Every parent’s worst nightmare: Child sex monster, 70, who raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint has moved into a cosy suburban street filled with kids
- Notorious child rapist Robert John Fardon has been released into the community
- State government has lost its bid to keep the rapist under constant supervision
- Restrictions were lifted, including limitations on where the 70-year-old can live
A repeat sex offender has been given the green light to move into a suburban street filled with children after a supervision curfew was lifted by a Queensland court.
Robert John Fardon, 70, is free to reside wherever he likes and is no longer subjected to electronic monitoring, curfews or mandatory counselling.
‘I am not satisfied that the evidence establishes to the requisite high degree of probability that the respondent is a serious danger to the community in the absence of a further supervision order,’ Justice Helen Bowskill said.
Notorious child rapist Robert John Fardon has been released into the community
Child rapist Robert John Fardon (pictured) has been released into the Queensland community – and he is free to live anywhere
On Wednesday 9News revealed Fardon had moved to a street full of women and children after the order was lifted.
Fardon began offending when he was just 18 when he sexually abused a 10-year-old girl.
Just over a decade later, he was placed behind bars when he raped a 12-year-old girl at gun point in the Northern Territory.
In 2003 he became the first person to be jailed in Queensland for an indefinite period following the introduction of new laws targeting repeat sex offenders.
The violent offender, who in 2008 was re-arrested for the rape of a 61-year-old intellectually disabled woman, will be monitored by authorities.
‘This means police will know where Fardon lives and travels, details of his phone and internet connections, social media accounts, interactions and passwords for the rest of his life,’ Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said.
‘And if Fardon fails to meet these reporting conditions, he could face five years in jail.’
There are no legal grounds for an appeal against the court’s controversial decision.
SERIAL RAPIST ROBERT FARDON’S LIFE OF SERIOUS CRIME
1967 – Convicted at 18 for attempted carnal knowledge of a girl under ten. Released on a good behaviour bond.
1978 – Raped a 12-year-old girl, wounded her sister. Fled to the Northern Territory but was caught and jailed.
1988 – Broke parole by travelling to Townsville. Violently raped and assaulted a woman. Sent back to jail.
2003 – Became the first person in Queensland to be jailed indefinitely under new laws targeting repeat sex offenders.
2006 – Released on a supervision order with 32 conditions.
2007 – Breached the order by going to a school, breaching curfew and travelling to Townsville. He’s briefly returned to prison before released in October.
2008 – Re-arrested over rape of a 61-year-old intellectually disabled woman.
2010 – Sentenced to 10 years’ jail for the rape. The conviction was quashed on appeal a few months later but Fardon remained in jail due to other earlier breaches of a supervision order.
2011 – Government launches lengthy court battle to keep him in jail.
2013 – Released on supervision order.
2014 – Brief return to prison before court orders Fardon’s release into supervised accommodation.
2018, August – Court denies a Queensland government bid to extend a supervision order governing how Fardon lives in the community. It expires in October.
2019, January – Fardon has been released into the community and is now free to live wherever he chooses, and is also not subject to electronic monitoring, curfews or mandatory counselling