FORMER LOVERS: Dennis Ferguson and Alexandria Brookes. Source: The Courier-Mail
PEDOPHILE Dennis Ferguson has been reunited with his child-rape accomplice and former male lover – thanks to a Federal Government department.
Ferguson wrote to the Commonwealth requesting information to locate Alexandria Brookes, three months after he was released from a New South Wales jail.
The Courier-Mail can reveal that Brookes – the man convicted alongside Ferguson in 1987 by Queensland courts following one of the country’s most disturbing child rape cases – was put in contact with Ferguson just eight weeks ago by Centrelink.
Documents show that Centrelink contacted Brookes on July 10, on behalf of Ferguson, passing on a request for contact and providing him with Ferguson’s personal details.
Centrelink claimed it was doing so under a service it provided to clients, which helped them to locate friends and relatives with whom they may have lost contact.
The Centrelink letter reads: “Dear Mr Brookes . . . Mr Dennis Ferguson has contacted Centrelink and asked if we could contact you on his behalf,” the letter read. “If you wish to communicate with the above mentioned party you can reach him at . . .”
The letter was sent only three weeks after Brookes had been rearrested for a breach of his bail conditions which applied to another conviction in NSW in 2001.
At the time of their contact, Brookes was on release under an extended supervision order. He was arrested again on July 29 and is back behind bars awaiting a hearing in October, after an alleged breach of the order which prevented him from contacting certain people.
The pair, then both from Lilyfield in Sydney, were jailed in Queensland in 1987 after abducting three children from NSW, taking them to an Ascot motel in inner Brisbane where the children were raped and subjected to vile and indecent acts.
Ferguson’s presence has caused community uproar after the NSW Department of Housing granted him a five-year lease on a public housing unit in Ryde.
After being released in 1999, Brookes returned to NSW where, two years later, he reoffended, after luring a boy into a toilet where he assaulted him. After being released, he returned to Queensland in 2005, a year after Ferguson was finally released from prison. He was again arrested in NSW in February 2007 and convicted to 12 months imprisonment.
The NSW Government tried to keep Brookes behind bars, applying for a continuing detention order in 2008. The courts rejected the appeal.
Just Doesn’t Register
WHAT on earth were Brett Collins and Dennis Ferguson thinking? The strategy of releasing a photograph to the media of Ferguson giving the thumbs-up to an unidentified photographer on Coogee Beach seems like madness and will almost certainly reignite calls for the notorious child sex offender to be hunted down and banished from the undisclosed Sydney suburb he has now made his home.
And unleash a potentially bigger and more violent response than we saw before.
But could it also be a genuine, albeit high-risk, attempt by Collins – a staunch defender of Ferguson from the outset – to make us think more deeply and carefully about our reaction to Ferguson’s presence in the community? The picture is unquestionably disturbing, carefully framed as it is with toddlers playing in the surf behind the two men. For those who can – or want – to remember them, it is immediately reminiscent of the images of children on the sinister video taken by the notorious pedophile Robert ”Dolly” Dunn which was played in evidence to Justice James Wood’s royal commission into the NSW Police Service more than a decade ago. Of course, Collins and Ferguson are not at the beach to offend. They are thumbing their noses at the lynch mob, a perception reinforced by the timing of the photograph’s release to coincide with the apprehended violence order application against Ferguson’s chief antagonist, the Ryde resident Sean Killgallon. Those who know him say the stunt is pure Brett Collins, which recent evidence bears out. Recall how Collins responded to residents’ demands that Ferguson be banished by turning up on his doorstep for the television cameras while cradling a bunch of flowers as a housewarming gift. The toddlers playing in the background of this beach picture will be instantly identified by their parents. The residents of Coogee may be concerned about the suggestion it puts forward that Ferguson has moved to their area. And many readers may also feel outrage at the Herald’s decision to publish the photograph. There are shades of the Bill Henson affair in this. And, although this photograph is certainly not art, there is no question that just as Henson’s provocative images of children created fierce debate about censorship in art, this episode will get the public thinking about the equally difficult issue of rehabilitating pedophiles. It’s an issue that, so far, as a society we have failed dismally to resolve.
Convicted paedophile Dennis Ferguson found dead inside an apartment in Sydney
Notorious paedophile found dead
Convicted paedophile Dennis Ferguson found dead. Source: The Daily Telegraph
Police said the body of a 64-year-old man was found inside an apartment in Surry Hills yesterday. A NSW Police spokesman said paramedics found his body about 1pm and called police. The Dennis Ferguson case “The 64-year-old man was found deceased inside the home,” the spokesman said. “A post mortem examination will be conducted to discover the cause of death but initial inquiries suggest no suspicious circumstances. “A report is being prepared for the coroner.”
Paedophile Dennis Ferguson sold biscuits for the RSPCA in Sydney.
Dennis Ferguson views himself as the victim It is understood his body had been in the apartment for several days before being discovered. In 1987 Ferguson was jailed for 14 years after he and male lover Alexandria George Brookes abducted three children from NSW, taking them to an Ascot motel in inner Brisbane where the children were raped and subjected to vile and indecent acts. Ferguson claimed he was innocent, accusing one of the boys he molested of committing the crimes but a jury found him guilty of all counts of abduction and assault of the three children. He was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment by a judge who noted there was no chance he would be rehabilitated.
Convicted pedophile Dennis Ferguson released from the Wolston Correctional Centre in 2007 in Brisbane. Picture: Philip Norrish
The Dennis Ferguson trial He was released in 2004, but authorities were forced to move him several times from towns including Ipswich and Toowoomba due to public anger at his presence. He was eventually relocated to NSW. In November 2005, Ferguson was charged with sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl at her home in the Queensland town of Dalby. In a rare legal move, the judge granted Ferguson a trial without a jury, as he considered Ferguson would not receive a fair trial by jury. Ferguson was released when the judge found that while the girl had been molested while Ferguson and fellow convicted child sexual abuser Allan Guy had been at her house, it could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt that Ferguson had been responsible.
Convicted paedophile Dennis Ferguson restrained by NSW officers. Picture: Alan Pryke Source: The Daily Telegraph
In 2009, there was outrage when Ferguson’s presence was revealed to neighbours in the Sydney suburb of Ryde, prompting a public outcry that forced the NSW government to change laws in order to relocate him. Ferguson said at the time he posed no threat to children in the general community, but would consider chemical castration if it was deemed safe and effective. He also said people who were sexually attracted to children, over time, lost interest in them. Ferguson last made headlines in July 2012, when he was spotted at Circular Quay selling biscuits to raise money for the RSPCA.