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Noisy housemates beware – Zhenghao Shen gets a suspended sentence

By johnboy - 17 April 2009 32

Last October those of us who’ve lived in share houses were enthralled by the tale of Zhenghao Shen who took to a housemate’s head with a chef’s knife when the noise of a late night gaming session got too much for him.

The ABC now reports that Chief Justice Higgins appears to have had some sympathy, handing down a 12 month suspended sentence with an 18 month good behaviour bond for recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.

So when your housemate asks you to turn it down, give it some thought. Or they might go all Zhenghao on you.

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Noisy housemates beware – Zhenghao Shen gets a suspended sentence
shauno 4:46 pm 18 Apr 09

Yep like I said a while ago the lunatic who murdered those two people last year in Downer he’ll be lucky to get more then 10 years in this town. Im guessing between 5 and 10. In the US it would be life without parole or the death penalty.

Deadmandrinking 3:09 pm 18 Apr 09

Does the guys behavior sound a little like he might be mentally unstable? I mean, we’ve all wanted to stab our housemates before, but jeez, you’d really have to lose it. Coupled with what seems to be a first offense…could it be the case that he might be required to undergo counseling etc?

vg 3:05 pm 18 Apr 09

jessieduck said :

What the f have you got to do to get locked up in this town??

Murder someone.

Hang on, even that’s not right

sepi 12:17 pm 18 Apr 09

I am hoping that when the prison is open and fully operational, that the judges will feel more inclined to putting people in there.

Perhaps they just don’t want to send them to the already overcrowded remand centre, or to NSW.

It is probably wishful thinking, but anyway.

hetzjagd1 7:15 am 18 Apr 09

jessieduck said :

What the f have you got to do to get locked up in this town??

Agreed. These continuing light sentences for violent crimes sends an appalling message to the community

vg 12:26 am 18 Apr 09

“Is there a legal mechanism whereby a Chief Justice can be held to account for poor judgment, where it can be demonstrated that they have failed to both deter criminals and protect the community repeatably with their leniency?”

No

“Can victims of crimes committed by offenders who really should have been in custody, file a class action against the judge who’s demonstrated incompetence allowed the crimes to occur?”

No

taco 12:14 am 18 Apr 09

I don’t know if Zhenghao Shen would fit the profile of your typical recidivist offender, and if the suspended sentence carried with it an order to get psychiatric help or not, but there does appear to be a trend of allowing bail and giving light (suspended) sentences that are out of line of community expectations, that does appear to be encouraging and enabling recidivisim.

Is there a legal mechanism whereby a Chief Justice can be held to account for poor judgment, where it can be demonstrated that they have failed to both deter criminals and protect the community repeatably with their leniency?

Can victims of crimes committed by offenders who really should have been in custody, file a class action against the judge who’s demonstrated incompetence allowed the crimes to occur?

vg 9:10 pm 17 Apr 09

pelican said :

Unbelievable. What has gone wrong with our justice system.

Asking what’s gone wrong with the justice system in Canberra assumes it was, at one stage, right.

You only need to read the paper or this site to know that what happened here is the rule, not the exception.

Or utter these 2 words

Terry

Higgins

Often that’s all you need say.

And people honestly wonder why the rate of recidivist (repeat offender) crime is so high in the ACT. 90% of our crime is committed by 10% of our crooks because nothing is ever done to deter them

NickD 6:53 pm 17 Apr 09

I would have thought that it was obvious that anyone who stabs someone else in the head because they’re playing a loud game has more than a few problems with their own head and probably isn’t fully responsible for their actions. What would have been achieved by locking this guy up? I presume that he’ll be kicked out of the country.

jessieduck 6:30 pm 17 Apr 09

What the f have you got to do to get locked up in this town??

Thumper 6:26 pm 17 Apr 09

So stabbing someone in the head with a large kitchen knife is now a minor offence.

FFS…

Go to your kitchen now, pick up a large kitchen knife, go to your loved one and pretend to stab them in the head.

Very, very scary thought hey?

Fiona 6:11 pm 17 Apr 09

presumably this will harm his visa status?

pelican 6:08 pm 17 Apr 09

Unbelievable. What has gone wrong with our justice system.

BerraBoy68 5:03 pm 17 Apr 09

So stabbing a person in the head now get you a suspended sentence? Sheesh..

I wonder if the Phenomenon 2009 organisers will now issue their security guys a picture of Zhenghao Shen with instruction not to admit him under any circumstances?

vg 4:29 pm 17 Apr 09

Higgins, GBH, suspended sentence, good behaviour bond

The Canberra courts are like a word association game. Nothing unusual in the above. A Canberra court would have given Saddam Hussein a non-custodial order

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