Friday, 19 September 2008

Court awards Ferguson $2,250 compensation

Convicted Queensland sex offender Dennis Ferguson has been awarded $2,250 in compensation after being run out of Ipswich three years ago.

Ferguson claimed he had suffered stress after being forced to leave the area.

Pensioner Noel Watterson was found guilty of threatening him and was sued by Ferguson for damages.

Acting Premier Paul Lucas says the justice system is there to protect everyone.

"The legal system is there for you and me." he said.

"I say to people over and over again, do not take the law into your own hands, and now the consequence is of course that there has been this compensation award in favour of Dennis Ferguson.

Mr Waterson says he does not have the money.


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Laws to go to Parliament next week will allow the prosecution or the defence to apply for a trial to be heard by a judge-only in some complex or notorious cases.

Justice Action submission regarding Dennis Ferguson, the ICOPA Resolution, and the Qsld Government review of sex offence management, is downloadable from their website.

Here is the Qsld review ”A New Public Protection Model for the Management of High Risk Sexual and Violent Offenders”.

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