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Rose Darling: 'He's not dangerous'
The sister of convicted child rapist Andrew Darling says her brother has been let down by the system.
Andrew Darling, 42, is still on the run after he fled Corella Place in Ararat shortly after 2.30am on Sunday.
Police have warned the public not to approach Darling who is known to wear camouflage clothing.
But speaking with Nick McCallum, Rose Darling said her brother was "not dangerous".
She said she spoke with Darling just last week.
“He was a bit down. He’s feeling down with the system because they’re supposed to be helping him to find accommodation and it just doesn’t seem to be working and it gets put off longer and longer," she said.
“He’s housed around people who are quite disgusting in their behaviour and their talking and things like that and he spends a lot of time on his own there.
“He just wants them to stand true by their words that they’re going to find him somewhere to live.
“He did something years ago, when he was in his early 20s, he did commit a crime, yes, but that’s not him. That was under the influence of alcohol and at a bad time.”
LISTEN IN FULL: Rose Darling begs her brother to return home
Ms Darling begged her brother to return home.
“Andrew you need to come back so we can get it sorted out and hopefully with what we’ve been bring up while you’ve been gone, we could probably get them to get the wheels moving better, making people more aware that this isn’t functioning properly,” she said.
But the concerned sister said she understood the public’s concerns surrounding her brother and said she too would be worried if a convicted child rapist moved into her neighbourhood.
“Of course they’re going to be concerned, I would be concerned myself, but the point is that Andrew has spent his time in jail,” she said.
“Andrew deserves the opportunity to get back into the community and to try and have some sort of a life, we can’t keep Andrew locked up forever because the system’s not working, it’s not fair.”
Ms Darling also said her brother had absolutely no bush skills as suggested by authorities.
If you see Darling, do not approach him; call 000 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 immediately.