Serial rapist puts shiver through suburb
RESIDENTS in upmarket southern Brisbane suburb of Salisbury are panicking after word spread convicted sex offender Robert John Fardon would be living in a house just a few hundred metres from a school and childcare centre.
Residents have been told of Fardon's relocation and authorities have been contacted for comment.
Mother Tracey Innes said her son had come home from school yesterday to say there was a "serial rapist living down the street".
"Other children were talking about it," she said
"It was circulated around our grapevine this morning.
"If they're going to talk about it, they should tell parents first."
Another resident, Jake Daniels, said: "There are three childcare centres nearby.
"Hundreds of kids walk up here every day.
"They (sex offenders) shouldn't be in a suburb like Salisbury."
Kerri Anderson, who lives nearby, said she received a message last night saying he was in the area.
"A family living there moved out a couple of weeks ago," she said of the house.
"I've got two kids who walk down here every day.
"It freaked me out, no way."
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington tweeted that news of Fardon's living arrangements were "simply appalling".
"Labor continue to put this sadistic grub ahead of community safety," she wrote.
Police have declined to comment on Fardon's location.
Fardon is walking the streets a free man after the Government's last-ditch bid for dangerous sex predator supervision failed.
He has been moved from other addresses since his release after people spotted him around Brisbane.
Fardon, one of Queensland's worst sex offenders, raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint in 1978.
He was released in 1988 after serving years in jail but then committed a violent rape of a woman within months of getting out.
He was jailed for 14 years in 1989 for rape.
Before his release from jail Fardon was the first person in Queensland to be detained under the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act.
He was released from custody in 2013 but remained supervised under the Act and lived in housing at Wacol in Brisbane's southwest.
It meant he was monitored constantly with a GPS bracelet and was not to live in certain areas.
The government failed to extend this order but introduced new laws which meant he would be under police supervision as a reportable offender, which has many self-reporting provisions such as his address and travel plans.