Noisy housemates beware – Zhenghao Shen gets a suspended sentence

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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farnarkler farnarkler 10:56 pm 19 Apr 09

People, have a read of the sentences given by the chief justice. They are an absolute laugh. All the defendants have to do is say they had a bad childhood and/or they’re on drugs and the chief justice gets all weepy eyed and lets them off with suspended sentences.

vg vg 8:40 pm 19 Apr 09

His alternative would be a continuation of no-one having responsibility for anything, ever

hey_you hey_you 7:11 pm 19 Apr 09

oops I meant farq – apologies

hey_you hey_you 7:10 pm 19 Apr 09

Farg – Can you please explain which parts of our judicial system you classify as medieval and what your proposal as alternative would be?

farq farq 6:53 pm 19 Apr 09

vg said :

So your opinion is based on what?

Zero I’d say

community expectations. sorry not all of us want to throw away the key.

vg vg 4:01 pm 19 Apr 09

So your opinion is based on what?

Zero I’d say

farq farq 3:49 pm 19 Apr 09

vg said :

To ask that question you’ve clearly never spent time in the said judicial system

and thank god for that, it’s a fcuking medieval system.

those of us outside the today tonight viewers don’t want a pound of flesh. just the outcome that causes the least harm.

vg vg 2:37 pm 19 Apr 09

“Who is frustrated?”

To ask that question you’ve clearly never spent time in the said judicial system

farq farq 11:27 am 19 Apr 09

johnboy said :

No matter how frustrated a judge might make you, it’s nothing to the terror of a politically vulnerable judiciary.

who is frustrated? only the ones with a mob mentality who deep down just want a return to public executions.

Deadmandrinking said :

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?

too true dmd (except I’ve never wanted to stab a housemate).

NickD NickD 9:34 am 19 Apr 09

Poor judgments can be overturned by the appeals process. Politicians can’t arbitrarily sack judges (for any number of very good reasons; judicial independence is rather important in democracies) but they can be removed if they’re found to be incompetent.

Ian Ian 8:39 am 19 Apr 09

Lucky for this woman, Zhenghao wasn’t her neighbour

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25350428-5017817,00.html

johnboy johnboy 11:57 pm 18 Apr 09

No matter how frustrated a judge might make you, it’s nothing to the terror of a politically vulnerable judiciary.

vg vg 10:11 pm 18 Apr 09

“Do you have data available which proves that Canberra residents want people found guilty to be given ‘heavy’ sentences, that the current sentences typically handed down don’t meet these preferences and that such sentencing is contributing to recidivism, or did you just make that up?”

Every victim of crime I’ve ever met, will that do?

vg vg 10:11 pm 18 Apr 09

Ah no, what I said what a judge couldn’t be dismissed for poor judgment. Gross negligence or incompetence is another story

taco taco 8:55 pm 18 Apr 09

NickD said :

taco said :

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.

Do you have data available which proves that Canberra residents want people found guilty to be given ‘heavy’ sentences, that the current sentences typically handed down don’t meet these preferences and that such sentencing is contributing to recidivism, or did you just make that up?

If you re-read my post again you will see that it is obvious that I do not have any data on this, and that I am not involved in any way with the criminal justice system. I am just merely commenting on my observations of popular opinion gained from the media. If I had access to any research on the subject I would have quoted it as such.

My main inquiry, as to whether a chief justice can be held accountable for gross negligence or incompetence, to which vg claims there is not. This worries me, as every position of power should have a mechanism for accountability – even the Prime Minister can be sacked by the Governor General (and I think vice versa). Can our Chief Minister or Attorney General dismiss the judiciary?

shauno shauno 7:19 pm 18 Apr 09

There’s something really wrong with the law in this country. You get locked up for growing dope a naturally occurring Asiatic herb and you get set free for stabbing some one in the head recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.

NickD NickD 5:40 pm 18 Apr 09

taco said :

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.

Do you have data available which proves that Canberra residents want people found guilty to be given ‘heavy’ sentences, that the current sentences typically handed down don’t meet these preferences and that such sentencing is contributing to recidivism, or did you just make that up?

shauno 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 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 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

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