High Profile Paedophile Convict Hounded Out in Australia

by Gopalan on  July 4, 2008 at 2:40 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
 High Profile Paedophile Convict Hounded Out in Australia
When paedophile convict Ferguson was set free by District Court Judge Hugh Botting, he might have heaved a sigh of relief. But that was false consolation. He is being relentlessly hounded out.

He has now been chased out of his own home and police are offering him protection.

Dennis Raymond Ferguson is 60. But he is a high profile child sex offender with a 30-year criminal history behind him. At least two communities have run him out of their town.

He is said to pouncing upon the innocent at the first opportunity.

In the latest instance, he was accused of molesting two young sisters in their home in 2005. But he walked free before a jury could even deliver a verdict.

A Brisbane District Court judge dismissed the case and ordered a permanent stay of criminal proceedings so that Ferguson can never be tried on the charges again.

Judge Hugh Botting ruled the sex offender couldn't receive a fair trial due to the intense publicity surrounding his previous convictions.

Judge Botting also found that the two-and-a-half years Ferguson spent in prison awaiting trial would likely exceed his punishment if convicted.

Child safety advocate Hetty Johnston was furious. She said, "This man is notorious. But he is notorious because he is a repeat child sex offender and every time he is released he offends again.

To say that he can now benefit from his own brutal history because he is so notorious he can't get a fair trial is absolute craziness."

Ferguson had been living on a rural property near Miles, about 120km north-west of Dalby in Queensland, following his release from custody on Tuesday night.

Residents gathered outside the house Friday after a text message began circulating around Miles, organising the protest.

Cars began arriving at the home where the convicted child molester was believed to be staying around and up to 60 residents gathered to chant slogans while police watched.

Signs read: "Our kids are innocent, Dennis isn't", "Dennis the menace must go" and "You belong in jail, not Miles".

Residents told media they feared their children could no longer play safely in the town, before a photo of Ferguson was thrown on a campfire.

"They should have put him somewhere on an island," one man said.

A Queensland Police Media spokesman confirmed Ferguson had since been moved to a location outside the Darling Downs region, at his request.

But local officers have confirmed there are no children in the immediate vicinity.Dalby Regional Mayor Ray Brown says Ferguson's decision to move from Miles has simply shifted the problem to another community.

"The real issues here is the legal system and getting things right," he said.

"I mean what we're doing is relocating a problem somewere else for another community to go through the same process and that's where I do have concerns.

"I think the media should focus their efforts on the justice system themselves and see what's happening there."

Brown is calling for calm until the Queensland Attorney-General's appeal is heard.

"We've got to follow the justice system through now and and make sure it's right or wrong - whatever it may be - but we must follow it through," he said.

"We can't become vigilantes and go our own way ourselves."

Meantime Dennis Ferguson is suing a man who led an effort to run him out of a Queensland city a few years ago.

West Ipswich resident Noel Watterson was served papers notifying him that Ferguson was suing him for criminal compensation.

"He's trying to get money out of me," Mr Watterson said on ABC Radio Friday morning.

"He's not going to get money out of me because I've got no money.

"He reckons I threatened to kill him. The word kill, I don't know if I said that."

Watterson said he had previously been found guilty of threatening Ferguson.

"I got six months of a suspended jail sentence to behave myself for three years for threatening him with physical violence," he said.

Watterson said he did not want Ferguson near him or any members of his family because of his conviction for pedophilia.

"My daughter comes here all the time, she has seven children. It's hard to have someone like Dennis Ferguson live in your street. What do you think we're going to do?" he asked.

Attorney-General Kerry Shine has launched an appeal against the Brisbane judge's decision. The appeal will be heard on July 22.

Source: Medindia

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