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20 year old woman mugs deaf man in Woden Bus Interchange

By johnboy 17 September 2012 17

ACT Policing has arrested a 20-year-old woman who allegedly robbed a hearing-impaired man at the Woden Bus Interchange yesterday (Sunday, September 16).

Police will allege that around 1.37pm the offender approached the 46-year-old Kambah man, who feared for his safety and handed over a sum of cash. The victim is both hearing impaired and mute, and communicates through sign language.

An anonymous witness saw the incident and contacted ACT Policing Operations, and an alert was issued on the alleged offender.

Police officers attending the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Monday, September 17) recognised the alleged offender. She was later arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House where she was charged under Section 32 of the Crimes Act, “make demand with threat to kill or inflict grievous bodily harm”.

Police will oppose bail.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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poetix 1:33 pm 18 Sep 12

Watson said :

Never nice to be mugged, but I really don’t see why it is relevant that the victim was hearing impaired? To insinuate that that would make the crime somehow more immoral seems rather patronising to me. It’s not as if the victim was mentally challenged or less physically able.

I really don’t know why the fact that he uses sign language needed to be added to the media release at all either.

He couldn’t call out for help, for example, being mute. I think it is certainly worse than if the alleged offender picked on an adult person without a disability. Do you think she would have chosen a man of that age without a disability? Note the degree of threat implied in the charge, too.

Well done to the person who reported the matter. We can’t all be Dogman and intervene, but they did the right thing in at least contacting police.

carnardly 1:23 pm 18 Sep 12

You and me can hear someone screaming at us. The chap involved probably had no idea why he was being yelled at or what was being yelled at him. He was obviously having to read other body language as a threat with no idea why.

Watson 12:47 pm 18 Sep 12

Never nice to be mugged, but I really don’t see why it is relevant that the victim was hearing impaired? To insinuate that that would make the crime somehow more immoral seems rather patronising to me. It’s not as if the victim was mentally challenged or less physically able.

I really don’t know why the fact that he uses sign language needed to be added to the media release at all either.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 11:28 am 18 Sep 12

Sorry guys, somehow missed the sunday party in my rage

schmeah 11:21 am 18 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It was during the middle of lunch. Interchange s packed. What were the surrounding people doing?

It was on a Sunday … not quite as busy, but the anonymous caller did the right thing.

Also, identified at the magistrates court .. classssssy!

poetix 10:11 am 18 Sep 12

Unbelievably callous and so sad. I hope the victim is being assisted, as his money has undoubtedly gone.

cmdwedge 9:57 am 18 Sep 12

She’s 30 years old in the article. Poor thing must have aged terribly.

    johnboy 10:00 am 18 Sep 12

    Looks like the police have changed their story since the time of publication.

Henry82 8:50 am 18 Sep 12

🙁 wow, what a terrible experience for the victim, i hope he is okay

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It was during the middle of lunch. Interchange s packed. What were the surrounding people doing?

Sunday.

DUB 8:00 am 18 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It was during the middle of lunch. Interchange s packed. What were the surrounding people doing?

On Sunday? I highly doubt it.
But job well done by police and the witness who reported it.

Flossie 7:29 am 18 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It was during the middle of lunch. Interchange s packed. What were the surrounding people doing?

Apparently “Real heroes walk away “

Mav 7:27 am 18 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It was during the middle of lunch. Interchange s packed. What were the surrounding people doing?

Becoming intently interested in their own lunch by the looks of it.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:44 am 18 Sep 12

It was during the middle of lunch. Interchange s packed. What were the surrounding people doing?

Spykler 9:53 pm 17 Sep 12

I am trying to recall if there has been anyone lower than this bottom feeder in a while..

Duffbowl 7:54 pm 17 Sep 12

So, the offender was recognised in the ACT Magistrates Court. Recidivism at its finest…

MissGen 7:47 pm 17 Sep 12

Wow, Canberra’s just getting classier and classier every day …… 😐 How awful for the poor victim. Hopefully this doesn’t cause him to loose courage and leave him fearful when getting out and about.

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