The Supreme Court of Queensland and the District court of Queensland in Brisbane Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Serial Queensland sex offender Robert Fardon has been released from Wacol prison, according to a Corrective Services spokesman.
‘‘We had a court order that said he was to be released by 4pm, and that’s what’s happened,’’ the spokesman said.
Confirmation of his release came as Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie went to the Court of Appeal in a last-ditch bid to keep him behind bars.
Supreme Court judge Peter Lyons had earlier in the day refused Mr Bleijie’s application to delay Fardon’s release.
The Corrective Services spokesman said Fardon had been released into the emergency accommodation area of Wacol prison.
He said he remained under the watch of Queensland Corrective Services, and was subject to GPS tracking under the terms of supervision orders governing his release.
As Fardon was being released, the attorney-general was telling reporters that wouldn’t happen for some hours.
When asked about the order that Fardon be released by 4pm, Mr Bleijie said there were debriefing and other processes that would take time.
He said he would exhaust all legal avenues to keep the sex offender locked up.
‘‘The fight is not over,’’ Mr Bleijie said.
‘‘I simply will exhaust all legal opportunities and avenues available to me as attorney-general.’’
He said the appeals court would be asked on Friday afternoon to stay Justice Lyons’ release order.An appeal would then be launched.
Mr Bleijie said the Newman government had promised to keep Queenslanders safe from predators like Fardon.
He said it was extremely disappointing that Justice Lyons had rejected the stay order earlier in the day.
‘‘We believe Queenslanders are with us in this journey, in this battle to keep Mr Robert John Fardon behind bars,’’ he said.
‘‘It is certainly not over.’’