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On bail Justin Monfries named as driver in Canberra hospital horror smash

By johnboy 4 May 2012 199

The Canberra Times reports that the man being very grudgingly treated at Canberra hospital after yesterday’s fatal collision on Yamba Drive is one Justin Monfries:

The 24-year-old, who has an extensive criminal history, was on bail for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon, specifically a machete.

He had entered pleas of not guilty to the allegations.

Monfries has been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, and at a bail application earlier this year told the court through his lawyer he was terrified of being returned to prison.

On Facebook there is a Justin Monfries revelling in the userid of “evilkid666”.

UPDATE 04/05/12 14:38: Google gives a hefty list of court appearances.

Also the Chief Police Officer has tweeted the charges:

UPDATE 04/05/12 15:12: The police media release is now up:

ACT Policing has charged a 24-year-old Kambah man following a fatal collision yesterday (Thursday, May 3) afternoon.

Around 4.45pm a 38-year-old woman was killed and another suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the road outside The Canberra Hospital.

Police will allege the vehicle was stolen when it ran a red light and hit the pedestrians who were crossing the intersection at Bateson Road.

The man was discharged from The Canberra Hospital early this afternoon (Friday, May 4), and transported to the ACT Watch House, where he was charged with manslaughter, culpable driving causing death, culpable driving causing grievous bodily harm and other traffic related offences.

He will face the ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon.

UPDATE 04/05/12 18:53: The ABC has named the victims as the “killed Linda Cox, 38, who worked in the hospital’s cardiology department and seriously injured Ashlee Bumpus, 25”

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Grrrr 12:46 am 20 Dec 14

Ben_Dover said :

Eligable for parole in 2022, when he will be 34 yrs old? What a mockery of justice. Lets hope he’s remembered should he return here.

He won’t be returning:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/jailed-hitandrun-driver-justin-monfries-dead-20141219-12akkd.html

carnardly 12:01 am 20 Dec 14

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/jailed-hitandrun-driver-justin-monfries-dead-20141219-12akkd.html

wonder if it was an unexpected medical issue or he took his own life. I’m not sure there’ll be a lot of sympathy from the wider community about this dude.

Ben_Dover 12:23 pm 18 Jun 13

Eligable for parole in 2022, when he will be 34 yrs old? What a mockery of justice. Lets hope he’s remembered should he return here.

carnardly 11:55 am 18 Jun 13

13 years. Doesn’t seem enough!

Thoughts go to Linda and Ashlee and families at this time. 🙁

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/man-jailed-for-13-years-for-fatal-hit-and-run-20130618-2ofhj.html

HenryBG 3:36 pm 13 Jul 12

carnardly said :

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/alleged-killer-driver-faces-court-after-hospital-crash-20120713-220c4.html

Let’s *hope* his time does come.

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It’s a sad fact that his time will come a damn sight sooner if they just let him out again. This particular piece of human excrement should have been put down years ago. What a pathetic gutless society we live in that refuses to take steps to protect itself against those that threaten it.

carnardly 2:24 pm 13 Jul 12

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/alleged-killer-driver-faces-court-after-hospital-crash-20120713-220c4.html

Let’s *hope* his time does come.

RIP Linda Cox and condolences to her family.

Tool 8:39 am 10 May 12

dpm said :

It’s funny, the last time something *similar* to this happened in NSW, people (and the Govt) were so pi#$ed that they ended up creating Skye’s law.
In ACT, after a week it reverts down to people arguing that: “Yeah, but crime is going down, so it’s OK….’
So sad that innocent victims are treated so poorly here…

The ACT government doesn’t have the clout to make a change like skyes law it would upset all the minority groups it works tirelessly to satisfy. People dying by the hand of someone committing a crime is so overrated, costly and doesn’t win votes.

minniemay 11:46 pm 09 May 12

HenryBG said :

Diggety said :

minniemay said :

Diggety said :

Differential treatment of persons based on race is racism.

From a judge, even worse.

You know that’s only the case if everyone starts from an equal baseline, right?

To suggest that indigenous people were not disadvantaged in court appearances before these kind of evidence guidelines is untrue (and bordering on the willfully ignorant).

When were Justin Monfries or his girlfriend “disadvantaged in court” due to their race?

Racism is racism, lady. Stopping condoning it.

Just to be clear – when we say “indigenous”, are we talking about “aboriginal”?

And are we talking about aboriginals speaking their own language from aboriginal communities in remote parts of Australia?

Or are we talking about a couple of lazy and dishonest drug addicts who grew up in well-off middle-class households in Canberra’s suburbs?

Ok. Where to start?

The quote that has been bandied about as evidence of the racist nature of the courts (racist away from white people, I might add) is recognising that indigenous australians (and yes, indigenous australians are aboriginal australians) face significant hurdles in *giving evidence* in court. Note, this is not anything to do with sentencing. It’s like realising that’s it’s unfair to question an italian speaker (for example) only in english. Recognising that questioning an indigenous Australian in line with white Australian cultural goggles on is the same thing. So some behaviour on the witness stand which would seem bizarre to a white perspective, can be explained in the context of indigenous society. But all of this has nothing to do with the Monfries case coming up, and the quote that Henry BG keeps parroting is only about understanding evidence from indigenous witnesses (his girlfriend). Nothing about sentencing or the like.

HenryBG 9:44 pm 09 May 12

Diggety said :

minniemay said :

Diggety said :

Differential treatment of persons based on race is racism.

From a judge, even worse.

You know that’s only the case if everyone starts from an equal baseline, right?

To suggest that indigenous people were not disadvantaged in court appearances before these kind of evidence guidelines is untrue (and bordering on the willfully ignorant).

When were Justin Monfries or his girlfriend “disadvantaged in court” due to their race?

Racism is racism, lady. Stopping condoning it.

Just to be clear – when we say “indigenous”, are we talking about “aboriginal”?

And are we talking about aboriginals speaking their own language from aboriginal communities in remote parts of Australia?

Or are we talking about a couple of lazy and dishonest drug addicts who grew up in well-off middle-class households in Canberra’s suburbs?

Diggety 9:26 pm 09 May 12

minniemay said :

Diggety said :

minniemay said :

Diggety said :

HenryBG said :

So in the meantime, let me remind you what our taxes are paying for:

Thus, the logic of Australian white society is not always a sure sign of the approach that should be adopted in the assessment of evidence from those of Aboriginal descent.

Racism and incompetence from a judge. That’s what our taxes are paying for.

How on earth is that racist? If you read the judgment, you’ll see that the Aboriginality of his girlfriend (which is what this passage was referring to) was only relevant in terms of how she interacts with authority figures. It’s recognising cultural realities that may alter how people give evidence in court (and quite frankly the courts failed dismally to do this for far too long).

Differential treatment of persons based on race is racism.

From a judge, even worse.

You know that’s only the case if everyone starts from an equal baseline, right?

To suggest that indigenous people were not disadvantaged in court appearances before these kind of evidence guidelines is untrue (and bordering on the willfully ignorant).

When were Justin Monfries or his girlfriend “disadvantaged in court” due to their race?

Racism is racism, lady. Stopping condoning it.

HenryBG 9:06 pm 09 May 12

dpm said :

It’s funny, the last time something *similar* to this happened in NSW, people (and the Govt) were so pi#$ed that they ended up creating Skye’s law.
In ACT, after a week it reverts down to people arguing that: “Yeah, but crime is going down, so it’s OK….’
So sad that innocent victims are treated so poorly here…

Is “Skye’s Law” the one that authorises police to put a .50 cal round through the engine block of any stolen car?

dpm 8:50 pm 09 May 12

It’s funny, the last time something *similar* to this happened in NSW, people (and the Govt) were so pi#$ed that they ended up creating Skye’s law.
In ACT, after a week it reverts down to people arguing that: “Yeah, but crime is going down, so it’s OK….’
So sad that innocent victims are treated so poorly here…

minniemay 7:06 pm 09 May 12

Diggety said :

minniemay said :

Diggety said :

HenryBG said :

So in the meantime, let me remind you what our taxes are paying for:

Thus, the logic of Australian white society is not always a sure sign of the approach that should be adopted in the assessment of evidence from those of Aboriginal descent.

Racism and incompetence from a judge. That’s what our taxes are paying for.

How on earth is that racist? If you read the judgment, you’ll see that the Aboriginality of his girlfriend (which is what this passage was referring to) was only relevant in terms of how she interacts with authority figures. It’s recognising cultural realities that may alter how people give evidence in court (and quite frankly the courts failed dismally to do this for far too long).

Differential treatment of persons based on race is racism.

From a judge, even worse.

You know that’s only the case if everyone starts from an equal baseline, right?

To suggest that indigenous people were not disadvantaged in court appearances before these kind of evidence guidelines is untrue (and bordering on the willfully ignorant).

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