Serial sex offender, who raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint, labeled 'too dangerous' and denied release

Robert John Fardon was scheduled to be freed on Wednesday, however, he will now continue to be monitored constantly after an appeal branded him too dangerous to be released


                            Serial sex offender, who raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint, labeled 'too dangerous' and denied release

The 69-year-old notorious child rapist, Robert John Fardon, will reportedly remain under constant supervision, after the Queensland state government in Australia won an appeal against him, which branded the offender as 'too dangerous' to be released, according to reports.

The accused was scheduled to be freed on Wednesday, however, he will now continue to be monitored constantly after an urgent appeal was filed against a Queensland Supreme Court judge's ruling. Fardon will be under supervision until the initial order is extended, the Daily Mail reported.

A judge, in August this year, had ruled that Fardon's risk to the community had diminished with his growing age. However, lawyers for Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath quickly filed an urgent appeal against the ruling.



 

Justice Phillip Morrison, in a new ruling on Tuesday, said that he was satisfied that Fardon could still be considered dangerous and ongoing management was required. 

The decision was welcomed by Hetty Johnston, the founder of Bravehearts child protection organization, who said that the court's decision was a win for children and families. However, he added that Fardon should ideally be in prison. 

"He shouldn't be out of jail ... unless you've got a police officer sitting on his lap 24/7 it's never going to be monitored sufficiently," she said.

The Queensland government, last month, had passed laws to ensure that anyone on an order like Fardon would be watched for the rest of their lives even if a court ruled to stop their surveillance, according to reports.

Fardon was imprisoned in 1989 for the rape of a woman and has an extensive history of sexual assault against women and children, including raping a 12-year-old at gunpoint. Although the offender's full-time release date came in 2003, he was still kept behind bars after being branded too dangerous to be out free in the community. 



 

His full-time release date for the offense came in 2003, but he was kept locked up after being deemed too dangerous to be in the community. Fardon was ultimately released on a supervision order in 2006 and was again jailed in 2008 on another rape charge.