Monday, 21 July 2008

Father of two offers home to Dennis Ferguson

A father of two has offered to share his home with convicted pedophile Dennis Ferguson.

Brett Collins, an ex-prisoner and advocate for prisoners' rights, has offered to have Ferguson live with him in his Sydney home.

Mr Collins says he is angered by the community uproar surrounding Ferguson.

Ferguson has been hounded out by angry residents of one Queensland town and his current residence near Brisbane has been picketed by protesters.

Mr Collins, who has a daughter aged 16 and a 12-year-old son, said Ferguson should not be the scapegoat for all sexual abuse.

"Everybody has frailty, we have no problem at all with the likes of Dennis Ferguson," he said.

"We've been around sex offenders, we find them the same as lawyers or maybe even media people ... we don't have any problem with them at all."

Mr Collins says his children have been brought up by people who had committed murder and rape, and it had not been a problem.

"We can at least look after our own community," he said.

He said ex-prisoners wanted to contribute to society and vigilante action against Ferguson was unfair.


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