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Canberra thieves follow the money

By 6 September 2009

The Canberra Times has the happy news that our criminal classes are smart enough, and mobile enough, to head towards the lush and leafy 2603 postcode.
ACT Policing figures show homes in postcode 2603, spanning leafy inner south suburbs, have proportionately been the most preyed upon by burglars for three years. Residents reported 26.5 dwelling [...]

The Power of the Lollypop

By 3 September 2009

What is the power of a lolly-pop man or lady?
 Well this morning in the Bus Interchange in Civic on the corner of East Row and Alinga Street, heaps, apparently.
 A lollypop lady took it upon herself to go beyond the normal “Stop/Slow” functions and considered it her role to use the lollypop as a barrier to [...]

Justice denied, expect further delays

By 2 September 2009

The idea that “Justice delayed is justice denied” is something of a keystone of modern legal practice. In fact, it goes back to the very foundations of the modern legal system, being part of the Magna Carta.
To no one …will we refuse, or delay, right nor justice.
Clause 40, The Magna Carta
So back in May, Chief [...]

Police Wrap – 31 August

By 2 September 2009

1. Canberra’s answer to the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?
[Update - September 01 2009]
The AFP have released further information including the name of the missing surf skiier – 30 year old Peter Morrison, of Jerrabomberra, NSW.
The ABC has more about his disapearance into Lake Burley Griffin.
At approximately 12.40 pm this afternoon (August 30) a 30-year-old [...]

The Speeding Camera Vans of the ACT

By 30 August 2009

A big congratulations to the driver of ACT Govt speed camera van with rego plate YFA-46R that was stationed on the center median strip of the Monaro Highway north bound lanes, just near the Snowy Hydro copter shop today, Sunday 27 August . 
After a long day of keeping our roads safer by sending out fines in the [...]

Tribunals too slow to be bothered with for security industry?

By 30 August 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that despite many infringements it’s quicker for the Office of Regulatory Services to just not renew security licences annually than to go to the trouble of getting the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal to revoke them:
A spokeswoman said the ORS often declined to renew licences for wayward workers when they [...]

Police Wrap – 29 August

By 29 August 2009

1. Alleged ram raider brought to justice:
A 16-year-old male youth will appear in the ACT Children’s Court this morning (August 26) charged with attempted aggravated burglary, taking a motor vehicle without consent and minor theft.
This follows an incident at the Jamison Centre in Macquarie, on Wednesday, August 5, during which a stolen white Holden Commodore [...]

The Chief Justice and the DPP

By 29 August 2009

What is happening over at the ACT DPP.  In a decision published only yesterday, the Chief Justice wrote “The applicant does not seem to have understood this.”  
The applicant was the DPP! Surely, our most senior law officer would not fail to grasp any point?  Or if he didn’t, he would be more subtle in [...]

ACT Health seek permision to starve patient

By 29 August 2009

ABC news is reporting about an elderly, mentally ill patient who is on a hunger strike, psychotically believing he won’t die and it will bring him closer to God. ACT Health, supported by the ACT public advocate which is his leagal guardian, are seeking permission from the supreme court to not force-feed him, and allow [...]

No Utilities Rent for Actew

By 26 August 2009

The ABC has this story on the Federal Court ruling that the ACT government cannot impose a utilities tax as its unconstitutional. Leaving a nice big $18 million hole in the budget surplus. Well done on Queanbeyan on questioning the imposition of these fees.
My question is, does this tax have a connection to [...]

Police Wrap – 24 August

By 24 August 2009

1. Road spikes catch teeny car thieves:
ACT Policing officers were required to deploy road spikes in order to apprehend four juveniles in a stolen car on Saturday night (August 22).
Around 10.40pm, Tuggeranong General Duties police on patrol in Barraclough Crescent, Monash, attempted a traffic stop on a white Ford Laser. The vehicle failed [...]

Working with Vulnerable People Checks

By 24 August 2009

The ACT Government is seeking community comment on a proposed system of background checking of people working with vulnerable people in the ACT. The ACT Minister for Community Services, Katy Gallagher MLA, released a discussion paper on A Working with Vulnerable People Checking System for the ACT in mid August 2009. 
Factsheets and the discussion paper can [...]

Nasty rape case gets nastier

By 23 August 2009

The Canberra Times brings word of Tuggeranong mayhem and intimidation of an alleged rape victim.
The ACT Magistrates Court heard yesterday that the boyfriend of the 16-year-old girl at the centre of the case was attacked, his car was torched and her mother received abusive phone calls.
A bail application hearing for one of the girl’s [...]

DPP’s had enough of soft drink driving sentences

By 23 August 2009

The ABC brings word that the Director of Public Prosecutions has had enough of soft sentencing for drink drivers in the Magistrate’s Court and is asking the Supremes to have a look at it.
Last year 38-year-old Peter Waugh from Kambah recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.185.
He appeared in court in May on two drink-driving [...]

ACT Bar Associations Porn Web Site

By 22 August 2009

Well this is one way to spice up the law.
The Australian is reporting that someone hacked into the new web site of the ACT Bar Association and turned it into a porn site.
The site is now shown as being “under construction”

Laptop & PSP stolen from TCH Ward

By 20 August 2009

A heartless thief has stolen an Acer laptop computer, a PSP (which was on loan) and 2 games (Atari and Rome) from a room in a ward of The Canberra Hospital yesterday.  My 2 and half year old nephew has been in this ward for over 2 weeks dealing with complications arising from a debilitating [...]

Possum Mutilators of Ainslie

By 19 August 2009

[Update - RSPCA ACT has followed on below with the results of what occurred]
[First Filed August 18, 2009 @ 23:38]
RSPCA ACT has put out a statement asking for any witnesses to a number of possum bashings in the Ainslie area on Tuesday afternoon.
“Late Tuesday afternoon a number of possums were brought to RSPCA by
government rangers. [...]

Canberra the Capital without Murders

By 19 August 2009

The Daily Telegraph has a piece on how canberra appears a killers paradise compared to NSW. They highlight that there have been no murder convictions in the ACT in 11 years, and that any killings are usually prosecuted as manslaughter as its easier to get a conviction, but therefore goes with a much lighter [...]

Bill Posters Innocent Under ACT Human Rights Laws

By 18 August 2009

The ACT Greens and ACT Liberals are standing up for Bill Posters and declaring him innocent under the ACT Human Rights Legislation.
The ABC brings this story on how Jon Stanhope wants to persecute and prosecute poor old Bill Posters.
While the Greens have put out this release on why Bill Posters should be protected.
I’m [...]

Strangler on the loose

By 18 August 2009

The ABC has brought news that the Chief Magistrate has granted bail to an accused strangler, despite being held in custody since June.
The accused strangler is reportedly taking anti-psychotic medication, and presumably has been assessed as being of minimal risk to the wider community (we hope).

Police Wrap – 17 August

By 17 August 2009

1. On kids and road safety:
A 13-year-old girl was transported to The Canberra Hospital in a serious but stable condition earlier today (August 17) after being struck by a vehicle on her way to school.
Officers from ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Service responded to reports of the collision on Tharwa Drive in Calwell about 9.00am [...]

FREE true crime doco and album filmed and recorded in Canberra…Free download.

By 16 August 2009
FREE true crime doco and album filmed and recorded in Canberra...Free download.

Hey guys,
Local Canberra record label KP Rekordz have just released a free true crime documentary that was filmed around Canberra.
Pretty interesting stuff.
A few stories about the shady side of Canberra…A shooting, a stabbing and corruption within the AFP.

They also put out a free album…Just downloaded it and Im really impressed….It’s good to see some Canberra [...]

Police Wrap – 15 August

By 15 August 2009

1. Who’s a clever boy then?
A 19-year-old Chifley man will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (August 17) to face charges in relation to 39 traffic offences.
Police will allege the man was identified speeding by fixed speed cameras at various locations across Canberra on 38 different occasions between April 21 and August 10 [...]

Drama in Duffy

By 13 August 2009

Anyone hear/see all the drama in Duffy today?
Cops raiding a house – guy escapes out the back window (window was closed) and runs into the bush.
Police, helicopter – all very exciting for quiet lil ole duffy.

Police Wrap – 13 August

By 13 August 2009

1. Now it’s the youths hitting the houses:
ACT Policing will summons a 17-year-old, south Canberra juvenile to the ACT Children’s Court for multiple driving and traffic offences. after an incident around 11.10pm yesterday.
Police will allege they were conducting routine patrols of Gilmore in an unmarked police vehicle, when they observed a White Honda Civic exceeding [...]

Guilty plea over fatal car crash

By 13 August 2009

I figured that I would add the following after the general consensus at the time of the crash was that we would wait to see what the verdict was and resume the discussions from there (original post).
In case you don’t recall, I am one of the brothers of the mother in the other car.  My [...]

Death at the Prison

By 13 August 2009
Death at the Prison

[First filed: August 12, 2009 @ 14:06]

Early reports are coming though on the radio of a death at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
Just as long as human rights were complied with along the way eh?
More details as they come to hand.
UPDATE 1: The ABC’s initial report is online:
An ACT Government spokeswoman has confirmed a person has [...]

Police Wrap – 12 August

By 12 August 2009

1. Why it pays to keep a baseball bat by the door:
ACT Policing is seeking to identify two males who attempted to steal a vehicle from a residence in Phillip, were disturbed by the owner, and then assaulted the owner before fleeing the location.
Around 3am today at a home in Phillip, a 30-year-old male disturbed [...]

Police Wrap – 11 August

By 11 August 2009
Police Wrap - 11 August

1. So it was a Video Ezy:
Detectives from ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group are investigating a robbery at the Video Ezy at Ngunnawal Shops on Wanganeen Avenue around 8.57pm yesterday (August 8).
A male wearing a beanie and a black polar-fleece zip-up jumper entered the store and threatened staff with a knife demanding cash. The [...]

The High Court shares its thoughts on the ACT’s courts.

By 10 August 2009

[First filed: August 07, 2009 @ 10:27]
The presentation and adjudication of the case in the courts below do cause it to merit a place in the precedent books. The reasons for placing it there turn on the numerous examples it affords of how litigation should not be conducted or dealt with. The proceedings reveal a [...]

Police Wrap – 10 August

By 10 August 2009

1. Steel wheels attract attention:
A 20-year-old female driver will be summonsed to court after she was identified early this morning (August 10) driving a vehicle whilst allegedly ten times over the legal blood alcohol limit.
The female came to the attention of police just after midnight after she was observed driving a vehicle along Flinders Way [...]

Once would have sufficed

By 9 August 2009

There’s little in this world more dangerous than an enthusiastic idiot.
The Australian brings word of a Turner man who set out trying to call the police and ended up charged himself, after the alleged 60th call.
The 45-year-old man, from Turner in Canberra’s inner north, had called police yesterday to report the assault of his [...]

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