A Murwillumbah-raised sex offender will remain in the community, after the Queensland government decided not to challenge his release.
Robert John Fardon has been living in supervised accommodation since December after the Court of Appeal rejected the Newman government’s efforts to keep him locked up.
The Brisbane Times reports, Acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli says legal advice provided to the government is that they “just can’t win”.
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“We did everything we could but some of Queensland’s top silks, including the Solicitor-General, all advised we were out of options,” Mr Crisafulli said in a statement.
Fardon has spent most of his adult life in prison for sex offences against women and girls dating back to 1967, when he was 18.
In 2003 he became the first prisoner detained indefinitely – subject to periodic review – under new laws designed to keep the state’s worst prisoners locked up.
Just three years later he was released under strict conditions, but in April 2008 he was returned custody amid allegations he raped a female friend at her Palm Beach unit.