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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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ScienceRules 8:24 pm
04 May 12
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It’s interesting how the supposedly leftist Canberra denizens are so quick to resort to bloodlust and the “justice” of the mob as shown in many of the comments here.

This is the reason we don’t make laws and rules in the heat of the moment. The calls for a “US-style” justice system are appalling and reflect a general ignorance of the horrors of our once admirable ally. America currently imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world. This is definately not a good thing. The system is biased, bigoted and corrupt and to even consider any of it worthwhile transplanting downunder shows a general ignorance of their problems. For a primer on these issues I recommend either Ed Brayton’s “Dispatches from the Culture Wars” blog or “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander.

We need to be protected from creatures like Monfries but the solution to the problem of his ilk won’t be found in the completely natural but incoherant, illogical and emotional responses seen in this thread.

I’m so sad for the family, friends and co workers of the victims, not to mention the ladies themselves but I won’t abuse their memory by frothing and waving a pitchfork.

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Darkfalz 8:28 pm
04 May 12
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Chalk another death up to the revolving door legal system.

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How_Canberran 8:28 pm
04 May 12
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What ever happened to the good ol’ ‘society is to blame’ card being played?

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HenryBG 9:03 pm
04 May 12
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ScienceRules said :

America currently imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world.

Sounds good to me.

Criminals belong in gaol, not out on the streets killing us.

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HenryBG 9:10 pm
04 May 12
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minniemay said :

But hindsight is 20/20 and all that.

You do not need hindsight to know that a scumbag making his 11th appearance before the courts will, if set free, carry out whatever actions are required to guarantee himself his 12th appearance.

minniemay said :

To suggest a judge is culpable is fairly ridiculous though.

A decision that results in a predictable result to the detriment of the law-abiding community is pure incompetence, if not downright negligence. It’s time judges were made to answer for the results of those bad decisions.

minniemay said :

If a lawyer actually does lie to the court (and note here this is *not* the same as entering a plea of not guilty to test the prosecution’s case)

If he *is* guilty, and the lawyer proceeds with a “not guilty”, then the lawyer is clearly lying. Rationalise it all you like, but don’t bother pretending to be surprised that the general public holds real estate agents and used car salesmen in higher esteem than they do lawyers, who base their entire profession around deception and overcharging.

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pandaman 9:27 pm
04 May 12
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ScienceRules said :

It’s interesting how the supposedly leftist Canberra denizens are so quick to resort to bloodlust and the “justice” of the mob as shown in many of the comments here.

This is the reason we don’t make laws and rules in the heat of the moment. The calls for a “US-style” justice system are appalling and reflect a general ignorance of the horrors of our once admirable ally. America currently imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world. This is definately not a good thing. The system is biased, bigoted and corrupt and to even consider any of it worthwhile transplanting downunder shows a general ignorance of their problems. For a primer on these issues I recommend either Ed Brayton’s “Dispatches from the Culture Wars” blog or “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander.

We need to be protected from creatures like Monfries but the solution to the problem of his ilk won’t be found in the completely natural but incoherant, illogical and emotional responses seen in this thread.

I’m so sad for the family, friends and co workers of the victims, not to mention the ladies themselves but I won’t abuse their memory by frothing and waving a pitchfork.

Yes, admittedly there is a bit of frothing going on, but is it a bad thing? A person is dead, apparently due entirely to the reprehensible actions of one moronic reprobate. A member of the judiciary had a chance to remove this numbnuts from society at large, but chose not to, on the grounds that he believed that said numbnuts was “making some progress” in dealing with his compulsion to get into other peoples cars and drive them when he shouldn’t be driving. (and isn’t that just a fantastically genteel way of describing car theft while high on drugs? Wow!) Justice Refshauge was clearly mistaken in this belief. An innocent person has died, it could have been prevented had the scumbag been incarcerated and\or if a serious effort had been made towards his rehabilitation and now the public are angry at both the offender and the justice system which has failed to deal with him effectively in numerous past interactions. What’s so iIlogical about that? Refshauge appears to have stuffed up, now he’s getting feedback. Hopefully he finds it helpful.

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ScienceRules 9:29 pm
04 May 12
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HenryBG said :

ScienceRules said :

America currently imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world.

Sounds good to me.

Criminals belong in gaol, not out on the streets killing us.

How wonderfully thoughtful of you. I said “citizens” not “criminals”. Most of these prisoners are non-violent drug users, not people whose hobby it is killing the rest of us. Would it be too much to expect you to analyse your position and provide a reasoned response, or are you satisfied with the ole knee-jerk?

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LSWCHP 9:32 pm
04 May 12
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I don’t believe there’s any doubt about what happened here. A good person will be going into the ground in a few days time, with the lives of her family smashed. My mum used to work at TCH, and that could’ve been her.

This bloke has been, and remains as, a threat to all of Canberra’s citizens.

He should be incarcerated permanently or shot.

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zig 9:34 pm
04 May 12
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Justin Monfries….waste of oxygen that is truely deserving of death by breaking wheel.

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Captain RAAF 9:45 pm
04 May 12
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I am prepared to waive my usual fee and put a 240 grain high speed piece of copper/lead into this douche bags brain box for free!

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gooterz 10:13 pm
04 May 12
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Its sad that the modernday courtroom is more a lawyers playground than something that deals in the truth and ‘justice’.

Why do we lock crims up? that means we have to pay for them, when its they whom should be repaying us!.

The problem with most crims is that they’ve always been crims they dont know how to actually put in a days work. If you never have to work to support yourself in society then how are you going to respect the people that do.

The british had an excelent idea. Make use of all the crims and put them to work. 10 Years hard labour would likely cause more infulence than 10 years of tv/ gym / whatever it is that those wankers do all day.

Put them out in the middle of nowhere get them working and dont spare the whip!

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Reprobate 10:28 pm
04 May 12
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TheObserver said :

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

Also sucks to be an everyday citizen going home at the end of a day of helping others.

My sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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Fruit 12:13 am
05 May 12
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All I can say is that when this guy was diagnosed with having Antisocial Personality Disorder, more people should be worried and done something:

Antisocial personality disorder definition:

A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three or more of the following:

failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;
irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;
lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;

B) The individual is at least age 18 years.
C) There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.
D) The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.

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GardeningGirl 12:59 am
05 May 12
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pandaman said :

ScienceRules said :

It’s interesting how the supposedly leftist Canberra denizens are so quick to resort to bloodlust and the “justice” of the mob as shown in many of the comments here.

This is the reason we don’t make laws and rules in the heat of the moment. The calls for a “US-style” justice system are appalling and reflect a general ignorance of the horrors of our once admirable ally. America currently imprisons more of its population than any other country in the world. This is definately not a good thing. The system is biased, bigoted and corrupt and to even consider any of it worthwhile transplanting downunder shows a general ignorance of their problems. For a primer on these issues I recommend either Ed Brayton’s “Dispatches from the Culture Wars” blog or “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander.

We need to be protected from creatures like Monfries but the solution to the problem of his ilk won’t be found in the completely natural but incoherant, illogical and emotional responses seen in this thread.

I’m so sad for the family, friends and co workers of the victims, not to mention the ladies themselves but I won’t abuse their memory by frothing and waving a pitchfork.

Yes, admittedly there is a bit of frothing going on, but is it a bad thing? A person is dead, apparently due entirely to the reprehensible actions of one moronic reprobate. A member of the judiciary had a chance to remove this numbnuts from society at large, but chose not to, on the grounds that he believed that said numbnuts was “making some progress” in dealing with his compulsion to get into other peoples cars and drive them when he shouldn’t be driving. (and isn’t that just a fantastically genteel way of describing car theft while high on drugs? Wow!) Justice Refshauge was clearly mistaken in this belief. An innocent person has died, it could have been prevented had the scumbag been incarcerated and\or if a serious effort had been made towards his rehabilitation and now the public are angry at both the offender and the justice system which has failed to deal with him effectively in numerous past interactions. What’s so iIlogical about that? Refshauge appears to have stuffed up, now he’s getting feedback. Hopefully he finds it helpful.

+1 I was trying to find the words to respond and this sums it up well.

I can’t bring myself to support the idea of the three strikes rule. I wouldn’t want there to be situations where someone made a couple of mistakes in their youth and sorts out their life and years later ends up in jail for something really minor and the system allows no flexibility. But the system needs something to stop these cycles of token “efforts” at rehabilitation and second chances. I think there also needs to be earlier intervention with some people. As someone said earlier, Aspergers and criminality are not linked. (I have to admit I wondered if it’s doctor-diagnosed Aspergers or lawyer-diagnosed Aspergers). People with Aspergers or other conditions should be able to grow up to have happy and worthwhile lives, if there are factors hindering that (did I see drug use mentioned?) they should be identified and dealt with sooner.

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Walker 4:38 am
05 May 12
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This is an immensely tragic and sad thing, and a system let down in several ways. But can we not talk about Asbergers syndrome like it were a form of evil zombie rabies. That’s not right,there’s lots and lots of good people with that condition.

Also, social workers do lots of good things, not just get people off the hook, that’s not a proper and whole view at all. Maybe we don’t hear as much about the success stories.

I can’t judge Justin Monfries. (Apparently, nor can an actual judge, go figure….). Too sad to even try right now even if I had the means. But what I do know, and agree with most, is that Canberra’s had enough of this crap. That much is for sure.

Let’s support the hospital at this time.

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