Serial rapist Fardon waits month until review

SERIAL rapist Robert John Fardon will have to wait at least one more month to discover whether a court will grant him another chance at life outside jail.

Fardon was the first prisoner to be handed an indefinite jail sentence under Queensland law in 2003 for a shocking string of crimes.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court approved Fardon's supervised release to live in the Wacol precinct.

But following an appeal by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, the Court of Appeal overruled the decision and ordered his case for release be re-heard.

The case was listed for a hearing in the Supreme Court yesterday.

But owing to the voluminous material - including psychiatric reports and affidavits - submitted to the court, Justice Peter Lyons adjourned the matter until mid-September to review all the information.

Counsel for the Attorney-General, Peter Davis QC, told Justice Lyons the issue in Fardon's case was the 64-year-old had breached supervision orders in the past.

Fardon attempted to merge back into the community in 2006, but was found guilty of raping an intellectually impaired woman in 2008. The verdict was later set aside in the Court of Appeal.

Mr Davis cast doubt of Fardon's pledge - detailed in an affidavit - to comply with orders.

"Fardon says he will comply with supervision orders but, of course, he said that before and he just says it boldly again," he said.

Fardon, along with a clinical psychiatrist and psychologist, is expected to be cross-examined during the hearing starting from September 23.

Fardon has spent almost 23 years in prison since October 1980.

The three most serious crimes relate to sexual offences, two involving children.



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