News

Justice erred on Fardon release: Solicitor-General

CONVICTED sex offender Robert Fardon has an incurable psychopathic personality disorder and would always remain a danger to the community, the Queensland Attorney-General has argued.

Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff, acting for the Attorney-General, told the Court of Appeal that the justice who deemed Fardon suitable for supervised release earlier this month had erred in the way she considered evidence from a psychologist and two psychiatrists.

He said the psychologist, who suggested Fardon had improved his attitude to co-operating with authorities, began his assessment from a flawed basis.

Mr Sofronoff said Dr Nick Smith had diagnosed Fardon with post-traumatic stress disorder but doctors Donald Grant and Michael Beech disagreed, rather diagnosing psychopathy.

He said Dr Grant believed Fardon would benefit from a sexual offender treatment program even though he was not diagnosed with pedophilia.

But he said Fardon had thus far refused to complete the program.

Dan O'Gorman, acting for Fardon, told the appeal court the releasing justice had made adequate provisions to protect the community and mitigate risks his client might re-offend.

He said the justice rightly considered Fardon's behaviour changes towards corrective services procedures and limited steps to prepare for release.

Court of Appeal justices John Muir, Robert Gotterson and Ros Atkinson reserved their decision to a date to be fixed.

The Attorney-General successfully made an 11th-hour bid to stay Fardon's release order earlier this month.
Fardon's release to the community was blocked just hours before he was to be transferred to the Wacol precinct on a five-year supervision order.

The 64-year-old has spent 23 years in jail, with his three most serious crimes relating to sex offences against two young children.

Fardon, born in Murwillumbah in NSW, was the first Queenslander given an indefinite jail sentence, after the law was changed to keep him behind bars.

After reviewing his indefinite status under the Queensland Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act, Justice Debra Mullins found he remained a danger to the community but the risk could be reduced with strict conditions.

Those conditions included a GPS tracking device, curfew, monitoring directions, drug and alcohol abstinence, and bans from going unsupervised to a place that houses children, intellectually disabled persons, mentally ill persons or people with substance misuse difficulties.

If the state is unsuccessful in keeping Fardon behind bars through the Court of Appeal, Premier Campbell Newman has vowed to take other legal avenues.

Topics:  court robert john fardon



Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Plenty of likes for 'Sliding Home'

'Sliding Home'

Here is this week's Facebook cover image as chosen by you.

Bikie killer sentenced for bashing child sex offender

Shane Michael Oulds, faced Rockhampton District Court charged with grievous bodily harm over an assault at the Capricornia Correctional Centre last year.

In a vigilante move, this murderer committed a 'violent attack'

Local Partners

Show legend returns to post after being run over by float

FOR absolute total dedication to the Ipswich Show look no further than 85-year-old Kalbar farmer Syd Haag.


Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

IPSWICH SHOW: What's on at the showgrounds today

Ipswich Show 2017. Sasha Bondzulic and Kirra Peel.

THE show fun continues today with plenty of rides, games and stunts

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

TWENTY-TWO people have been killed and at least 59 people have been injured following a terror attack in Manchester

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!