A famous rapist will soon be released from jail to live in a secret house funded by taxpayers without supervision.
Robert John Fardon will be paid for the houses and the hidden location will be kept to avoid repeating the Dennis Ferguson saga in which the rapist was constantly followed and harassed by vigilante groups after his release.
The Queensland government lost an appeal on Monday to keep the Fardon sex offender under supervised conditions.
Vice President of the Queensland Civil Liberties Council, Terry O Gorman, argued that the government should care about Fardon's welfare before its launch in October, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
Fardon, who has a long history of sex crimes, including the rape of a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint, was jailed in 1989 for the rape of a woman.
The famous rapist Robert John Fardon (pictured) will no longer be subject to curfews, advice or restrictions on where he can live
His full-time release date for that offense was in 2003, but he was kept locked up after being deemed too dangerous to be in the community.
He was finally released by a supervisory order in 2006, which he repeatedly failed to comply with before being returned to jail in 2008 for another charge of rape.
That conviction was later overturned on appeal.
After a long struggle with the government, Fardon finally won his release in a new supervision order in 2014.
Fardon will be officially released from custody in October, which means he will no longer be subject to curfews, counseling or restrictions on where he can live.
With this freedom comes a wave of criticism from advocates of child safety and the Morecombe family.
O 'Gorman said he feared "a repeat of Dennis Ferguson's vigilante fiasco when Ferguson was released from jail and then chased from one city and from one address to another."
The vice president of the Queensland Civil Liberties Council, Terry O & # 39; Gorman, (pictured) raised concerns about the safety of the 69-year-old offender should his or her future housing situation be revealed to the public.
Ferguson served 14 years in prison in Queensland for the kidnapping and sexual assault of three children.
"In the light of the media's exaggeration over the past two days surrounding the imminent release of Fardon, the Attorney General and the Minister of Corrective Services should not give in to the demands that, if it is published next month, Fardon's address should be made public. "
Although it has been determined that Fardon is low risk in relation to recidivism, O & # 39; Gorman believes that the responsibility lies with the government to ensure that it is well equipped with a support and accommodation service when released.
"It is the responsibility of the Minister of Corrective Services to provide financial assistance to Mr. Fardon regarding his release for both ongoing counseling and adequate accommodation in order to fulfill in practice the psychiatric opinion on which Judge Jackson acted this week, namely, that Fardon at risk of recidivism.
Queensland government lawyers lost an offer from the Supreme Court on Monday for Fardon's supervisory order to be extended
He has not breached any condition of that order while living in the community.
He has been living under a supervision order for the past four years, and his exact location was kept secret.
He is believed to have lived with other sex offenders near a jail in southeast Queensland.
Government lawyers had argued that Fardon remained a danger to the community without the order, which gave him support in times of stress, frustration and anger.
In dismissing the request, Judge David Jackson said that the psychiatric evidence showed that Fardon's risk of recidivism was low and that he had shown a strong desire to stay out of prison.
Judge Jackson ruled that there were "no reasonable grounds" to believe that it was an unacceptable risk if released.
RAPISTA SERIE ROBERT FARDON LIFE OF CRIME
1967 – Condemned at age 18 for attempted carnal knowledge of a girl under 10 years of age. Released with a good behavior relationship.
1978 – Violates a 12-year-old girl, injures her sister. He fled to the Northern Territory but was caught and imprisoned.
1988 – Probation was broken traveling to Townsville. They violently raped and assaulted a woman. Sent to jail.
2003 – Became the first person in Queensland to be incarcerated indefinitely under new laws targeting recurring sex offenders.
2006 – Published in a supervision order with 32 conditions.
2007 – He broke the order by going to a school, violating the curfew and traveling to Townsville. He briefly returned to prison before being released in October.
2008: Arrested again for rape of a woman with intellectual disability of 61 years.
2010: sentenced to 10 years in prison for the rape. The conviction was overturned on appeal a few months later, but Fardon remained in jail due to other previous violations of a supervisory order.
2011 – The government begins a long legal battle to keep him in jail.
2013 – Published by supervision order.
2014 – Brief return to prison before the court orders the release of Fardon in a supervised accommodation.
2018, August – The court denies an offer from the Queensland government to extend a supervision order that governs how Fardon lives in the community. Expires in October.