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Anthony Paton off the roads until 2016

By johnboy - 6 January 2014 36

The day Anthony Paton killed his son and ruined the life of the woman he hit on the wrong side of the road he was unlicensed, driving an unregistered car, and wildly drunk at 0.281.

His sentencing has gone online:

I now sentence you to imprisonment for four years and four months for culpable driving causing the death of Andrew Paton and for two years and six months for the culpable driving causing grievous bodily harm to Ciala Myers. The grievous bodily harm sentence will be served so as to add eight months to the total sentence, resulting in a head sentence of five years with a non-parole period of two years and nine months. But for your assistance in the administration of justice, I would have set the head sentence at six years with a non-parole of three and a half years.

The sentence will be backdated to 25 July this year, when you were remanded in custody, and so it will run until 24 July 2018. The effect the backdating and the non-parole period is that you will be eligible for parole, at the earliest, in about 29 months, being 24 April 2016.

You are also disqualified from driving indefinitely until such time as your disqualification is set aside by order of a court.

You may sit down, Mr Paton.

What’s Your opinion?


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36 Responses to
Anthony Paton off the roads until 2016
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IrishPete 5:27 pm
06 Jan 14
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0.281 perhaps?

Why did it take 5 years to convict him and another 4 months to sentence him? Didn’t someone blitz the ACT Courts?

IP

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:34 pm
06 Jan 14
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What the hell?

What is this I don’t even????

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Ian 6:22 pm
06 Jan 14
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So he’ll be out and driving pissed again on 25 April 2016.

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Deref 7:07 pm
06 Jan 14
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“Let the punishment fit the crime”.

Not in this case though.

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IrishPete 8:29 pm
06 Jan 14
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Ian said :

So he’ll be out and driving pissed again on 25 April 2016.

The depends on SAB. He may only be released with restrictions on drinking, and random breath analysis by his supervising officer. He might be required to go to a rehab on release.

Ultimately, though, once he’s release he is responsible for staying sober and not driving. If he stuffs up, his parole will be cancelled.

If he does get pissed, it’ll be a lot cheaper for him after two and a half years of abstinence.

IP

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Mysteryman 9:19 pm
06 Jan 14
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From the Canberra Times: The witness said the man was highly distressed and told her the four men in the car had been drinking and smoking cannabis in the lead-up to the collision.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/man-begged-to-slow-down-before-fatal-crash-20130723-2qhpo.html#ixzz2pc1B2QDT

I went to school with the deceased and while the events leading up to the crash don’t surprise me, it’s still a tragic loss. What a terrible way to learn a lesson that should be common sense.

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A_Cog 11:01 pm
06 Jan 14
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And yet, and yet…

It doesn’t seem long enough.

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Heavs 10:40 am
07 Jan 14
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How did a bloke on benefits for his whole life afford a) a house and b) to drink a case of beer a day

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carnardly 3:32 pm
07 Jan 14
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and he pleaded NOT GUILTY???

well, of course – it wasn’t his fault the accident occurred… someone else pulled the handbrake. (rolls eyes!) I guess his speed and pissed status didn’t have anything to do with it though …. riiiiighhhht…..

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johnboy 3:46 pm
07 Jan 14
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Well he was so pissed he couldn’t remember anything. Could have been anyone’s fault!

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Ian 5:45 pm
07 Jan 14
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carnardly said :

and he pleaded NOT GUILTY???

well, of course – it wasn’t his fault the accident occurred… someone else pulled the handbrake. (rolls eyes!)

I guess his speed and pissed status didn’t have anything to do with it though ….

riiiiighhhht…..

I suppose he could argue he did it but the specific charges were not the right ones and he is not guilty of them.

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Pork Hunt 6:16 pm
07 Jan 14
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Ian said :

carnardly said :

and he pleaded NOT GUILTY???

well, of course – it wasn’t his fault the accident occurred… someone else pulled the handbrake. (rolls eyes!)

I guess his speed and pissed status didn’t have anything to do with it though ….

riiiiighhhht…..

I suppose he could argue he did it but the specific charges were not the right ones and he is not guilty of them.

How so?

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IrishPete 6:30 pm
07 Jan 14
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johnboy said :

Well he was so pissed he couldn’t remember anything. Could have been anyone’s fault!

So what does this mean “But for your assistance in the administration of justice”? Did he buy the judge a beer?

IP

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Pork Hunt 7:32 pm
07 Jan 14
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IrishPete said :

johnboy said :

Well he was so pissed he couldn’t remember anything. Could have been anyone’s fault!

So what does this mean “But for your assistance in the administration of justice”? Did he buy the judge a beer?

IP

Scotch, an expensive scotch at that..

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Ian 9:00 pm
07 Jan 14
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Pork Hunt said :

Ian said :

carnardly said :

and he pleaded NOT GUILTY???

well, of course – it wasn’t his fault the accident occurred… someone else pulled the handbrake. (rolls eyes!)

I guess his speed and pissed status didn’t have anything to do with it though ….

riiiiighhhht…..

I suppose he could argue he did it but the specific charges were not the right ones and he is not guilty of them.

How so?

Maybe he accepted it was dangerous or negligent driving rather than culpable?

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