Sex offender tells judge of plan if released from prison

SERIAL sex offender Robert John Fardon claims he has written an action plan to prevent a relapse if he is released from his indefinite jail sentence.

The 64-year-old psychopath - who has shoulder-length wiry peppered grey hair, a full bushy beard and a soft, cartoonish voice - told the judge in control of his fate that he had new insight into his behaviour.

Fardon, testifying in Brisbane Supreme Court, said he still held "some degree" of animosity toward corrective services because of the way he was treated after entering a "brutal regime" at the notorious Boggo Road prison two decades ago.

But he had changed and would now "comply with corrective services directions", he said firmly as he made a bid for a supervised release order to the Wacol precinct.

"The attitudes, behaviours and presentations I had before I went in were basically reinforced," Fardon.

"(My psychologist) has addressed with me the different issues that I had which has given me insight and understanding of the issues confronting me."

Fardon, who was born in Murwillumbah, committed his first sexual offence at age 18 in northern NSW - appearing in the Murwillumbah and Grafton courts for attempting carnally to know a 10-year-old girl.

Fardon - the first sex offender jailed indefinitely under Queensland laws - has spent almost 23 years in prison since October, 1980.

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

Fardon told the court he had prepared a plan to deal with his tendencies in the community.

"At the point of impact, when it occurs I would remove myself from that location and wait until I can discuss it with (my psychologist)," he said.

When asked why he had not participated in a recent transition program, Fardon said it was all theory and he needed practical applications such as opening a bank account, how to use an ATM and how to use a Go Card on public transport.

Psychiatrist Donald Grant said it would be unreasonable to expect Fardon to overcome his issues and that he was always going to need help.

He said Fardon's attitudes were softening but surveillance in the community would be important if he was released.

Psychiatrist Michael Beech said he did not agree Fardon had post traumatic stress disorder from early sexual abuse, rather that his childhood trauma had crystallised into anti-social and psychopathic features.

He said violent sexual assaults were committed "out of psychopathic entitlement" and his clash with authorities came from the same issue.

But Mr Beech said Fardon had shown a change in attitude for the first time and "mellowed" into "general aloofness".

"He has said openly for the first time he will co-operate and abide by the rules," he said.

"In a perfect world I'd look for contrition, empathy and remorse but that's probably too much to ask."

Jonathan Horton, acting for the Attorney-General, said there were optimistic changes in Fardon's attitude but not enough to keep the community safe.

"Supervision can't be the only thing that stands between Mr Fardon and community safety," he said.

"He must to some extent regulate his own behaviour."

Justice Debra Mullins will deliver her decision next Wednesday.

She was given many recommendations including a curfew, electronic surveillance, drug and alcohol abstinence, and corrective services must know about all relationships, sexual or otherwise.


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