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Another Massey, this one on the run after fifth bail breach

By johnboy - 10 September 2008 28

The Canberra Times reports that Matthew Massey, 32, is now in breach of his bail (on attempted burglary and theft charges) for the fifth time and on the run from the law.

His Gran, Jan Massey, who had put up $2,000 to bail him last month is trying to get her money back despite the absconding.

What’s a little light burglary and theft among friends you ask?

    Massey is charged with stealing several rifles, telescopic lenses and holsters from a Deakin home in August last year, and attempting to burgle a Kippax jewellery shop a few weeks later. It is alleged that three days after the burglary he escaped a police cordon by jumping a fence when officers attended a Page house to execute a search warrant. He was arrested two days later.

Nice work your honours.

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Another Massey, this one on the run after fifth bail breach
Mike Crowther 5:10 pm 10 Sep 08

Further edification…

BAIL ACT 1992 – SECT 37
Enforcement of bail agreements

37. (1) Where—

(a) a person granted bail fails to comply with his or her undertaking to appear; and

(b) that person or another person has entered into an agreement pursuant to a bail condition to forfeit an amount of money;

the Magistrates Court may declare that amount, or any part of it, to be forfeited and order the person who entered the agreement to pay the sum so forfeited to the Territory.

(2) Where the Magistrates Court orders an amount to be paid to the Territory under subsection (1), that amount may be recovered by the Territory in the Magistrates Court as a debt due to the Territory irrespective of whether the amount exceeds $50,000.

My plan involves amending the act to change the word ‘may’ to ‘must’. Not all that complex if there is the political will for change.

And no tom-tom, I’m not having a dummy spit at all. I’m actually loving the spring weather today. 🙂 But…if Aurelius insists on playing the man and not the ball then he deserves to be hoisted on his own petard. (There, two metaphors for the price of one)

vg 4:58 pm 10 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

Mike, you’re not overly familiar with how bail works, are you?
Or you’ve been watching too many American TV shows.
Take a walk down to the courts, and get one of their “Judicial Processes for Dummies” book. It might make you less of an obvious n00b in future posts.

Please, enlighten us O wise one

Deadmandrinking 4:56 pm 10 Sep 08

I remember the siege. I was watching legally downloaded Movies, your honor, all night when there were armed police all over my neighborhood. I didn’t actually know the suburb was locked down, however. Thank goodness I didn’t run out of smokes.

tom-tom 4:53 pm 10 Sep 08

wow. what a dummy spit.

Mike Crowther 4:45 pm 10 Sep 08

Aurelius. I have been responsible for bailing hundreds of people in my time so I am quite familiar with both the mechanics and the concept. You are obviously referring to bail ‘without security’. Fair enough, you can’t get blood out of a stone however I would question why anyone with a long record should benefit from such judicial largesse.

However, bail with security means the court actually holds the cash. Where bail is broken it is a simple matter of the bench declaring it forfeit. Yes there is no current mechanism for doling it out to the army of dobbers out there. Which was the purpose of my post. Common, bloody sense son.

Perhaps you should stick to bitching about coppers picking on your driving ability or writing howlers like this one….

“What sad loser in PALM trawled the history books to find some obscure justification for naming a street after the Starship Captain?”
Arelius Feb 26 2008.

Aurelius 4:12 pm 10 Sep 08

Mike, you’re not overly familiar with how bail works, are you?
Or you’ve been watching too many American TV shows.
Take a walk down to the courts, and get one of their “Judicial Processes for Dummies” book. It might make you less of an obvious n00b in future posts.

Mike Crowther 3:52 pm 10 Sep 08

When a defendant absconds, I want to see ALL bail money forfeited. No bleeding heart exceptions. 20% of that sum should then be offered in the form of a no-strings attached reward to any person turning in the runner (resulting in an arrest).
Start turning these criminal networks against each other. Trust me, there is no more honor amongst thieves than there is common sense among the judiciary.

So votes anyone? Or do you still prefer the way the Stanhope team is running public safety?

Mike Crowther
Community Alliance Candidate
for Ginninderra.

vg 3:14 pm 10 Sep 08

But people say that ‘we’ are wrong about the judicial system in this town.

G-Fresh 2:24 pm 10 Sep 08

Swaggie said :

So make it known to your prospective MLAs that you want the ACT judicial system to stop being so lenient on everyone…

Spot on Bevan

Swaggie 2:19 pm 10 Sep 08

So make it known to your prospective MLAs that you want the ACT judicial system to stop being so lenient on everyone…

Mr Evil 12:06 pm 10 Sep 08

Another example of why Terry and his colleagues deserve the ACT Iron Cross, with ineptitude clusters and crossed bleeding hearts.

Thumper 11:51 am 10 Sep 08

Justice Terry et al, take a bow…

neanderthalsis 11:21 am 10 Sep 08

Did they recover the rifles he pilfered from the burg in Deakin? Being on the run takes on a whole new meaning when the crim is armed to the teeth.

Mr Evil 10:50 am 10 Sep 08

“His Gran, Jan Massey, who had put up $2,000 to bail him last month is trying to get her money back despite the absconding.”

Good luck with that!

I imagine someone won’t be getting a Christmas card from their Gran this year……

Duke 10:13 am 10 Sep 08

This article also states that Massey is considered a danger to the community yet he was released on bail into the community FOUR count’em FOUR TIMES!

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