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Jessa Latona and Heather McCabe not going to prison for GMO vandalism

By johnboy - 3 August 2012 63

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The ABC brings news that the Greenpeace Two have succeeded in their appeals to the better nature of Justice Penfold and won’t be spending time in the pokey for their wheat whacking ways:

Prosecutors told the ACT Supreme Court, a jail term was warranted because the attack was planned in full knowledge the law would be broken and the women had shown no remorse.

But the defence told the court Greenpeace has now paid more than $280,000 in reparations, and both women are now aware of the seriousness of their actions.

Lawyers for the women urged a suspended sentence.

Justice Hilary Penfold agreed, but will not impose a formal sentence until October.

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Jessa Latona and Heather McCabe not going to prison for GMO vandalism
00davist 3:16 pm 03 Aug 12

Brindabella said :

I wonder how Greenpeace felt about paying $280,000? Greenpeace ask for donations. I would imagine this is where some of their donation money ends up.

That, and what appears to be a new Sthil Straight shaft brushcutter, with full chest harness, safety gear, and a set of custom printed overalls.

That brushcutter would have been over $600, and to me, looks new enough to have been bought for this job.

Nice to see that not only are they using donations for crime, they are doing it in the most expensive way they can, no $150 bunnings trimmer here folks, Greenpeace like their Luxury Vandalisim!

damien haas 3:14 pm 03 Aug 12

These people are eco-terrorists. They deserve to be behind bars.

Thay have shown no remorse, and have not paid for the damage they have caused, that has been paid by Greenpeace.

Serious long term damage has been caused by their criminal acions. I hope the CSIRO and research scientists affected sue for damages.

We should expect that crimes of this seriousness be judged in that manner, instead they have already been advised they wont serve a custodial sentence.

Appalling judicial activism.

PBO 2:27 pm 03 Aug 12

How_Canberran said :

An ‘eye for an eye’ I say!

A couple of old C-123 aircraft kitted-out with spray booms and a few thousand litres of a colourful 1970’s defoliant should do the trick. As they swoop low over the lush green Nimbin hinterland, they could even regale the inhabitants with the dulcet tones of Wagner on the PA system.

Think about how your actions would affect others who are not of the same ilk as these two.

At least we know the names of the guilty, these two are a waste of atoms.

How_Canberran 2:06 pm 03 Aug 12

An ‘eye for an eye’ I say!

A couple of old C-123 aircraft kitted-out with spray booms and a few thousand litres of a colourful 1970’s defoliant should do the trick. As they swoop low over the lush green Nimbin hinterland, they could even regale the inhabitants with the dulcet tones of Wagner on the PA system.

LSWCHP 1:58 pm 03 Aug 12

I have a couple of good mates who work for CSIRO in the GM plant caper. They were outraged by this pointless and idiotic act of vandalism, and I imagine they’ll be even more outraged by this silly judicial decision.

bigM 1:35 pm 03 Aug 12

mezza76 said :

G-Fresh said :

What a load of shite. Absolutely no punishment??!?!?! To put a CSIRO project which intends to increase crop yields back 12 months is criminal. To have trespassed on Commonwealth land is criminal. To show remorse to these f***wits who show now remorse for their criminal activity is beyond ridiculous!

Absolutely outraged!

Yea you would be. If you want to send a pregnant woman to jail for a crime where the damages were repaid, and the cost of incarceration is more than the crime… knock yourself out champ.

I’ll look forward to you whinge about paying taxes for having too many people in jail.

that is just plain stupid logic.So someone breaks into your house, damages all your belonging then pays for the repairs, then thats fine? You are kidding yourself mate. With that kind of logic, you would easily find a place on the bench with Penfolds and the rest of her dumb, out of touch mates who call themselves judges.
these women need to be locked up. Greenpeace need to be sent a message as much as every other idiot who stages a dumb protest/political statement like this in the future

dungfungus 1:34 pm 03 Aug 12

Brindabella said :

I wonder how Greenpeace felt about paying $280,000? Greenpeace ask for donations. I would imagine this is where some of their donation money ends up.

GetUp! have a similar business plan.

c_c 1:32 pm 03 Aug 12
milkman 1:24 pm 03 Aug 12

mezza76 said :

G-Fresh said :

What a load of shite. Absolutely no punishment??!?!?! To put a CSIRO project which intends to increase crop yields back 12 months is criminal. To have trespassed on Commonwealth land is criminal. To show remorse to these f***wits who show now remorse for their criminal activity is beyond ridiculous!

Absolutely outraged!

Yea you would be. If you want to send a pregnant woman to jail for a crime where the damages were repaid, and the cost of incarceration is more than the crime… knock yourself out champ.

I’ll look forward to you whinge about paying taxes for having too many people in jail.

How about every other criminal gets the chance to get out of gaol free by repaying the damages?

This is a joke – these scum criminals should be in prison where they belong.

Brindabella 1:19 pm 03 Aug 12

I wonder how Greenpeace felt about paying $280,000? Greenpeace ask for donations. I would imagine this is where some of their donation money ends up.

johnboy 12:56 pm 03 Aug 12

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mezza76 12:53 pm 03 Aug 12

G-Fresh said :

What a load of shite. Absolutely no punishment??!?!?! To put a CSIRO project which intends to increase crop yields back 12 months is criminal. To have trespassed on Commonwealth land is criminal. To show remorse to these f***wits who show now remorse for their criminal activity is beyond ridiculous!

Absolutely outraged!

Yea you would be. If you want to send a pregnant woman to jail for a crime where the damages were repaid, and the cost of incarceration is more than the crime… knock yourself out champ.

I’ll look forward to you whinge about paying taxes for having too many people in jail.

PBO 12:52 pm 03 Aug 12

I am stunned at this! Penfold should giuve himself an uppercut and resign as he is an ineffective judge. These two should have the book thrown at them as an example to the other “activists”.

“both women are now aware of the seriousness of their actions”

It was premeditated, of course they were aware. This is a federal crime, why are they being charged locally?

G-Fresh 11:22 am 03 Aug 12

What a load of shite. Absolutely no punishment??!?!?! To put a CSIRO project which intends to increase crop yields back 12 months is criminal. To have trespassed on Commonwealth land is criminal. To show remorse to these f***wits who show now remorse for their criminal activity is beyond ridiculous!

Absolutely outraged!

dungfungus 11:21 am 03 Aug 12

“both women are now aware of the seriousness of their actions”

This statement indicates that when they committed the crime they were of another view so their intent was clearly criminal and this should be the only consideration that a custodial sentence is required as the DPP correctly pointed out.

It is noted that Justice Penfold refers to them as “women” – I thought “defendants” was the correct title – indicating a presupmtion of innocence already.
Greenpeace should be outlawed like the bikie gangs.

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