Rapist Robert John Fardon
Rapist Robert John Fardon

‘He’s free to roam but I am in fear of my life’

ONE of the survivors of recently freed rapist Robert John Fardon has backed the LNP's push to put GPS trackers on serial sex offenders until they die.

Convicted rapist Robert John Fardon, filmed travelling on a Brisbane train. Picture: Channel 9
Convicted rapist Robert John Fardon, filmed travelling on a Brisbane train. Picture: Channel 9

Sharon Tomlinson, 53, was raped by Fardon at gunpoint when she was 12 and said she'd been ­living in fear and forced to quit her job after a supervision order on him expired on January 9.

Ms Tomlinson was one of the first people told about Fardon's release, however, was legally silenced and threatened with jail if she broke a court suppression order that lasted until January 16.

After believing that Fardon would wear a GPS tracker for the rest of his life, the news that he was being freed into the community instigated a panic attack that she thought was a heart attack.

"My jaw went, I had really severe chest pain and I ended up having to go and seek medical attention," she said.

 

Sharon Tomlinson was assaulted by sex offender Robert Fardon. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning
Sharon Tomlinson was assaulted by sex offender Robert Fardon. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning

 

She said the Government's recent legislation to boost supervision of sex offenders such as Fardon was "not worth the paper it was written on". Ms Tomlinson said all serial sex offenders and paedophiles should wear GPS trackers for life and face mandatory psychological treatment.

"How can the police guarantee my safety if they don't know where he is all the time?" she asked. "He can go wherever he likes and the police don't know where he is unless they have a policeman who follows him around 24 hours a day. The only time they'll know where he is if he reoffends."

Opposition legal affairs spokesman David Janetzki said a Bill recently introduced by the LNP would ensure serial sex offenders faced lifetime tracking

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said Ms Tomlinson had been through an "unimaginable ordeal", but the LNP offered only false hope because almost the very same legislation was found by a court to be unconstitutional.

She said Queensland had the toughest post-conviction monitoring system in the country.

"Fardon must notify police of where he lives, travels, works, phone and internet connections, social media passwords, among other personal details," she said.