Qld child protection agency slams notorious rapists release

One of Queensland’s most notorious and violent rapists will be a free man without any supervision in October, much to the shock of leading child protection agency, Bravehearts.

Yesterday, the State Government lost a court bid to keep Robert John Fardon under supervision.

The 69-year-old man raped victims over a 20-year period and will no longer be subject to curfews, counselling sessions or restrictions on where he can live.


There are concerns he could return to the Gold Coast, as he was born near the Tweed border.

Bravehearts CEO and founder, Hetty Johnston said it’s not so much if Fardon will offend, but when.

“He’s a sadistic character, you can’t change that in a human being,” she told MyGC.

“There’s no therapy, there’s no cure, there’s only management and you can’t manage someone if you can’t supervise them.”

The decision has sent shockwaves through the community, with a number of his survivors terrified about his impending release.

Sharon Tomlinson was attacked by Fardon in 1978 and told the ABC she’s concerned.

“He stole my innocence. He took a part of me I can never ever get back,” she said.

“I believe he is a high risk to the community still, and will be until the day he dies.”

Bravehearts has urged the State Government to change their policy on sex offenders.

They are recommending no one should be deemed “low risk” until they are cleared by three independent psychiatrists and anyone on the dangerous sex offenders register should always be supervised in the community.