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Matthew James Massey released

By johnboy - 17 March 2009 44

In my opinion, nothing thrills ACT court watchers like seeing the name Massey come up.

The ABC reports that Matthew James Massey from Ngunnawal has now been released from custody after waiting 424 days for the completion of his trial for receiving a stolen trailer:

    Today in sentencing, the ACT Supreme Court heard Massey had spent 424 days in jail since being charged with the offence.

    During that time Massey was also facing eight charges relating to the robbery of a Kippax jewellery store in August 2007.

    Justice Malcolm Gray ordered a stay of that trial last month after it was revealed a backpack and tools allegedly carried by the offender were not forensically examined for fingerprints or DNA.

Three months for the trailer, released (somewhat reasonably) for time already served.

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Matthew James Massey released
rikochet 8:48 am 25 Mar 09

skerbo said :

No he wasnt, he was released on bail after his ex wife was locked up over the stabbing in charnwood. Which he then went on the run and ended up breaching his bail for the 5th time.

Ok, so while on this subject, can someone tell me what has happened with the Charnwood stabbing?

Has rebecca been convicted yet?

skerbo 11:34 am 20 Mar 09

No he wasnt, he was released on bail after his ex wife was locked up over the stabbing in charnwood. Which he then went on the run and ended up breaching his bail for the 5th time.

Tooks 2:42 pm 19 Mar 09

By the way, he wasn’t in jail for 424 consecutive days since the date he was charged, which the article may lead people to believe.

miz 10:05 am 19 Mar 09

Nevertheless, this circumstance (regardless of which individual person, scumbag or otherwise, is involved) indicates the appalling state of justice in this town and the hypocrisy of the politicians who spout about human rights but seem to have a problem delivering it. So much for habeas corpus.

skerbo 8:39 am 19 Mar 09

Hit the nail on the head there Tooks…….

Tooks 10:25 am 18 Mar 09

miz said :

This is a major problem in the ‘human rights territory’ if someone spends over a year in gaol for a minor offence before sentencing. I wonder if he can sue for the extra time spent unnecessarily without liberty? Time for a serious look at the interactions of remand and the courts. These kinds of delays are just unacceptable.

Perhaps he was in because he continually breached his bail. Maybe he was locked up for numerous other offences. Maybe he committed other offences while locked up. We don’t know all the details.

p1 10:18 am 18 Mar 09

I wonder if he can sue for the extra time spent unnecessarily without liberty?

Can he get the extra time taken off any future sentences?

peterh 10:15 am 18 Mar 09

miz said :

This is a major problem in the ‘human rights territory’ if someone spends over a year in gaol for a minor offence before sentencing. I wonder if he can sue for the extra time spent unnecessarily without liberty? Time for a serious look at the interactions of remand and the courts. These kinds of delays are just unacceptable.

what can you do? they can’t put him in the gaol, it just isn’t ready….

miz 10:01 am 18 Mar 09

This is a major problem in the ‘human rights territory’ if someone spends over a year in gaol for a minor offence before sentencing. I wonder if he can sue for the extra time spent unnecessarily without liberty? Time for a serious look at the interactions of remand and the courts. These kinds of delays are just unacceptable.

p1 9:32 am 18 Mar 09

At least you know he has not committed another crime in the last 424 days. But being a Massey I am sure he will make up for lost time.

Or he committed them in custody…

calbelsam 8:16 am 18 Mar 09

At least you know he has not committed another crime in the last 424 days. But being a Massey I am sure he will make up for lost time.

FC 7:43 am 18 Mar 09

Wow, that is a very long stay for a stolen trailer. I’m guess it must have something to do with the robbery too..

peterh 12:54 am 18 Mar 09

424 days? pretty long stay for receiving a hot trailer…

Granny 12:23 am 18 Mar 09

Hang on … what? Ngunnawal??!

*pales and faints*

bigfeet 9:19 pm 17 Mar 09

If the courts in Goulburn can issue an order banning Todd Carney from returning to their town, why can’t the ACT Courts issue an order banishing this entire scum family from the Territory?

Oh, I am sorry, I seem to have answered my own question. It is because they are the ACT Courts.

That would involve them doing something more than issuing a warning and a stern “Please don’t do it again or I shall be forced to warn you again” lecture.

And they are clearly unwilling to doing anything more than that.

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