Amber Jane Westin pleas guilty – MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF TWO YEARS

Kerces 21 February 2007 37

[First filed: February 20, 2007 @ 16:10]

The ABC radio news is running a report that Amber Jane Westin has pleaded guilty to at least some of the charges against her.

In December her charge sheet stood at: culpable driving causing death, unlicensed driving, using an unregistered vehicle, using an uninsured vehicle, using a vehicle that had registration for another vehicle, using a vehicle with a number plate for another vehicle and failing to stop for police.

She had not previously been required to enter pleas for all of these.

UPDATED: The Canberra Times is reporting that due to pleading guilty in the Magistrate’s Court Ms. Westin can only be sentenced to a maximum of two years for her crimes.


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Spykler Spykler 1:49 pm 29 Dec 12

Is there a statute of limitations on resurrecting old threads?..This has to be some sort of RA record.

MonarchRepublic MonarchRepublic 12:27 pm 29 Dec 12

Been on a zombie-thread resurrection bender overnight, Cleo?

steveu steveu 9:05 am 29 Dec 12

cleo said :

It would cost the taxpayers more money to lock her up, plus children would be in foster homes, which is probably hard to find foster carers.

Im presuming she doesnt know who the fathers of her kids are if that is the case?

Lets hope it can get shfted to supreme court, with one of the NSW judges presiding, and we might see some sentencing that meets the expectations of the community. Oh well we can hope.

Condolences to the victim and her family,

cleo cleo 3:28 am 29 Dec 12

It would cost the taxpayers more money to lock her up, plus children would be in foster homes, which is probably hard to find foster carers.

simto simto 9:13 am 26 Feb 07

It isn’t the sentance that’s inaequate, it’s the charge! She hasn’t been charged with murder, manslaughter, or any of its derivatives, therefore she isn’t being sentanced for them – just for (to quote from the article):

“culpable driving causing death, unlicensed driving, using an unregistered vehicle, using an uninsured vehicle, using a vehicle that had registration for another vehicle, using a vehicle with a number plate for another vehicle and failing to stop for police”

None of these are charges that go outside a magistrate’s juristiction, which means none of them attract more than two years.

The main question is for the DPP – why aren’t the more serious charges available to pursue against Ms Westin?

Maelinar Maelinar 8:37 am 26 Feb 07

How about a real sentence ?

We all know that putting her behind bars is going to do absolutely nothing to her, except learning ways of doing things a little bit better for next time she’s avoiding the police – thus making it harder or the ramifications more extreme.

If a judge passed a sentence of never to be paid social welfare payments ever again, surely that would change her attitude to life ?

It would certainly be impetus towards becoming a respectable member of the community and holding down a proper job, on account of if she ever lost that privelege (wage earner), her family would be footing the bills and not falling to a gumnut liability.

If it didn’t work, and led to her spiral downwards into a life of criminal intent, then who cares ? – she’ll get picked up in her own good time and suffer the consequenses in due course.

hmmms – I kind of like that idea… How many people would be receiving the dole if you excluded people with prior convictions ???

vg vg 9:14 pm 25 Feb 07

And Mutley, I have forgotten how long since someone was sentenced consecutively in this town. No chance whatsoever AJW will be.

Jebus, if she spends any time at all on remand they’ll count that towards her sentence, despite the fact it isn’t supposed to count….then again if she isn’t in custody after breaching her bail twice then there’s no chance of that either

vg vg 9:11 pm 25 Feb 07

If you are charged with murder the maximum sentence is life

smokey4 smokey4 7:56 pm 25 Feb 07

Seems very light compared to what other similar situations down in Brackistan get.

lumnock lumnock 9:28 am 23 Feb 07

I vote for the death sentence. It’s just putting back in place what social welfare has taken away from natural selection people!

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 1:37 pm 22 Feb 07

Sounds like somebody manipulating the system for their benefit.

Nothing wrong with that then!

bonfire bonfire 10:34 am 22 Feb 07

i agree jb and yet another reason why i think the jury system shoudl be expanded and NOT reduced.

getting rid of juries is something professional lawyers have been working on for years.

because they are ‘experts’ and would rather not rely on the unwashed masses to decide the fate of people.

johnboy johnboy 11:40 pm 21 Feb 07

“What is the maximum term that Mauricio Rao (Cube stabber) is facing compared to AmberJane Westin?”

I’ll be very surprised if a jury is willing to convict him. Not on legal grounds, but on the emotional grounds which define why we keep a jury of our peers around to decide guilt and innocence.

But I await the outcome of the trial.

Sammy Sammy 9:51 pm 21 Feb 07

or Glenn Porritt.

hk0reduck hk0reduck 9:22 pm 21 Feb 07

What is the maximum term that Mauricio Rao (Cube stabber) is facing compared to AmberJane Westin?

mutley mutley 3:22 pm 21 Feb 07

Damn, damn, damn. Yes, I do.

Blood alcamahol is obviously dipping to dangerously low levels.

Ari Ari 3:15 pm 21 Feb 07

Hey mutley, I think you mean “consecutively”, not “concurrently”?

mutley mutley 3:12 pm 21 Feb 07

wow, the sentence in my post above is longer than the one she’ll get.

Sorry… I’ll go now… is it time for a San Mig lunch?

mutley mutley 3:10 pm 21 Feb 07

Adding to vg above, it is possible for magistrates to hand down concurrent sentences, so theoretically (let’s say somewhere where sentencing is taken seriously) she could get the max for each charge to which she has copped the guilty plea and be sentenced to serve them concurrently, which would give her a nice big holiday.

Never happen.

vg vg 2:40 pm 21 Feb 07

My understanding of it all is as above. Mags Court can only hand down a max of 2 years. Having said that I think I remember matters where they plead guilty in the Mags and then get sentenced in the Supreme. Both Courts in the ACT are as bad as each other.

I’m not 100% but I’m sure someone (whether it be the DPP or the Court itself) can object to it being heard in the Mags, and pop it up to Supreme. I’m guessing that some sort of deal was struck with her only pleading guilty if it was left in the Mags, hence saving the time/money for a trial.

That’s my understanding anyway, I don’t know directly of any deals.

Having said that, hang onto your collective hats Canberra, I sense another pathetically inadequate sentence coming. Preparing to say ‘I told you so’ some time soon

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