Serial rapist Fardon to be free man

NOTORIOUS rapist Robert John Fardon will soon be a free man after lawyers for the Queensland Government lost a bid to have his supervision order extended.

Robert John Fardon
Robert John Fardon

Fardon, who has an extensive history of sexual offending including raping a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint, was jailed in 1989 for the rape of a woman.

His full-time release date for that offence was in 2003, but he was kept locked up after being deemed too dangerous to be in the community.

He was finally released on a supervision order in 2006, which he repeatedly breached before being thrown back in jail in 2008 on another charge of rape. That conviction was later overturned on appeal.

After a lengthy fight with the Government, Fardon finally won his release on a new supervision order in 2014.

He has not breached any conditions of that order while living in the community.

His exact location has been kept secret but he is believed to have been living with other sex offenders near a southeast Queensland jail.

Lawyers for Queensland's Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath took the unusual step of seeking to have his supervision order extended beyond its October expiry date. However they lost their Supreme Court bid yesterday, meaning Fardon, now 69, will no longer be subject to curfews, counselling or restrictions on where he can live.

The Government's lawyers had argued Fardon remained a danger to the community without the order, which gave him support in times of stress, frustration and anger.

In dismissing the application Justice David Jackson said psychiatric evidence showed Fardon's risk of reoffending was low, and that he had shown a strong desire to remain out of prison.

Justice Jackson ruled there were "not reasonable grounds" for believing he was an unacceptable risk if released.