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And now, a bus driver…

By johnboy 8 November 2009 38

The Canberra Times brings word of the efforts made by one Thomas Johnston to make us all afraid of our bus drivers.

Thomas Johnston, 49, of Latham, was charged with administering a harmful substance to another person that was likely to endanger their life.

He was also charged with having child pornography.

Johnston allegedly gave the girl ether on Monday, knocking her out.

The girl and her parents complained a short time later.

This charming man is now out on bail.

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Erg0 2:01 pm 23 May 11

Mysteryman said :

Yeah, I’m purely interested in the numbers – how often the police arrest the wrong people. I probably should have made it clearer in my first post 🙂

To reiterate: define “wrong”. A failure to convict doesn’t necessarily mean that the wrong person was arrested, so it would be very difficult to come up with an actual number.

shadow boxer 2:00 pm 23 May 11

Ergo said

It’s time we as a society stopped tolerating this sort of behaviour.

Because we’ve been so tolerant of it up to this point?

Well yes, as the father of 8 year old twins I think we have been far too tolerant of child abuse. Most people get off without a jail sentence.

Mysteryman 1:49 pm 23 May 11

Spideydog said :

Mysteryman said :

Spideydog said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m curious… how often do you think police actually arrest and charge the wrong person? I imagine that it would be a very rare occurrence.

The whole reason there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, is so that in making the decision of guilt/innocence, they/we aren’t meant to be pre-biased. This helps ensure a fair verdict.

Up until a verdict has been handed down, it is merely a allegation, no matter how “red handed” it appears.

That has nothing to do with what I said. I wasn’t talking about the presumption of innocence. I’m interested purely in knowing how often mistakes are made (or aren’t).

Going on the previous tones from comments made in this thread, I read your comment as “because Police don’t often get it wrong, then most people that go to court, are guilty”. If your curiosity is purely about conviction rates alone, then so be it and I will retract my comment 🙂

Yeah, I’m purely interested in the numbers – how often the police arrest the wrong people. I probably should have made it clearer in my first post 🙂

magiccar9 12:56 pm 23 May 11

Is anyone else asking the question where this all happened? If it was at his house, what was the girl doing there alone in the first place? If it was on the bus, why the was girl alone, and what happened to everyone else? I’m not saying that I defend any part of this. I don’t – not by a long shot. But I’m curious as to how this all came about without the parents knowing at the time…

Spideydog 12:55 pm 23 May 11

Mysteryman said :

Spideydog said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m curious… how often do you think police actually arrest and charge the wrong person? I imagine that it would be a very rare occurrence.

The whole reason there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, is so that in making the decision of guilt/innocence, they/we aren’t meant to be pre-biased. This helps ensure a fair verdict.

Up until a verdict has been handed down, it is merely a allegation, no matter how “red handed” it appears.

That has nothing to do with what I said. I wasn’t talking about the presumption of innocence. I’m interested purely in knowing how often mistakes are made (or aren’t).

Going on the previous tones from comments made in this thread, I read your comment as “because Police don’t often get it wrong, then most people that go to court, are guilty”. If your curiosity is purely about conviction rates alone, then so be it and I will retract my comment 🙂

Erg0 12:48 pm 23 May 11

shadow boxer said :

It’s time we as a society stopped tolerating this sort of behaviour.

Because we’ve been so tolerant of it up to this point?

In terms of arresting the wrong person, it depends on how you define “wrong”. There have been plenty of cases where they’ve arrested the person who committed the act, but that person has been found not guilty of the charge for one reason or another. The number of people actually charged with something that they had nothing whatsoever to do with would be pretty low, I expect.

PBO 12:33 pm 23 May 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

PBO said :

They should put this clown in jail, hopefully into general population.

*if* he is guilty *sigh*

So there could be a legal and socially responsible reason for placing an ether soaked rag over someones nose and mouth?

Mysteryman 12:32 pm 23 May 11

Spideydog said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m curious… how often do you think police actually arrest and charge the wrong person? I imagine that it would be a very rare occurrence.

The whole reason there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, is so that in making the decision of guilt/innocence, they/we aren’t meant to be pre-biased. This helps ensure a fair verdict.

Up until a verdict has been handed down, it is merely a allegation, no matter how “red handed” it appears.

That has nothing to do with what I said. I wasn’t talking about the presumption of innocence. I’m interested purely in knowing how often mistakes are made (or aren’t).

Spideydog 12:20 pm 23 May 11

Mysteryman said :

I’m curious… how often do you think police actually arrest and charge the wrong person? I imagine that it would be a very rare occurrence.

The whole reason there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, is so that in making the decision of guilt/innocence, they/we aren’t meant to be pre-biased. This helps ensure a fair verdict.

Up until a verdict has been handed down, it is merely a allegation, no matter how “red handed” it appears.

Mysteryman 11:50 am 23 May 11

I’m curious… how often do you think police actually arrest and charge the wrong person? I imagine that it would be a very rare occurrence.

shadow boxer 11:33 am 23 May 11

Whats going on where someone would drug an 8 year old girl.

It’s time we as a society stopped tolerating this sort of behaviour.

PBO said :

They should put this clown in jail, hopefully into general population.

*if* he is guilty *sigh*

PBO 9:35 am 23 May 11

The Frots said :

PBO said :

p1 said :

Why the hell does a 49 year old bus driver have ether?

Maybe he builds models and such. It is completely legal as the legitimate uses outweigh the illegitimate uses. He could have used chloroform to the same effect. This does not excuse what he did though.

This is interesting. Are you saying that ether can be readily purchased in the ACT – By anyone? Seriously, I didn’t know that. Do you need a licence for it?

This does not mean that I will advertise where to buy it though. They should put this clown in jail, hopefully into general population.

Thumper 8:57 am 23 May 11

I’m very sorry to do this to you guys but I’ve worked for him as when he was a district officer for a motorsport fire/rescue group for 5 years and also did a lot on his computers(rebuilding them) I understand what you are all saying but he’s not been sentenced but I’m lead to believe a lot differently as I have some idea of what he is capable of so i’m sitting in the middle so to speak about it honestly until he’s sentenced I don’t know who or what to believe sorry but had to put it out there

Punctuation is your friend.

vg 10:52 pm 22 May 11

“While I agree alleged crims and their alleged crimes before the courts probably shouldn’t be discussed in any great detail, there does seem to be a trend on RA where attempts are made to shut down discussion on criminal matters by anyone other than AFP members. “

WTF are you talking about, besides showing your pig ignorance of one of the pillars of any judicial system?

Spideydog 10:20 pm 22 May 11

BerraBoy68 said :

If an issue is posted on RA as a thread it should be open for comment and debate, otherwise what’s the point?

True, I agree. But it shouldn’t be witch hunt on a person until if and after being found guilty 🙂

The Frots 10:01 pm 22 May 11

PBO said :

p1 said :

Why the hell does a 49 year old bus driver have ether?

Maybe he builds models and such. It is completely legal as the legitimate uses outweigh the illegitimate uses. He could have used chloroform to the same effect. This does not excuse what he did though.

This is interesting. Are you saying that ether can be readily purchased in the ACT – By anyone? Seriously, I didn’t know that. Do you need a licence for it?

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