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Man given suspended sentence for robbery

By Thumper - 12 March 2008 27

ABC news is reporting that a 33 year old man was today given an 18 month suspended sentence for robbing the CPS Credit Union at Manuka in February, 2006.

The ACT Supreme Court heard he approached a female teller wearing a beanie, baseball cap and sunglasses and demanded money telling the teller he had a gun and a bomb, even though he was not armed.

He escaped with $17,000 and spent it on a new car and his getaway driver. It was not the first time he had appeared in court for robbery.

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Rape him, beat him, shoot him and burn him.

shauno 8:09 pm 12 Mar 08

This is a very bad decision indeed. I’m sure the guys at Chubb and Armaguard would be happy to see convicted armed bandits getting suspended sentences. What message does this send to the criminals in Sydney and Melbourne who make their way to Canberra to commit these crimes like the Mawson club robbery and shoot out.

I thought you use to get 10 years for an armed hold up at a bank??

cranky 8:02 pm 12 Mar 08

So what does society do with a real far quit like this? Highly likely to have mental probs before and because of his drug use, will the Hume Hilton have the facilities and staff to bring this clown back to the real world?

When will the discussion turn to legalising this crap, cutting out the criminal element, and reducing the glamour of illegality.

The whole ‘war on drugs’ is an American invention, conceived by some clown years ago after the war on alcohol, (Prohibition) was lost.

We are still in the US pocket on this. Fed Gov would be terrified of bucking the US by even thinking of legalising drug use.

Perhaps Kev has won such a following that he could be in a position to tell the US we are going to try alternatives.

The current system does not work. Can we be grown up enough to try some legalising, some reduction of criminality, a helping hand, with the view to removing the requirement for crime to finance the addiction?

sepi 7:53 pm 12 Mar 08

If his drug rehabilitation is so important, then there needs to be a secure lock-up facility where he can continue it.

It does seem that he is struggling on his own.

nyssa76 7:24 pm 12 Mar 08

MRB, they are taken into custody and given a HARSHER punishment than a slap on the wrist.

The new terrorism laws are not as “airy fairy” as ACT laws, and last time I looked, threatening people with a bomb is serious.

So it begs belief that this tard was given a suspended sentence based on his STUPID behaviour. Then again, I expect nothing more from the judiciary in this place.

MRB 7:06 pm 12 Mar 08

Nyssa, doesn’t sound sane at all. Do some research on what a ‘terrorist’ is defined as under legislation. And then look up some results for people who have said such things on a plane.

Back on topic, a suspended sentence should be seen as a second chance to the accused. Being Higgins though, the outcome is not surprising.

nyssa76 6:51 pm 12 Mar 08

I know this might sound like a sane response, but if he threatened people with a bomb, wouldn’t he be deemed a terrorist and more likely to be jailed?

Had he said that on a plane his arse would have been in jail longer than the time it took for Higgins to slap him on the wrist.

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