Qld Sex Offender’s Release To Be Appealed
After spending almost half his life in jail, one of Queensland’s most notorious sex offenders will have to wait a little longer to see if he will be released. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will lodge an appeal on Thursday morning against a Supreme Court decision to set Robert John Fardon free.
Justice Debbie Mullins decided Fardon should be released as any risks to the community could be managed. She imposed 34 conditions for his release. Her reasoning did not convince Mr Bleijie, who will apply for an immediate stay of the order to release the 64-year-old serial rapist. Mr Bleijie has also instructed Crown Law to appeal the Supreme Court decision to release Fardon from jail.
Child protection advocates, and former victims have denounced the decision by Brisbane Supreme Court Judge Debbie Mullins to release Fardon on Thursday afternoon. Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnson says Justice Mullins’ decision trashes the notion of community safety. “Fardon is not a changed man; he’s a psychopath.
“He’s only ever going to be one breath away from snapping … and will be back in jail in 12 months.”