Supreme Court considers sex offender's review bid

A DANGEROUS sex offender seeking a review of his indefinite jail sentence is at risk of re-offending if released, psychologists believe.

Robert John Fardon, 63, was the first Queensland criminal to be declared a dangerous prisoner under the Dangerous Prisoners Act 2003 and has been in and out of custody over the past few decades.

The Supreme Court is currently hearing a review of Fardon's status and whether he could be released into the Wacol precinct under a strict supervision order.

Fardon attempted to merge back into the community in the Wacol precinct in 2006 but was charged with rape in 2008.

Last year, the Court of Appeal overturned a Supreme Court order to give Fardon limited freedom.

Psychologists and psychiatrists who have dealt with Fardon during his long stint in jail have provided eye-opening accounts into the nature of the notorious rapist in the Supreme Court.

Psychologist Nicholas Smith told the court on Monday Fardon exhibited symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder due to tormenting situations in his life.

Dr Smith said Fardon had reported being abused as a child, before joining a bikie gang in his teens and ending up in a boy's home.

"He has reported a number of traumatic experiences that have had an impact on him," he said.

Dr Smith explained his likelihood of using drugs and contravening a court order were heightened by the presence of PTSD symptoms.

Dr Smith said Fardon needed to learn life skills - like using an ATM and buying a train ticket though a machine - upon his release.

"Fardon has voiced his resistance to returning to the community without the (proper) level of support," he said.

"He feels he is at risk of contravening the order."

Fardon also has an immense dislike for authority, including Corrective Services, and feels victimised by the dangerous prisoner legislation which kept him in jail, the court heard.

Psychiatrist Dr Donald Grant recognised Fardon as a risk of re-offending due to his psychopathic personality.

While Fardon's aggression has calmed over the years, his hostility for Corrective Services has prevailed.

"He feels he is likely to get assaulted in prison and, if anything, is more anxious than he used to be," he said.

Dr Grant highlighted the importance of changing Fardon's attitude towards authority, which could be difficult.

"It's a long road to go before he starts to see some sort of ...cooperation with authorities," he said.

Psychologist Dr Michael Beech expressed his concern if Fardon was released on a supervision order, saying his attitude towards authority would push him to a point of such stress he would take off.

Justice Debra Mullins asked Fardon's legal team to produce their own evidence regarding his ability to co-operate and a relapse management plan.

The hearing was adjourned until February 7.



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