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On bail Justin Monfries named as driver in Canberra hospital horror smash

By johnboy - 4 May 2012 199

The Canberra Times reports that the man being very grudgingly treated at Canberra hospital after yesterday’s fatal collision on Yamba Drive is one Justin Monfries:

The 24-year-old, who has an extensive criminal history, was on bail for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon, specifically a machete.

He had entered pleas of not guilty to the allegations.

Monfries has been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, and at a bail application earlier this year told the court through his lawyer he was terrified of being returned to prison.

On Facebook there is a Justin Monfries revelling in the userid of “evilkid666”.

UPDATE 04/05/12 14:38: Google gives a hefty list of court appearances.

Also the Chief Police Officer has tweeted the charges:

UPDATE 04/05/12 15:12: The police media release is now up:

ACT Policing has charged a 24-year-old Kambah man following a fatal collision yesterday (Thursday, May 3) afternoon.

Around 4.45pm a 38-year-old woman was killed and another suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the road outside The Canberra Hospital.

Police will allege the vehicle was stolen when it ran a red light and hit the pedestrians who were crossing the intersection at Bateson Road.

The man was discharged from The Canberra Hospital early this afternoon (Friday, May 4), and transported to the ACT Watch House, where he was charged with manslaughter, culpable driving causing death, culpable driving causing grievous bodily harm and other traffic related offences.

He will face the ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon.

UPDATE 04/05/12 18:53: The ABC has named the victims as the “killed Linda Cox, 38, who worked in the hospital’s cardiology department and seriously injured Ashlee Bumpus, 25”

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On bail Justin Monfries named as driver in Canberra hospital horror smash
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Slice 2:58 pm
04 May 12
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Poor victims……….killed by an assburger.

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gospeedygo 3:12 pm
04 May 12
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I thought I recognised that name…….I always knew that I went to school with some absolute winners at Gold Creek.

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Gerry-Built 3:13 pm
04 May 12
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“terrified of being returned to prison” hey? There is a really easy way to avoid that; and at least 99% of the population seem to have cottoned on to it…

Oh; and most people with Asperger’s seem to be able to avoid prison, too… so f-off that excuse…

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Girt_Hindrance 3:17 pm
04 May 12
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Clear medical intervention required- this scum is in need of some High velocity intra-cerebral lead therapy.
Stat!

Just such a completely inequitable circumstance where this oxygen-thief’s ‘chances’ end up costing society someone of benefit and worth.

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Gerry-Built 3:24 pm
04 May 12
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“ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says pedestrian safety on the road was investigated when the new hospital carpark was built.

But she says further studies may be needed.”
-ABC News
Further studies MAY be needed, Ms Gallagher? I think it is pretty clear what is needed is an overpass or better parking facilities on the premises; not a frickin’ study that will tell you exactly the same thing. I’d suggest there is a very good case against the ACT Government for failing in their duty of care for their employees – for making them cross one of Canberra’s busiest roads nearing and into Peak Hour. Perhaps a class action from employees of TCH, even…

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HenryBG 3:28 pm
04 May 12
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dpm said :

Clever work Justice Richard Refshauge.

Yes.

It’s not every day one of our judges has his piss-weak judgment overturned as emphatically as has happened this time, but it was only a matter of time. They keep letting them walk, and they keep ending up in court pleading for “another chance”.

We need a three strikes rule. It’s the law-abiding who need to be served by the justice system, not the lawless.

And convert that 5-star holiday resort into a proper prison with the capacity to accept all of Canberra’s criminal scum at a reasonable price. Ditch the gourmet catering and the army of counsellors.

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TheObserver 3:38 pm
04 May 12
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Might be worth pointing out that the ABC666 coverage of this in the morning was crap-your-pants tabloid ugly, IMHO – and the way that the interviewer on the B’fast show was seemingly pretty desperate to get the police to fess that it was a police pursuit was low budget. No other description for it. Next thing there will be the usual suspects blaming the coppers. Then this oxygen thief will get a good slapping with a limp celery stick until he says “Uncle”.

Yep – must suck being a copper or prosecutor in this town.

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c_c 3:44 pm
04 May 12
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TheObserver said :

Might be worth pointing out that the ABC666 coverage of this in the morning was crap-your-pants tabloid ugly, IMHO – and the way that the interviewer on the B’fast show was seemingly pretty desperate to get the police to fess that it was a police pursuit was low budget. No other description for it. Next thing there will be the usual suspects blaming the coppers. Then this oxygen thief will get a good slapping with a limp celery stick until he says “Uncle”.

Yep – must suck being a copper or prosecutor in this town.

This wasn’t bloody Solly again was it? He is an absolute embarrassment.

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mickey 3:46 pm
04 May 12
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Tool said :

Time for legislative reform, this is the usual crap over and over, a sob story about someone the system let down who goes out with no regard for laws or any other person and now look what happens.  You commit an indictable offence and kill someone it should be murder, I have no doubt he will get cuplable drive causing death – woopty doo 14 years for this piece of trash is hardly enough.  First we had CRK and then Amber Westin, now Justin Monfries, how many more people need to be killed by idiots before we will get serious.  It is an election year, Corbell grow some nuts and look after the 99% of your community who are law abiding and pay taxes and actually offer something to Canberra, and stop protecting leaches like Monfries.  Human Rights boo hoo, one mans actions have in an instant ruined many, many lives, speak to them about Human Rights

It is very clear that the majority of citizens want legislative reform to make laws tighter and sentences stricter. What will it take for the legislators to make these changes? Do we not live in a democratic country?

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cooko 3:51 pm
04 May 12
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Do we really need to have a link to his facebook page?

Lets at least leave his family and friends out of it despite the number of familiar friends he has.

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Jim Jones 3:53 pm
04 May 12
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TheObserver said :

Might be worth pointing out that the ABC666 coverage of this in the morning was crap-your-pants tabloid ugly, IMHO – and the way that the interviewer on the B’fast show was seemingly pretty desperate to get the police to fess that it was a police pursuit was low budget. No other description for it. Next thing there will be the usual suspects blaming the coppers. Then this oxygen thief will get a good slapping with a limp celery stick until he says “Uncle”.

Yep – must suck being a copper or prosecutor in this town.

Bollocks.

I heard it. He raised the question of police pursuit, the question was answered and the interview moved on.

Some d1ckh3ad texted in saying it was like ‘talkback radio’ complaining about the same thing and the police officer he was interviewing defended him.

You’ve obviously got some sort of agenda against that station if you think that way.

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dpm 3:54 pm
04 May 12
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Gerry-Built said :

“ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says pedestrian safety on the road was investigated when the new hospital carpark was built.

But she says further studies may be needed.”
-ABC News
Further studies MAY be needed, Ms Gallagher? I think it is pretty clear what is needed is an overpass or better parking facilities on the premises; not a frickin’ study that will tell you exactly the same thing. I’d suggest there is a very good case against the ACT Government for failing in their duty of care for their employees – for making them cross one of Canberra’s busiest roads nearing and into Peak Hour. Perhaps a class action from employees of TCH, even…

In this case, of a super-busy road with staff parking on the other side, it is probably worthwhile.
But overall, in her defence, do we then really need an overpass at every set of (RED) traffic lights (with walking signals) to protect us from flognuts who run red lights? Surely, instead of having to spend money on overpasses (and studies on overpasses) to protect us from them (while letting them roam free), it would be more morally correct to simply keep these recidivists off the streets? I’d personally be happier with that.

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cranky 4:08 pm
04 May 12
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Perhaps road spikes which raise up whenever the traffic has a red light? :-)

Keeping these recidivist morons well away from society is the obvious answer. I’m not sure how the judicial thought patterns work, but given the records of CLK, Amber Jane and Mully, to name but three, surely the penny must drop that the sob story in court has to be treated with contempt.

We are being killed by these wretched people!

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Solidarity 4:30 pm
04 May 12
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Set up and overpass and you get deros lobbing rocks at cars.

Lose/lose.

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Proboscus 4:54 pm
04 May 12
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Ben_Dover said :

Monfries has been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, and at a bail application earlier this year told the court through his lawyer he was terrified of being returned to prison.

Better let him go then, oh, and get him a new social worker for goodness sake!

+1

There was a young bloke a few years ago who murdered his mum (stabbed her 57 times or something) who got off because he had Ashbergers (apolgies for spelling) Syndrome.

This arse hat will definitely get off…

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