22 June 2022

Man charged following multiple burglaries in Woden

| Claire Fenwicke
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Police are still searching for other offenders believed to have been involved in the break-ins. Photo: File.

A 25-year-old man has been charged after three homes in the Woden area were broken into and robbed on the same night.

At about 3:30 am on 10 June, police received reports three men had broken into a Weston residence while the homeowners were inside. CCTV showed three men stealing personal belongings, including credit cards and car keys.

A second burglary occurred at about 4:25 am in Duffy, where a Mercedes Benz E250 was stolen while the homeowners were sleeping. Police were able to secure CCTV video of the incident.

A third home was targeted at about 5 am in Duffy when a Volkswagen Golf was stolen. The homeowner woke up to the sound of someone breaking in and was able to give police CCTV footage.

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When police watched the videos, they said they identified the men had been in possession of what appeared to be a handgun during each incident.

The 25-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged with a range of offences in connection with these incidents, including three counts of aggravated burglary, multiple theft offences and driving a stolen motor vehicle without consent.

Police continue to search for the other men and the handgun.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, with reference 7131508.

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So RA contributor Zora posts a piece about FINAs new policy for trans athletes, and there’s now over 130 comments and it’s rising quickly, but this article has 5. Only FIVE!

Yes Zola’s piece is an important perspective on an important story and an important issue, but there are likely 1,600 trans people in Canberra (current estimates are 390 trans people per 100,000, it will be great to get the 2021 Census results in coming weeks). How many aspiring trans athletes in this group?

But crime and safety? Doesn’t get a look-in. Again, I don’t understand why crime doesn’t draw far more attention, given the ACT Police are so poor at solving s-x assaults (lowest nationally by a mile, where’s the outrage?), lowest solving rates for other offences too like robbery, car theft, burglary… untreated drug addiction and mental illness are being over 70% of offences (but coz Greens were/are the “responsible” ministers, nuthin gets said), highest recidivism nationally.

Crime literally (and severely) affects tens of thousands of people every year in Canberra, victims and perpetrators. But the FINA story gets the eyes.

Another story today about a gang wandering the streets committing home invasions.

I have worked in the justice sector for over 10 years and have worked with all the departments involved in criminal justice matters. There is a severe lack of training for nearly all of the staff in all the areas. The magistrates need to know exactly where they are sending someone when they deny bail or impose a custodial sentence. The jail is a joke i was on remand for 10 months and found not guilty but while on remand i was housed with murderers one a double murderer and one who killed 6 from the same family. (he was in a main yard i couldnt understand it he killed children) There are no programs for detainees to work towards rehabilitation that the magistrate has sent them there for. Its a joke. If you know me then you know that I am more than competent enough to make these observations

Capital Retro12:18 pm 23 Jun 22

“It’s possible that, had a home owner awoken and confronted these guys, even by just responding to the noise, they may have been murdered in their homes.”

If that was the case in some forward looking countries, the home invaders would have been shot dead by the owner, legally.

The Canberra Times has named the main offender as Dean Ivan Welsh.

This is the same offender who, in 2016, was arrested for drug dealing, as reported by the ABC: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-13/teen-accused-of-distributing-ecstasy-in-canberra-faces-court/7165944

So, after previous ‘involvement’ with the ACT’s justice system, this guy is now committing home invasions with two other men (isn’t that usually called a gang?) whilst armed with a handgun, and stealing cars.

It’s possible that, had a home owner awoken and confronted these guys, even by just responding to the noise, they may have been murdered in their homes.

But hey, let’s decriminalise drugs, hand out cuddly home detention instead of jail, lie about the failed jail and juke the stats (see Julie Tongs today complaining about deceptive ACT Govt data?).

I’ve never understood why we don’t really talk about Canberra’s ridiculous crime realities, with the worst police force in Australia, the worst jail, worst mental health, worst public housing, worst drug treatment, etc, etc etc?

It’s luck that keeps Canberrans safe, not effective policing or a strong justice system.

what are the lies about the “failed jail”? the purpose of incaceration is ostensibly for rehabilitation. That is a ridiculous notion for the AMC it is just intense boredom followed by intense violence. Remanded inmates who are still innocent are housed with sentenced prisoners I was on remand for a crime which i ultimately was found not guilty of yet I was first in a yard with 2 murderers one a double murderer and then i was housed in a cottage with a bloke who had murdered 6 people from the one family! wtf why was i anywhere near him? Then “intelligence” informs me I have OMCG affiliations and moved me to that yard all while i was on remand. There was no programs to engage with for the jails purpose of rehabilitation the corrections officers all have attitude problems and play god with detainees basic rights and then wonder why there are riots etc Julie Tongs and John Stanhope do a wonderful job in bringing attention to the conditions and misconduct that occurs daily at that jail. I had worked in the justice sector for 10 years before i found myself on remand for allegations that were not even investigated and once before a magistrate all charges were dismissed very quickly. However due to covid i spent 10 months in there. I used every drug there is i used mobile phones at night to chat up good girls who like bad boys it was ridiculous my wife was bringing in 5 packages twice a week on visits and because of the extreme boredom i started using the drugs. Yes jail is meant to be punishment but it also meant to rehabilitate so that person can be a productive member of society but the way that jail is ran this won’t happen. If a detainee does try and better themselves they are open to being seen as snitch or goody goody and assaulted. You have put on an act that you are a crim and tell hero crime stories to fit in or a bunch of idiots will get together after smoking ice for 3 or so days and decide that coz you are not a real crim you need to be bashed and sent. If ya cant play a card game called 41 i think then you are not a real crim i was asked if i knew how to play and another detainee said na he hasn’t done enough jail to know so i said oh well i better make sure i do heaps more jail so i know how to play this game, wow flop. I was told by the yard “trump” that I had been 20 undercover minutes from being stabbed up and sent. He was laughing and i said its not funny is it? he said na its really serious but i’ve known you for 20 years so i know you are not an cop and i got another high ranking yard member to second it coz he knows you well also. Then after I essentially became a mule i was the most favourite person in that yard it was a joke well known notorious crims telling me to come hang out with them during the day and when we are all out we’ll have bbq’s n stuff it was pathetic i told them we are not friends im not stupid its all good i get what i want and you get what you want we don’t have to be buddy buddy. Besides im 40 and not a real crim and you guys are late 20’s early 30’s and OMCG members of which i have no interest so lets not pretend. One week a drop was done behind the “trumps” back and he got very angry and dealt with the offender a week later he was severely bashed by 3 of his mates. I said it was megalomania he was the nicest guy to the lower or weaker guys but put the so called tough guys on show and everyone saw on this site and others what happened to him then he got send to nsw jail not the attackers who everyone knew was. IT IS JUST A JOKE THE AMC THE CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT THE COURTS THE DPP AND THE POLICE WITH THIER USE OF DISCRETION

What are the lies about the failed jail? the AMC is an absolute joke. I had worked in the justice sector for 10 years in various roles most of which involved me going out to the AMC to visit detainees because corrections staff are too lazy or incompetent to facilitate a phone call or video link between detainee and legal or welfare supports. I have argued with the SAB board and community corrections officers that it is far better off for an individual to be in the community to be able to get help that actually WILL help and i am told AMC has programs. Well I spent 10 months in there on remand (longer because of covid) and i know for a fact there are NO PROGRAMS that will help a detainee with any issues that a magistrate has sent them to jail to be rehabilitated for. Just boredom violence and drugs. And god playing screws. One very lovely one who i always asked why are you here why? youre too hot. Just like me lol

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