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Firelighter and stalker Jeremy Dash-Greentree on a suspended sentence

By johnboy - 4 February 2013 30

Justice Penfold has made known her thoughts on Jeremy Dash-Greentree who despite terrifying crimes is having allowances made for his mental health:

The charges arise from two quite separate incidents. The first incident took place in June 2006, when Mr Dash-Greentree went to a flat in Griffith to see a man named Brett whom he had met through an acquaintance, Tim. Finding that Brett was not at home, Mr Dash-Greentree went away but returned several hours later. Brett was still not home, so Mr Dash?Greentree went to Manuka and obtained a jerry can containing petrol. He took the jerry can back to Brett’s flat and knocked again. When there was again no answer, he emptied the jerry can under the door of the flat and lit the petrol with a cigarette lighter. The petrol caught fire and Mr Dash?Greentree ran away. Smoke detectors were activated, the fire brigade arrived and the fire was put out, having caused $2,675 worth of damage to the door, security screen, walls and carpet of the flat.

The second incident occurred over several months in 2009. The complainant, who owned a florist’s shop in Belconnen, began receiving communications from Mr Dash-Greentree, whom she had never met and did not know of. A letter sent to the complainant in May expressed Mr Dash-Greentree’s wish to have a future with her, in which she would move to Western Australia to live with him and they would have children together. The sending of this letter is the basis for the second scheduled offence.

Between May and October 2009, Mr Dash-Greentree made at least 29 phone calls to the complainant’s shop. Some of the calls were threatening, either to the complainant or to her staff or her boyfriend. In one of them, Mr Dash-Greentree passed on detailed information about the complainant’s activities in the preceding days, and mentioned the names of her children, her car registration number and the score in her daughter’s soccer match. In mid-October, Mr Dash-Greentree rang the complainant at the florist shop and told her he was coming to Canberra. Several days later, the complainant was contacted by a person who then put Mr Dash-Greentree on the line to speak to the complainant. He told the complainant that he was in the psychiatric ward at The Canberra Hospital and asked her to visit him there, saying that if she did not, he would escape and find her. She said that she would visit. During the rest of that day Mr Dash-Greentree made many further phone calls to the complainant. The making of the phone calls constitutes the offence of using a carriage service to harass. The sending of the letter and the phone calls together constitute the first scheduled offence of stalking.

Despite significant form in ignoring bail conditions it is hoped he will do as he’s told this time.

What this order basically means, Mr Dash-Greentree, is that for the next eight months you must not commit any more offences, and you must do as you are told by your Corrections supervisor or your Mental Health supervisor, especially in relation to where you live and how your mental disorder is to be treated. If you do not do that, for instance if you try to leave town or if you commit another offence, I might have to send you back to prison to finish the rest of your sentence, which is nearly four more months.

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obamabinladen 12:52 am 07 Feb 13

And what after 8 months this worms allowed to start committing crimes again??? What a joke!!!

LSWCHP 10:57 pm 06 Feb 13

Mike Crowther said :

“…for the next eight months you must not commit any more offences, and you must do as you are told by your Corrections supervisor or your Mental Health supervisor,…”

I wonder if the victim has been able to sleep yet without the use of medication?

Particularly so, given that extraordinarily chilling reference to her daughter’s soccer match. That’s straight out of a Hollywood horror movie.

Jane Doe 7:10 pm 06 Feb 13

So this judge, who has no real experience bar writing legislation, has said that this bloke is not responsible for his actions but deems him responsible enough not to reoffend for the next 8 months. Good on you Hilary, firing on all 2 cylinders. Is it possible to have Justice Nield for every criminal matter in the Supreme Court?

obamabinladen 11:33 am 06 Feb 13

^^^^ exactly it should be lock em up and throw away the key forever!

Ben_Dover 10:33 am 06 Feb 13

It’s entirely possible to be both mad and bad, as this guy would appear to be.

Being mentally ill should not be a “get out of jail free” card.

Mike Crowther 10:03 am 06 Feb 13

“…for the next eight months you must not commit any more offences, and you must do as you are told by your Corrections supervisor or your Mental Health supervisor,…”

There, he’s been told. Why on earth would anyone commit any offences after they’ve been told not to. Problem solved. He might, might even take his meds. Though being outside of prison there will be no one there to supervise it. I wonder if the victim has been able to sleep yet without the use of medication?

caf 9:52 am 06 Feb 13

LSWCHP said :

In my book, anybody who’s organised enough to get around town, visit someone’s flat a couple of times, go away to purchase petrol and a lighter and go back and set their house on fire has enough of their wits about them to also know what they’re doing is wrong.

I suggest that your experience of mental illness has been quite limited, then. For example schitzophrenia sufferers can have some *very* bizarre and irrational beliefs – sometimes living in a complete fantasy world – and yet are usually functional enough in everyday tasks.

bundah 9:21 am 06 Feb 13

Sentencing snapshot for murders committed in Victoria between 2005/06 to 2009/10.There were 133 people sentenced for murder(129 M, 4 F).The median length of imprisonment(apart from people who received life sentences ie. 11) was 18 years.Non-parole periods ranged from 6 years to 33 years with the median being 15 years 3 months.

What one can glean from this is that approx 80% will be out before 20 years and given that 40% of killers are under 30 years of age most will still have a life after they’re released(regardless of the quality) whereas the same cannot be said for the deceased.

I obviously couldn’t refer to the ACT given until a couple of years ago murder was apparently non-existent and the most extraordinary example of sentencing for manslaughter was 5 years released after 22 months by Tezza Higgins,involving the multiple stabbing of Nanette Porritt by her deranged son Glen Porritt.

obamabinladen 1:16 am 06 Feb 13

If capital punishment is to much to stomach for people then what about judges sentencing offenders to life with no parole and never to be reased sentences for people who committ violent crimes. Better than this 25 year bullshit!

obamabinladen 1:08 am 06 Feb 13

@ Jethro what if your wife, mother or child was violently murdered by some psycho who has committed violent crimes b4??? Best case the guy who killed Jill Meagher. He is a convicted rapist but after a short stint in gaol he comes out and hunted down poor Jill.

@ irish pete i agree in shades of grey and colour but i also believe in black and white. It really is sad but sometimes there are people who are just wrong and no matter how many pills you shove down their throat they are still a danger to others.

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