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Clift Crescent sentencing

By johnboy 29 October 2010 20

The ABC reports that Owen Patrick Creighton has been sentenced to “two years and nine months imprisonment, to be served by six months full-time custody and 12 months weekend detention.” (yes, the mathematics of justice at work) for being the idiot behind the wheel in the Clift Crescent tragedy where his friends Megan Minney, 17, and Steven Rial, 20, died and Rochelle Taylor was seriously injured.

He didn’t set out to kill them, he didn’t do anything hundreds of stupid kids won’t do all over the city this weekend. His friends are dead, he has to live with that, and his public naming, and six months in the pokey.

But that’s not enough for the families of the deceased who are screaming over the sentence as if it was a pre-meditated killing.

Ms Minney’s mother, Angela Reynolds, says the laws need to be toughened.

“He got six months, bit of periodic detention. He can still work, he can still see his family. Our families are shattered. It’s just absolutely disgusting,” she said.

This is the same mob who hounded the family that delivered first aid to the victims of the crash for failing to turn their lives into a permanent memorial to stupidity and bad taste.

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Pitchka 12:21 pm 02 Nov 10

One has to go on the ACT Courts website to see some of the pathetic sentences handed out to some of the more serious crimes committed in our fabulous city.

Aggravated robbers given fully suspended sentences being just one example.

2 and a bit years for killing 2 others due to your negligent driving is a f**ken joke, its time Simon Corbell signed up to the Riot Act so he can explain to us how he continuously allows our justice system to let us down..

It seems our local gov only care about issues that bring in the $$$..

law007 12:01 pm 02 Nov 10

We can all sit a judge others, my only suggestion is to walk a mile in one’s shoes before passing on your ‘expert’ advice.

This ‘accident’ as they are calling it, has affected far more people than you may think. Please keep in mind those first on the scene doing everything in the power to save the lives of these young people, the sleepless nights laying awake thinking could I have done more? Should I have stayed with Steven? If I had would Rochelle have survived? Did I do the right thing?

And why did that taxi driver just keep driving and not stop to help? Why did so many people come to have a look and not help?

The bigger issue here is – Society today appears to be full of people willing to look on and sit in judgment but when ever faced with the situation of putting themselves in the firing line they just walk away? When/why did we stop jumping and helping each other when someone’s in trouble? Stop putting all our energy into hating and concentrate on tomorrow and what that day may bring. Ask yourself this question… What if it was your son or daughter in that car?

urchin 11:44 pm 30 Oct 10

yeah, why would anyone be upset that someone responsible for two deaths only be imprisoned for 6 months….

15 years seems like a reasonable starting point to me. yes it was accidental. it was also 100% preventable. seriously, if you can drive drunk and kill 2 people and only get 6 months…. that doesn’t seem wrong to you?

justin heywood 1:51 pm 30 Oct 10

Jeez people. Two kids died. Parents are upset (and put yourself in their shoes).

But hey, on RioAct it seems like it was OK, because they were only ‘bogans’.

I think I’m starting to like bogans better than I like you lot.

stinkerbell 11:08 am 30 Oct 10

Roadrage77 said :

Richardson/Chisholm area has become a bonafide skankhole. I’d hate to live there now, let alone in 10 years when the next generation arrives.

Roadrage, check out ACT Policing statistics – http://www.police.act.gov.au/community-safety/crime-statistics.aspx

If you believe the statistics it appears that Richardson/Chisholm are on par with most areas of Canberra, and actually have less reported crime than for example the Woden region and Griffith region.

As other posters said, every suburb has its idiots.

cleo 1:29 am 30 Oct 10

Sammy # 6

+1

herbie 9:01 pm 29 Oct 10

Clearly you folks learned nothing from the previous thread about this issue.

Chaz 7:55 pm 29 Oct 10

the sad thing is, no matter what precautions you take, deaths like these will always continue to happen.
there’s not much you can do about it. young kids will always think they’re invincible and make stupid decisions every now and again. sometimes these mistakes costs lives. besides covering everything in bubble wrap, people will have to live by their own decisions

johnboy 2:58 pm 29 Oct 10

vandam said :

To Johnboy.

You OP is a bit harsh. Yes they may be bogans, but they have to live without seeing their kids grow up, graduate or make something of their lives. Their kids death was out of their control. Whilst you cannot put a price on lost lives, the public should be demanding more to prevent this from happening again.

To be honest 6 months in jail is not a sentence that deters people from driving like idiots. He was charged with the 3 highest punishible offences for driving in the ACT. 2 culpable casue deaths(max 7 year jail term each) and 1 culpable cause grevious injuries (max 4 year jail term). To get 2 years and 9 months of which more than half was suspended does no justice.

To be honest I would’ve expected this sentence for the lesser charge of negligent drving cause death.

Well, I’ve not actually called them bogans.

Roadrage77 2:22 pm 29 Oct 10

AG Canberra said :

Roadrage77 – So it’s only Richardson/Chisholm where drunk teenagers speed??

Every suburb in Canberra has its idiots…

No, I agree there’s toolbeaters in every suburb. It’s just that those suburbs in particular scare me from a social perspective. Sometimes you can see a suburb in the early stages of decay (reverse gentrification). If I owned a house in either of those suburbs I’d be selling up stat.

AG Canberra 1:27 pm 29 Oct 10

Roadrage77 – So it’s only Richardson/Chisholm where drunk teenagers speed??

Every suburb in Canberra has its idiots…

vandam 1:10 pm 29 Oct 10

To Johnboy.

You OP is a bit harsh. Yes they may be bogans, but they have to live without seeing their kids grow up, graduate or make something of their lives. Their kids death was out of their control. Whilst you cannot put a price on lost lives, the public should be demanding more to prevent this from happening again.

To be honest 6 months in jail is not a sentence that deters people from driving like idiots. He was charged with the 3 highest punishible offences for driving in the ACT. 2 culpable casue deaths(max 7 year jail term each) and 1 culpable cause grevious injuries (max 4 year jail term). To get 2 years and 9 months of which more than half was suspended does no justice.

To be honest I would’ve expected this sentence for the lesser charge of negligent drving cause death.

Ian 12:18 pm 29 Oct 10

Why do bogans get outraged by everything not to their liking? Whatever happened to mildly annoyed?

Sammy 11:56 am 29 Oct 10

A tragedy, to be sure, but any one of those kids could’ve been driving that car. They were each as stupid as each other, and therefore each equally culpable. Unless Creighton forced them into the vehicle, but I think that would’ve been reported if so.

Roadrage77 11:31 am 29 Oct 10

Richardson/Chisholm area has become a bonafide skankhole. I’d hate to live there now, let alone in 10 years when the next generation arrives.

georgesgenitals 11:14 am 29 Oct 10

Ko. said :

If only bogan outrage could be harnessed as sustainable energy.

It’s certainly sustainable…

Ko. 10:47 am 29 Oct 10

If only bogan outrage could be harnessed as sustainable energy.

carnardly 10:38 am 29 Oct 10

When will kids learn?

Everyone apologises later for “silly mistakes”. When will friends and associates accept they made “consious decisions”?

Clift Crescent
Sulwood Drive/Athllon Drive roundabout
Mully…..

troll-sniffer 10:22 am 29 Oct 10

You know what I love about bogans? Not what they do or say but how they provide a yardstick by which I should never need to judge my own behaviour. If I ever get down to a level where I think to myself “Would this upset a bogan?” it’ll be time to go and see Dr Philip Nitschke for some help leaving this planet.

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