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Everyone’s favourite criminal – Matthew Massey – Back in Custody.

By bigfeet - 16 April 2009 55

ABC is reporting that all around great guy Matthew Massey is back in custody after being arrested twice on the one day. 

Once for possession of capsicum spray and a knife.  Then it appears after being bailed, later that day he decided to kidnap someone.   But it’s ok, because [it is alleged] he was using GHB and ice at the time.  So it’s not his fault.

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Everyone’s favourite criminal – Matthew Massey – Back in Custody.
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:14 am 16 Apr 09

It would have to be based on crimes for which the individual was actually convicted.

Tooks 11:12 am 16 Apr 09

p1 said :

try to be careful not to be in contempt of court, lest we prejudice his case and land johnboy in hot water

Since the person you are referring to simply mentioned something in the public record, I fail to see how it is a problem.

I am totally against “three strikes” or “mandatory sentencing”. But I do think that judges should take previous history into account when sentencing.

That would be a non-parole period of about 5 or so years.

So how come when he got picked up the first time that day, he didn’t go back inside to serve the rest of his 11 years? Or does parole not require you to obey the law?

Doesn’t work that way mate. Unfortunately.

p1 11:09 am 16 Apr 09

Perhaps we could come up with a points system…

Interesting concept. Can you blame it all on a dead friend so they take the points?

p1 11:07 am 16 Apr 09

try to be careful not to be in contempt of court, lest we prejudice his case and land johnboy in hot water

Since the person you are referring to simply mentioned something in the public record, I fail to see how it is a problem.

I am totally against “three strikes” or “mandatory sentencing”. But I do think that judges should take previous history into account when sentencing.

That would be a non-parole period of about 5 or so years.

So how come when he got picked up the first time that day, he didn’t go back inside to serve the rest of his 11 years? Or does parole not require you to obey the law?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:02 am 16 Apr 09

How about 3 violent crimes and you’re out?

Seems more than reasonable. Perhaps we could come up with a points system, kinda like for driving, eg
Major violent crime (rape, manslaughter, murder) – 9 points
Minor violent crime – 5 points
Property crime – 4 points
Drug dealing/trafficking – 5 points
Minor drug possession – 2 points

Anyway, you get the idea. Treat all crimes as we do now, but run a points tally. Once you get to say 10 points in a 5 year period, automatic 5 year gaol term on top of other sentences. Get another 10 points, 10 year gaol term.

This gives people 2 options, either clean up your act or spend your life in gaol. For those who make the occasional ‘mistake’, they will never reach the threshold, but the fear of being caught again should drag them into line.

Thoughts?

harvyk1 11:01 am 16 Apr 09

Three strikes doesn’t work. California is a great example, given that on the third go your getting life inside if your caught anyways it’s a really good incentive to kill the witnesses so they won’t talk.

I personally believe there should be no second chances with bail, if you get arrested and bailed out fair enough, technically you haven’t broken any laws given innocent until proven guilty, however breach your bail conditions and that should be it for life, you’ll never be given bail again.

DJ 10:38 am 16 Apr 09

Surprised? You shouldn’t be… oh, but I was on drugs… show some pity. No.

sepi 10:22 am 16 Apr 09

Even Barack Obama has copped to smoking dope.

How about 3 violent crimes and you’re out?

jackal 10:14 am 16 Apr 09

grundy said :

According to one of the previous articles, he was sentanced to jail for 11 years in 2002.

Why was he out?

try to be careful not to be in contempt of court, lest we prejudice his case and land johnboy in hot water.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:11 am 16 Apr 09

Careful. It may work in this example, but how about someone who…

Strike 1: As a stupid teenager, gets busted with a mate or two in a stolen car
Strike 2: Gets into a fight (not his fault) in a bar, gets arrested
Strike 3: Gets busted with a few of grams of pot, gets arrested

Don’t steal cars and don’t smoke pot. Not that hard from where I’m sitting.

Alternatively, ‘tune’ the law such that juvenile offences aren’t considered.

I think putting regular crims away is a top idea. Why should I share society with those who persistently break the rules?

Calwell Resident 10:02 am 16 Apr 09

What an idiot. He shouldnt have been out to start with. Maybe he wanted to visit the new lets be kind to crims gaol.

justbands 9:56 am 16 Apr 09

> Another example of why a 3 strikes law or something similar is required.

Careful. It may work in this example, but how about someone who…

Strike 1: As a stupid teenager, gets busted with a mate or two in a stolen car
Strike 2: Gets into a fight (not his fault) in a bar, gets arrested
Strike 3: Gets busted with a few of grams of pot, gets arrested

Should he be jailed for life?

Tooks 9:39 am 16 Apr 09

grundy said :

According to one of the previous articles, he was sentanced to jail for 11 years in 2002.

Why was he out?

That would be a non-parole period of about 5 or so years.

Ralph 9:37 am 16 Apr 09

Another example of why a 3 strikes law or something similar is required.

grundy 9:32 am 16 Apr 09

According to one of the previous articles, he was sentanced to jail for 11 years in 2002.

Why was he out?

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