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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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dpm 11:06 am
06 May 12
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IrishPete said :

…. The world would be a far better place if the people who fantasise about killing other people were taken out the back and shot. (That’s irony folks.)

IP

I assume, with your comment, the irony is that you would then be one of the ones taken out back and shot? :-)

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mareva 1:08 pm
06 May 12
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The guy pictured is not Justin Monfries.

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Diggety 1:33 pm
06 May 12
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mareva said :

The guy pictured is not Justin Monfries.

Another good reason why lynch mobs are bad.

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buzz819 1:39 pm
06 May 12
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mareva said :

The guy pictured is not Justin Monfries.

Hmm… Wait a sec… Yes, yes it is Justin.

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Tetranitrate 3:05 pm
06 May 12
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Haha what? so I just looked at the facebook page:
“Justin likes Alexander Machonocie Centre. · Like Page · Find More Pages”
For real? could this page be a joke or a vindictive prank? hacked maybe? or could he really be that thick?

I know someone had made a page about CRK that would have made eyes bleed at the ACT department of justice & community safety, but that page seems to have been removed.
-it came up shortly after the Riotact post on “the Queen vs you-know-who” was removed.

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Tetranitrate 3:06 pm
06 May 12
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oh wait, the CRK one is still there. Hasn’t been removed yet.

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Diggety 3:20 pm
06 May 12
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Last night I had a dream that Justin Monfries and Amber Westin had a baby together.

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pandaman 5:08 pm
06 May 12
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ScienceRules said :

/quote]

Hi Pandaman. Firstly, thanks for a thoughtful and reasoned contribution, quite the breath of fresh air!

Of course I don’t think that the judiciary should go unexamined or laws and processes unchanged, after all, that’s the mark of a growing civilisation. I just don’t think that these changes should pander (ha!) to the baying mob as we see so often in the US, for example. Perhaps automatic remand and denial of bail for some offences or other circumstances is a good idea, but I suspect that the law is more complex than us non-lawyers realise and that feel-good, “common sense” quick fixes will likely not achieve the desired result.

I agree with your assessment of the psychology behind these outbursts however and I don’t believe that anyone commenting here, even the most vocal, would really be comfortable living in a society where summary execution (or any kind for that matter) was part of local jurisprudence.

Like yourself, I am not ashamed of my opinions and am happy to stand by them publically. After I retire. In the meantime, my employment crosses over with many of the topics we chat about here on RA and I’ve no choice to cover my stubbly face behind the veil of pseudonymity.

Alright! We appear to be roughly on the same page. Thanks for the clarification and I’ll say no more on the issue then.

Deckard said :

pandaman said :

Another word regarding the anonimity issue, anyone with a moderate interest in internet forensics and access to the google could work out who I am, and I’ve no doubt that’s true for the majority of people commenting on this site. What’s more I really don’t care from a conscience perspective. I just don’t want to advertise, it’s hard enough separating work and personal life in the modern age, without the internet making things blurry.

Ahh, I worked it out. How’s the knitting going for you then?

http://knit-n-panda.blogspot.com.au/

Bahahahaha, oh dude, nicely done. You found me and uncovered my shameful secret, the love of knitted socks. Wow, there’s some strange people out there. :-s

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milkman 7:14 pm
06 May 12
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Looks like CRK was back in court a couple of weeks ago for another bail related matter.

[Link deleted because we could go to prison for letting you know the turd’s name.]

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milkman 7:41 pm
06 May 12
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milkman said :

Looks like CRK was back in court a couple of weeks ago for another bail related matter.

[Link deleted because we could go to prison for letting you know the turd’s name.]

Sorry – didn’t realise it was an issue.

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johnboy 7:43 pm
06 May 12
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We’re already on a warning for linking to court documents. Which is ludicrous but I don’t care enough about the issue to be a prisoner of conscience over it.

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milkman 8:02 pm
06 May 12
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johnboy said :

We’re already on a warning for linking to court documents. Which is ludicrous but I don’t care enough about the issue to be a prisoner of conscience over it.

You’re right – linking to publicly available information should hardly be an issue, but I suspect the powers that be might have a problem with you running RiotACT from within the AMC.

Still, you could probably get some good interviews…

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c_c 9:39 pm
06 May 12
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johnboy said :

We’re already on a warning for linking to court documents. Which is ludicrous but I don’t care enough about the issue to be a prisoner of conscience over it.

How does that work?

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johnboy 10:01 pm
06 May 12
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DHCS write a letter warning us off, or else.

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Thumper 10:03 pm
06 May 12
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johnboy said :

We’re already on a warning for linking to court documents. Which is ludicrous but I don’t care enough about the issue to be a prisoner of conscience over it.

That is, well, quite incredibly amazing.

Not to mention completely ridiculous.

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