UPDATE @ 10.10 AM | One of Queensland’s most dangerous sex offenders will remain under surveillance after Queensland’s Attorney General won an appeal to have his supervision order extended.
In the Court of Appeal on Wednesday morning, the court found there were reasonable grounds for believing serial rapist Robert John Fardon is a “serious danger to the community” in the absence of a further supervision order.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said in a statement shortly after the ruling that she “welcomed the decision.”
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“This decision ensures that Robert Fardon will continue to be supervised under an interim Community Supervision Order until the Court hears the original application for an extended DPSOA,” Ms D’Ath said.
“As this matter is ongoing no further comments will be made.”
Fardon was granted supervised release from prison in 2013, however his supervision order was set to expire on Wednesday, meaning he would no longer be bound by curfews, would not have to attend counselling sessions and would not be restricted in where he can live.
The supervision order has been extended until a further hearing is listed at a date yet to be announced.
— Tim Arvier (@TimArvier9) October 2, 2018
EARLIER @ 8.00 AM | One of Queensland’s most dangerous sex offenders could go without supervision as early as today.
Robert John Fardon was granted supervised release from prison in 2013, with the current supervision order set to expire on Wednesday.
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath lodged an appeal last month against a decision to allow the serial sex offender, who once raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint, to live in the community unsupervised.
Ms D’Ath, along with child protection groups, argue the risk of Fardon re-offending would be heightened.
“It will only take one weak moment and the child is in the wrong place at the wrong time and it will happen again,” Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston told the Today Show on Wednesday.
The Queensland Court of appeal will decide today whether Fardon remains a risk to the community.
If released unsupervised, it would mean he is no longer bound by curfews, would not have to attend counselling sessions and would not be restricted in where he can live.
One of Queensland’s worst serial rapists could soon be released despite a push to keep him under close watch. He was convicted for assaulting several women and children, including a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint. #9Today pic.twitter.com/At22rrz3Rz
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) October 2, 2018