sources said jail management objected to the baptisms, saying they were in poor taste, but the department's head office over-ruled them.
Two other pastors – a married couple who visited Beck – wanted to adopt her, prison sources said.
Beck and her third husband, Barrie Watts, were both sentenced to life after being convicted of 12-year-old Sian Kingi's brutal murder.
Watts, who is serving his time at Wolston Correctional Centre in Wacol, told detectives he never would have killed Ms Kingi without Beck's help.
Townsville prison sources told The Sunday Mail that Fardon and Beck met at a "butchers' barbecue" at the jail.
The annual event for lifers was put on by the Queensland Indeterminate Prisoner Support Association, of which Beck was president.
"They were in love and in one letter declared their eternal love for each other," a senior prison source said.
Prison sources said their affair went on for several years before Beck transferred to Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre.
It has also emerged that prisoners at the Townsville jail have been provided with extra counselling services in the event that Beck dies.
"The prisoners here are divided over how they feel about her. Those who like her call her Mamma Fay or Nanny Fay. The others will throw cups of urine or food scraps into her cell because of what she did to that poor girl," an officer said.
Security at Beck's cell has been increased.
"In the event that she dies, her cell will become like a crime scene, so it has been sealed off," an officer said.
IF by chance child killer Valmae Beck awakens from her coma in the intensive care unit at Townsville Hospital, one of the first things she will see is a prison officer armed with a gun.
Prison sources told The Sunday Mail that two officers, one of them armed, have been posted at Beck's bedside.
They said the security was more to do with possible reprisals against Beck for her role in the Sian Kingi murder, rather than any perceived threat from the 64-year-old.
Beck's fate, and whether she can survive heart surgery and severe diabetes, has captured the nation's attention.
She has been in Townsville's intensive care unit, which can only be accessed with a security pass, since Tuesday. One of her daughters has been by her bedside and Townsville jail staff have visited.
Prison sources said her impending surgery had been kept under wraps, with even the Queensland Police Service left in the dark.
Police said that if they had been alerted about Beck's condition, there may have been the chance of a last-minute confession.
Police are interested in Beck because she witnessed the murder of Helen Mary Feeney.
Ms Feeney, a 31-year-old Brisbane teaching student and mother, disappeared from Carseldine on Brisbane's northside in October 1987 – the same time Beck and her husband Barrie Watts were on a murderous crime spree.
Watts was acquitted of the murder in 1995. Beck testified against him, saying he had killed Ms Feeney during a bungled car break-in at the Carseldine college.
Beck said Watts later told her he had dumped Ms Feeney's body at the Lowood rubbish tip and watched it burn. No trace of the body was ever found.
Police suspect the body was disposed of elsewhere, and Beck knows the location.
The Sunday Mail revealed last year that Brisbane detectives interviewed Beck and Watts about the location of Ms Feeney's body. Both refused to help.

The Sunday Mail (22-5-2008)
Paula Doneman
 
GPS units being used to track mentally ill but Bligh Government refuses to use them for sex offenders - (QLD 26-5-2011)

Valmae Beck, Robert Fardon evil penpals

Reviled child killer Valmae Beck and serial child rapist Robert Fardon forged an "uncanny" friendship in a Townsville prison.
They shared visits and found God together before becoming penpals, sources reveal.
Two of Australia's most hated criminals spent long hours together chatting and writing over eight years inside high-security Stuart Prison, it has emerged.
Beck, 64, the accomplice in one of the nation's most horrific cases of child rape, torture and murder – the killing of schoolgirl Sian Kingi – was last night clinging to life in intensive care in Townsville Hospital.
The mother of six, who weighs 150kg, is in a coma and expected to die after suffering complications during a taxpayer-funded heart procedure.
Child rapist and sex fiend Fardon has served almost 30 years in jail for serious sex offences against women and children.
Fardon and Beck, who changed her name to Fay Cramb to avoid repeated bashings, met at an annual barbecue for lifers, known as the "murderers picnic", inside Stuart Prison in 1993.
They quickly became close friends, spending supervised visits together with the prison chaplaincy team and working on a prison support group, known as QISPA (Queensland Indeterminate Prisoner Support Association), up until Beck was moved to Brisbane in August 2002.
"They shared an uncanny bond as being outcasts within the prison system," a prison source said. "They also corresponded.
"At one stage a psychologist was enlisted to peruse the content of the letters they were writing to each other, but exactly what they were hatching never fully emerged."
Dr Wendell Rosevear, a medical professional who has treated both Beck and Fardon, said it was obvious why the two much-loathed inmates were drawn to each other.
"When you are rejected by society, you will seek acceptance wherever you can find it," Dr Rosevear, a GP, who has worked in jails since 1975 and runs Men Affected by Rape and Sexual Abuse said.
"And that is why Valmae got involved in the crime in the beginning. She had low self-esteem and sought to be accepted and wanted by (former husband Barrie) Watts.
"They all admitted to me they had done terrible things.
"But they are human beings and human beings need to connect and have love in their life to stay alive."
Dr Rosevear said he understood the public anger towards the pair.
"(But) We need to foster a sense of community in prisons so they are a place of healing rather than zoos where inmates come out like scared animals who don't know how to interact," he said.
Hospital sources said Beck's condition deteriorated slightly yesterday. She was again visited by her next-of-kin Stephanie Gunton while guarded by two prison officers.


The Courier Mail (9-5-2008)
Peter Michael

Serial Rapist Released After 27 Years In Jail

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon has had his first day in the community in almost three decades, after women working in his neighbourhood were issued with electronic alarms to protect themselves.
Fardon, who spent 27 years in prison for violent sex offences, was released in Brisbane on Monday after the Queensland Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by Attorney-General Kerry Shine to have him indefinitely detained.
But the court imposed on the 58-year-old a strict, decade-long supervision order with 32 conditions.
Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence today said Fardon had gone outside his new home and into the community for the day, escorted by members of the Catholic Prison Ministry.
"He's out on day release today," Ms Spence said.
"Essentially he is a free man. He is free to come and go from his house when he wants.
"There are certain conditions about what he can do, for example, keep away from children and other groups of people – but he's not a prisoner in that house."
Ms Spence said Fardon would remain in his house, located in the Wacol prison precinct in Brisbane's outer west, into the "foreseeable future".
"I think it's a good option, because this house is at least a kilometre away from any private residence, it's on a prison estate where people can monitor his movements to a certain extent," Ms Spence said.
"But at the end of the day he is free to go and come from his house as he wishes."
Ms Spence denied reports Fardon had been relocated because photographs of his home were published.
Asked about the photographs, Premier Peter Beattie said he had no sympathy for Fardon.
"The reality is that if you are involved in these sorts of sex offences then I think the media have quite an appropriate right to go out and tell the world about it," Mr Beattie said.
"We didn't want him out. My Government fought tooth and nail. The Court of Appeal has made this decision. It's not our will, our wish, I wish he was still in jail.
"I do not have sympathy for pedophiles and rapists."
It has also been revealed women working for Corrective Services near Fardon's home had been issued with electronic alarms.
Opposition justice spokesman Mark McArdle said the move showed the Government needed to immediately amend its laws.
"It's very clear Corrective Services have a fear for their own female employees," Mr McArdle said.
"They have issued these women with alarm systems.
"What guarantee do we now have that women outside of that system are going to be protected?
"Clearly what the court has identified is this legislation is not going to protect the people of Queensland."
Mr McArdle said Coalition would support recalling Parliament if necessary.
"If a situation becomes critical there's no reason why Parliament can't be recalled if a real danger exists – in fact, there's an obligation on Parliament to deal with the matter," he said.
He said the Government had moved too slowly to introduce electronic monitoring, which are expected to be available for courts to impose by February next year.
Forensic pathologist and criminologist Professor Paul Wilson said the intense scrutiny of Fardon could increase his risk of reoffending.
"I think it's appalling he's being hounded by the media, because if you kick dogs they react viciously and angrily," Prof Wilson said.
"We're more likely to make Fardon reoffend through hounding him and through public scapegoating."
Prof Wilson said he was not defending Fardon's behaviour, but that the community should respect the Court of Appeal's decision.

AAP (7-1-2-2006)
Paul Osborne/ Dave Donaghy/ Christine Flatley

Danger In Our Midst

A group of women working around violent serial rapist Robert John Fardon has been issued personal alarms by the Corrective Services Department.
Fardon, 58, who is a free man, is holed up in a house within the grounds of a southeast Queensland jail.
He can come and go from the property but under the terms of his release after 27 years in jail, will live under restrictions on who he may mix with for the next 10 years.
The supervision order forbids him from having contact with children or those with mental disabilities.
He has been living at the house under the court-ordered supervision of Corrective Services staff since Monday, when the State Government lost a court battle to keep him behind bars.
Prison sources said Corrective Services warned female administrative staff working within the jail that Fardon was staying in the house within the grounds before giving them the alarms.
But a second group of female staff working in a different building less than 200m from Fardon's house has not been given the alarms.
The house, once used for prison guards living on-site, is surrounded by a high fence and has been filled with new furniture for Fardon.
Prison sources say that it is the first time Queensland Corrective Services has taken this approach with any prisoner or former prisoner.
Fardon is undergoing an intense re-integration program to help him adjust to daily life outside of prison.
"He will have to be taught the very basics. It will be baby steps for him," a guard said yesterday.
Fardon was taken out of the Wolston Correctional Centre on Monday.
Just prior to his release, prison guards at Wolston said Fardon shaved off his bushy brown beard and told some staff he felt he "has nowhere to go on the outside".
Fardon has spent almost three decades in Townsville and Brisbane jails for serious sex offences against children and women, and was the first prisoner to be detained indefinitely under the state's controversial Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act, which was introduced in 2003.
In 1978 Fardon raped a 12-year-old girl and assaulted her 15-year-old sister. He was released in 1988 and raped again while on parole.
In 1978, Fardon violently raped a 12-year-old girl and assaulted her 15-year-old sister.
In 1988, less than a month after completing eight years of a 13-year sentence, Fardon raped and sodomised a woman in north Queensland. He was jailed for another 14 years.

Courier Mail (6-12-2006)
Paula Doneman

Serial Rapist To Walk Free Today

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon will be released from a Queensland jail today after an attempt to have him indefinitely detained was dismissed in the Court of Appeal.
Fardon, 58, has spent the last 27 years in prison for violent sexual offences, but will be released from Brisbane's Wacol prison under a strict 10-year, 32-point supervision order.
Queensland Attorney General Kerry Shine last month attempted to keep Fardon in jail.
But the Court of Appeal today upheld Justice Ann Lyon's original decision that there "was not an unacceptable risk that he would commit a serious sexual offence if released" under the order.
Under the order Fardon must remain in Queensland, undertake regular counselling sessions and submit to regular drug and alcohol testing.
He is also forbidden from working with children, visiting parks and public spaces without written permission, providing unsupervised child care, or joining any clubs or affiliations where children might be members.
Fardon was first jailed for raping and wounding a 12-year-old girl in 1978 after he lured her to his house to celebrate the birth of his son.
Within months of his release in 1988 he had raped, sodomised and assaulted a woman in Townsville, in far north Queensland, and was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in June 1989.
His full-term release date was June 30, 2003, but just a few weeks prior to that the state government introduced the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003, aimed at protecting the community by keeping dangerous sexual offenders in jail past their release dates.
Today's decision has angered child protection campaigners, who claim Fardon's release "makes a joke" of the act.
"Like all legislation, we have to rely on the judges to enforce it, to set precedent," anti-pedophile campaigner Hetty Johnston said.
"The decision to release Fardon seriously undermines the legislation and betrays its intention."
However, Susan Bothmann from Wacol Prison's legal service, said Fardon had assured her that he would not re-offend.
"I have Robert's assurance and I can give you Robert's assurance that he does not want to go back to jail again," she said.
"I know he wants to make a new life for himself."
No details are available about where Fardon will reside when he is released, but Ms Bothmann said he would adhere to all conditions in the order.

The Australian (4-12-2006)
www.theaustralian.news.com.au

State Wants Serial Rapist Tagged

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon may be electronically tagged to allow police to monitor him more effectively after his release from a Brisbane prison.
Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence today said the Queensland Government hoped to have new laws allowing electronic monitoring in place by February next year.
She said the Government would consider asking the courts to amend Fardon's release order to include an electronic tag as a condition.
The Queensland Court of Appeal ordered 58-year-old Fardon be released from Brisbane's Wacol Prison after dismissing an appeal by state Attorney-General Kerry Shine to have him indefinitely detained.
Fardon has spent the last 27 years in prison for violent sexual offences, but will be released under a strict 10-year, 32-point supervision order.
Under the order Fardon must undertake regular counselling sessions, and is forbidden from working with children, from visiting parks and public spaces without written permission, or from joining any clubs or affiliations where children might be members.
Fardon was first jailed for raping and wounding a 12-year-old girl in 1978 after he lured her to his house to celebrate the birth of his son.
Within months of his release in 1988, he had raped, sodomised and assaulted a woman in Townsville, in far north Queensland, and was sentenced to 14 years' jail in June 1989.
His full-term release date was June 30, 2003, but just a few weeks prior to that the State Government introduced the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003, aimed at protecting the community by keeping dangerous sexual offenders in jail past their release dates.
Ms Spence said corrective services and police would monitor Fardon's activity, but that they could not guarantee he would be watched 24 hours a day.
She said she would not release details of where Fardon would live but that it would be in an appropriate area for an offender of his nature.
"I can assure you the accommodation he is going to now is a long way from schools and childcare centres, and other residential addresses,'' Ms Spence said.
Fardon's release has angered child protection campaigners, who claim that his release "makes a joke'' of the legal process.
"The decision to release Fardon seriously undermines the legislation and betrays its intention,'' anti-pedophile campaigner Hetty Johnston said today.
However, Susan Bothmann from Wacol Prison's legal service said Fardon had assured her that he would not re-offend.
"I have Robert's assurance and I can give you Robert's assurance that he does not want to go back to jail again,'' she said.
Ms Spence said she was considering making tough new changes to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 in the new year, but would not reveal at this stage what these changes would be.
Opposition legal spokesman Mark McArdle said Fardon should never have been released and he called on Mr Shine to urgently review the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
"The coalition also expect that Fardon's release conditions will be strictly enforced,'' Mr McArdle said.
"Even the slightest breach of any condition should see him back in jail and the keys thrown away.''

AAP (4-12-2006)
Christine Flatley

Rapist Smoked Out Of Suburbs - And Another Is Set To Walk Free

A notorious Queensland sex offender is set to be released from prison within weeks, creating a further headache for the State Government as it struggles to find suitable accommodation for dangerous criminals.
Convicted child rapist Robert John Fardon has already served three years more than his initial sentence.
In a written judgment handed down last month, Justice Ann Lyons said she was satisfied Fardon could be safely released back into the community under a strict supervision order to be in place for 10 years.
But it is understood authorities are having difficulties finding him appropriate accommodation to ensure he is kept away from children.
News of Fardon's imminent release came as the Department of Corrective Services was relocating another criminal following community outrage.
Convicted killer and rapist Paul Vincent Sutherland was released from prison last week under a supervision order -- which did not include restrictions on where he could live -- after the Supreme Court rejected a government appeal to keep him behind bars.
He had moved into a home at Nerang on the Gold Coast, near a park and school, after the department approved it as suitable for short- term accommodation.
However, news of his location yesterday prompted community anger, forcing authorities to relocate him to a secret address.
About 3.30pm yesterday, with his head wrapped in a football scarf, Sutherland emerged from the modest brick residence.
He was whisked away in an unmarked car which was escorted by a police vehicle.
Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence said surveillance on Sutherland would be increased. "Already he is subject to 22 court- ordered conditions, which include surveillance and drug and alcohol testing," she said.
But the Opposition yesterday demanded the Government toughen the laws to ensure "psychopathic killers" were not released.
"You don't just put someone out into the community and expect the police to have a full-time monitoring role for the next 20 years and tell the community that's acceptable," Nationals deputy leader Fiona Simpson said.
Sutherland, 48, has spent 17 years in jail after being convicted of sexually assaulting and killing women in the Bundaberg area in the late 1980s.
Nearby resident and father-of-three Ian Ritchie, 43, said he was happy Sutherland had left the neighbourhood.
"Hopefully it's for good," he said. "My kids come and play in this playground all the time."
Hillary Blundell said she was concerned her daughters, aged 13, 15 and 16, had been put at risk.
"Absolute shock and devastation to think that somebody of this nature could be in such proximity to children," she said.
But grandmother Pat, who also did not want to reveal her surname, said Sutherland had to live somewhere after his release.
"(But) people should be advised that he's in their area so they can stay vigilant," she said.
The latest bungle comes two months after serial child molester Eric Henri Van Dessel sparked outrage when he was discovered living near a Brisbane high school.
The thrice-convicted pedophile later agreed to move.
Residents of the small Queensland town of Roma, six hours' drive west of Brisbane, were also in uproar last year when convicted pedophile Dennis Ferguson moved in.
Ferguson, who served 14 years' jail for the rape of three children, had been run out of Murgon, northwest of Brisbane, a day earlier.

Courier Mail (7-10-2006)
Richard Finnila/ Cameron Atfield/ Phil Bartsch

School Bus 'Only' Transport For Rapist

A school bus is the only public transport available in a remote area where a convicted child rapist plans to stay after his release from prison, a Brisbane court has been told.
Robert John Fardon, 57, had been due for release on June 27, 2003, from the Townsville Correctional Centre after serving a full 14-year sentence for the rape, sodomy and assault of a woman in 1988.
Fardon assaulted the woman while he was on parole, just 20 days after his release from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for raping a 12-year-old and wounding her 15-year-old sister.
This is Fardon's fourth court bid to prove he no longer poses a risk under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
A former prison chaplain who has offered Fardon a place to stay on his release, told the Queensland Supreme Court today that he would be living in a remote area.
The man, whose name has been suppressed, said he was prepared to offer Fardon a temporary place to stay so he could avoid the media when he was freed.
The 40ah property, at a location suppressed by the court, had a main home and four cabins, and the man proposed Fardon would live in the most remote cabin, half way up a mountain.
He said the cabin would have no telephone connected, no mobile phones worked in the area and there was basically no public transport.
"There is a school bus you can catch in the morning and returns in the afternoon," he said, referring to members of the public travelling on it to reach the nearest town.
Yesterday, a psychiatrist who interviewed Fardon for a report for the hearing, testified he may still be a sexual sadist.
Fardon's applications were refused in the Supreme Court in 2003 and in May and December, 2005, as well as appeals in the Queensland Court of Appeal and the High Court.
Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners Act that allows the state to detain sex offenders indefinitely beyond their release date if they remain a threat to the community.
Justice Ann Lyons reserved her decision.

AAP (21-7-2006)
Suzanne Klotz

Child Rapist 'Still Sadist Threat'

A convicted child rapist seeking release after serving his full jail sentence might still be a sexual sadist capable of re-offending, a psychiatrist told a court today.
Robert John Fardon, 57, was due for release on June 27, 2003, from the Townsville Correctional Centre after serving out a 14-year sentence for the rape, sodomy and assault of a woman in 1988.
Fardon assaulted the woman when he had only been out of jail on parole for 20 days after serving an eight-year sentence for raping a 12-year-old girl and wounding her 15-year-old sister.
Robert Moyle – one of two psychiatrists who evaluated Fardon for today's Brisbane Supreme Court application – said Fardon still retained a hostile, resentful attitude.
"I concluded that he may have sexual sadism as a particular problem," Dr Moyle testified.
He said Fardon revealed in detail to police his sadistic thoughts as he raped the 12-year-old, and these were still very concerning.
Dr Moyle said when he interviewed Fardon he asked him about his attitude towards female prison officers, to gauge his current attitude towards women with whom he had regular contact, and his reply was: "to me they are dirty, f***ing, rotten scrags".
But Dr Moyle conceded, under cross-examination by barrister Dan O'Gorman, for Fardon, that if he abided by a strict supervision release order for 10 years, then he probably would not be any further risk.
This is Fardon's fourth bid for freedom in the Supreme Court, hoping to prove that he no longer poses a risk under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
Fardon's applications were refused in the Supreme Court in 2003 and May and December, 2005, as well as appeals in the Queensland Court of Appeal and the High Court.
Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners Act allows the state to detain sex offenders indefinitely beyond their release date if they remain a threat to the community.
The hearing before newly appointed Justice Ann Lyons continues tomorrow.

AAP (20-7-2006)
Suzanne Klotz

Serial Rapist Remains Behind Bars

A serial rapist will remain in a Queensland jail indefinitely despite psychiatric evidence he is more in touch with his "inner self".
Robert John Fardon, 57, has already served his 14-year sentence for rape, sodomy and assault on a woman in 1988, but he is still behind bars.
The offence was committed only 20 days after he had served eight years for raping a 12-year-old girl and wounding her sister, 15.
Fardon was due for release from Townsville Correctional Centre on June 27, 2003, but the Queensland Supreme Court ruled at the time that he still posed a risk.
He became the first man held in jail under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners Act that allows the state to detain prisoners indefinitely beyond their release date if they remain a threat to the community.
Despite an appeal by the Prisoners Legal Service, the High Court ruled last year the law was constitutional.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane rejected Bardon's latest application for freedom today because he remained a significant threat.
Fardon previously told the court he was a changed man and accepted total responsibility for what he has done.
Psychiatrist Basil James testified that he was encouraged by the changes he had witnessed in Fardon, saying he was more able to "direct his attention to his inner self".
However, Professor James noted these changes were "embryonic".
Justice Martin Moynihan remained sceptical of Fardon's motivations.
"There is occasion to doubt how robust his resolve, even if it is genuine, will be when it is tested," Justice Moynihan wrote.
He favoured Fardon's gradual release into the community, but not until he saw more signs of genuine progress

AAP (11-5-2005)
Johanna Leggatt

Court Backs Indefinite Lock-Up

Dangerous sex offenders who refuse therapy can be kept in jail even after finishing their sentences, the High Court ruled yesterday.
Australia's most important court also ruled that even model prisoners could be kept in jail indefinitely, if that was what the sentencing judge had recommended. Six out of the seven High Court judges found a Queensland law allowing the indefinitely detention of dangerous sexual offenders who refused rehabilitation therapy was lawful.
The court made the ruling in rejecting an appeal by rapist Robert John Fardon, 54.
Last year a Queensland Supreme Court judge refused to release Fardon even though he had already served his 14-year sentence for rape, sodomy and unlawful assault.
The judge ruled that Fardon's refusal to participate in jail courses designed to reduce the likelihood of him reoffending meant he remained a serious danger to the community.
In the High Court the lone dissenting judge, Justice Michael Kirby, compared the ruling to law practices in Nazi Germany.
He said the 1930s courts in Germany punished "the estimated character of the criminal instead of the proved facts of the crime".
The court also supported the NSW Government's refusal to release some "lifers" once they had served their minimum term.
All the High Court judges except Justice Kirby rejected an appeal by notorious murderer and torture rapist Allan Baker.

Herald/ Weekly Times (2-10-2004)
Wayne Howell

Serial Rapist Stays Behind Bars

Serial rapist Robert John Fardon could remain in jail for the rest of his life after the first test of Queensland's controversial dangerous sexual offender laws.
Supreme Court Justice Margaret White yesterday granted an application from Attorney-General Rod Welford to keep Fardon behind bars indefinitely despite the fact he had served out his sentence.
The landmark decision paves the way for the State Government to pursue an ever-growing list of other convicted dangerous sex offenders.
However, lawyers for Fardon said the matter would now go to the High Court of Australia in a bid to have the law deemed unconstitutional.
Fardon, 54, was due for release on June 27 from the Townsville Correctional Centre after serving a 14-year sentence for rape, sodomy and assault on a woman in 1988.
He had been out of jail on parole for only 20 days after serving eight years for raping a 12-year-old and wounding her 15-year-old sister.
Justice White, in a written judgment handed down at 2.30pm yesterday, found Fardon remained an unacceptable risk of re-offending if released.
"(Fardon) must be detained so that the community may be adequately protected," Justice White said. "What is of major concern is the failure by (Fardon) to participate in or to participate to completion a course or courses of therapy . . . related to his violent sexual offending or alcohol and drug relapse prevention."
However, Justice White found that should Fardon undergo successful rehabilitation there was a chance he could one day be reintegrated back into the community.
Fardon's first victim, who was just 12 when he raped her while high on magic-mushroom tea, said outside court she would now sleep soundly for the first time since the 1978 attack.
The woman, now 37, who cannot be identified, said Fardon had not changed since he attacked her and she hoped he would rot in prison.
"I don't believe leopards change their spots when they are child predators," she said. "I will sleep well tonight knowing that he is where he belongs."
Prisoners' Legal Service solicitor Cathy Pereira, for Fardon, said they would consider an appeal.

Queensland Newspapers (7-11-2003)
Tony Keim


Plan To Keep Sex Offender's In Jail

Jailed sex offenders who posed a serious risk to the community would be blocked from release under laws to go before Queensland parliament this week.
Under the laws, the state attorney-general would be able to apply to the Supreme Court for an order to keep a prisoner in jail beyond their original sentence if they posed a serious danger to the community.
Premier Peter Beattie said today the laws would only apply to dangerous sex offenders who had not been rehabilitated and were likely to reoffend.
"It is a sad fact that there are some people in our prisons who either cannot or will not control their perverted sexual urges," Mr Beattie said today.
"We have a responsibility to protect our children from these people."
Attorney-General Rod Welford said there would be checks and balances to ensure prisoners' civil and legal rights were protected.
Mr Welford said the Supreme Court would review every continuing detention order annually.
The court would consider an offender's character, criminal history, family and social background, participation in rehabilitation and two independent psychiatric reports.
Victims would be able to make submissions to the attorney-general.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties spokesman Terry O'Gorman said the legislation was "politically driven", making an issue out of the future release of one prisoner.
Robert John Fardon, 54, will complete a 14-year jail term on June 29 for rape and sodomy offences.
He reportedly failed to complete rehabilitation programs and is believed to have told jail officials he will reoffend.
"If what appears to be urgent legislation goes through in the next couple of days, as is forecast, it simply means if the Opposition of the day or a pressure group can make an issue out of a prisoner's release, then what the judge says on sentence becomes irrelevant," Mr O'Gorman said.
Meanwhile, other new laws to go to parliament this week will require applicants for nursing and midwifery positions to provide details of their criminal histories.

Advertiser Newspapers-(2-6-2003)

Jailed Rapist First Target of Laws to Stop Release

A serial rapist could become the first Queensland inmate to complete his sentence but be held in jail indefinitely because of fears he will kill when he re-offends.
Robert John Fardon is set to complete a 14-year Jail term on June 29 for rape and sodomy offences and be released from the Townsville Correctional Centre without completing a rehabilitation program.
Fardon, 54, was convicted of raping women and children as young as 12, and is understood to have told prison officers he would kill his next victim to ensure the courts put him back in jail.
The Courier-Mail has learned Attorney-General Rod Welford has completed a review of indefinite sentencing powers and will now take a reform package to Cabinet with the support of Premier Peter Seattle.
Mr Welford started the review after pedophile Dennis Raymond Ferguson was released from prison in January without completing a rehabilitation program or even admitting his crimes.
The Government is now expected to introduce laws to extend jail terms for criminals found to be an ongoing risk to the community, particularly if they refuse rehabilitation and do not take responsibility for their crimes.
The reform package is expected to be fast-tracked through Parliament but senior ministers last night refused to say whether the new laws could keep Fardon in prison.
It is understood Police Minister Tony McGrady alerted Mr Welford of Fardon's pending release, using an early warning system initiated after the Ferguson furore.
Mr McGrady has also proposed reforms which would force serious sex offenders to undergo rehabilitation late in their prison term to ensure the best results.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said if the Government did not act, the Coalition would move a motion in Parliament to force MLAs to decide whether serious sex offenders should be released If they have not completed a rehabilitation program.
Mr Springborg said he believed serious sex offenders should be kept in Jail until they had been rehabilitated, admitted their crimes and showed they would not pose a threat to the community if released.
The protection of the community is paramount," Mr Springborg said.
"Civil rights of these predators should matter absolutely nothing "
Mr Springborg said the National Party proposed similar laws three years ago but then attorney-general Matt Foley only backed Queensland's existing laws, which allow Judges to sentence the worst offenders to an indefinite jail term.
"The fact they ruled this out three years ago has already exposed innocent Queenslanders to these criminals and breached the Government's duty of care," Mr Springborg said.
Government figures obtained by the Opposition show only 8.3 per cent of serious sexual offenders released from prison in 2001-2002 had successfully completed a rehabilitation program. The figures show only 11 of 72 serious sexual offenders released last financial year took part in a rehabilitation program.

Courier-Mail (26-5-2003)
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