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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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On bail Justin Monfries named as driver in Canberra hospital horror smash
Thumper 2:57 pm 04 May 12

I will have to protect the community and I will do so

Judicial fail.

EvanJames 2:52 pm 04 May 12

p1 said :

Well, I guess if he is mentally unfit to be judged for his actions, he is probably mentally unfit to be loose in society?

that’s it. the purpose of these laws is to PROTECT SOCIETY, not to ensure that the violent lawless people have ample opportunity to cause harm. Judges seem to think that people who are violent and anti-social have redeeming features, maybe because they see so many of them, they re-set their standards for normalcy. We need to keep insisting that the rights of society to be protected from these people outweigh any “rights” these people have to keep harming others.

c_c 2:48 pm 04 May 12

No doubt every bleeding heart lefty is going to start reciting a list of reasons why it was society and circumstance that killed the health care worker and injured her colleague, not the waste of space behind the wheel who in olden days would have died in the gutter a pauper well before this could happen.

It just seems wrong to me that whether this guy goes to jail or the mental health unit, we’ll be spending over $80,000 a year to keep him alive, feed him and basically look after his every need. Someone who has repeatedly rejected society, its laws and its conventions and who has, and will in all likelihood continue to go on harming society.

Meanwhile that $80,000 could fund a staggering amount of aid and health care in third world countries where people dream of getting just one of the chances, fools like this take for granted and throw away.

Treat this cretin like the rabid dog he is.

Tool 2:42 pm 04 May 12

Time for legislative reform, this is the usual crap over and over, a sob story about someone the system let down who goes out with no regard for laws or any other person and now look what happens.  You commit an indictable offence and kill someone it should be murder, I have no doubt he will get cuplable drive causing death – woopty doo 14 years for this piece of trash is hardly enough.  First we had CRK and then Amber Westin, now Justin Monfries, how many more people need to be killed by idiots before we will get serious.  It is an election year, Corbell grow some nuts and look after the 99% of your community who are law abiding and pay taxes and actually offer something to Canberra, and stop protecting leaches like Monfries.  Human Rights boo hoo, one mans actions have in an instant ruined many, many lives, speak to them about Human Rights

Holden Caulfield 2:40 pm 04 May 12

Lock him up and throw away the f***ing key!

abc 2:40 pm 04 May 12

Poor Justin, what a sad life.. aspergers, drug and drink problems yet so many chances. But with all those problems, he can still work out how to steal and now how to kill.. What a piece of s***. Get rid of him.

maniac 2:40 pm 04 May 12

This makes me wish we had the 3 strike system in Australia – then he would be in jail for life already and not on the road killing people.

dpm 2:38 pm 04 May 12

Clever work Justice Richard Refshauge. Hope you’re having a good day. I can think of a few people that aren’t having as nice a day as you right now…

FFS, can. we. please. get. someone. in. charge. that. knows. WTF. they. are. doing!

What does it take??

Remember, this is the same ‘Justice’ that let Amber Westin out recently too.
http://the-riotact.com/justice-refshauge-sets-amber-westin-free/66289
Be careful on the roads, people…. 🙁

chewy14 2:33 pm 04 May 12

JB,
I hoped you enjoyed your Mully, I think we have a worthy successor.

Ian 2:25 pm 04 May 12

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.

How about he give up crime? Then he won’t need to fear being returned to prison. Easy!

minniemay 2:24 pm 04 May 12

Ugh, and this is in the comments from the judge R v Monfires (No 3):

I am not going to say this is your last chance, but chances do not come very often. You really have to be sensible about these things and you will not be taken into custody if you do the right thing. There is no reason for you to fear the police if you do the right thing and even if the police overstep the mark for some reason and sometimes they do inadvertently, then you will come back to court and the court will deal with you fairly.

That fairness can mean that you go back to jail in certain circumstances, but as you now know, you have put the community at risk when you commit offences and that means having allegations of committing further offences, getting into cars which are not yours and driving when you should not be driving and so on.

I think you are making some progress. There is a long way to go. If you can work with this agency, Weigelli, then that might give you some possibility of going further, but my patience is not inexhaustible and what Mr Williamson says is right, I have got to protect the community and if you are going to abuse the trust that you have got, then I will have to protect the community and I will do so. At the moment I do not see that the community is at special risk, but that is dependent entirely upon your ability to do the right thing and I hope you can do so.

**

Must be frustrating for the police and DPP.

p1 2:21 pm 04 May 12

Well, I guess if he is mentally unfit to be judged for his actions, he is probably mentally unfit to be loose in society?

carnardly 2:20 pm 04 May 12

hopefully now he’ll have a nice long time to get used to it….

minniemay 2:18 pm 04 May 12

There’s three supreme court cases on his earlier charges and fitness to plead.

From R v Monfries (No 2) it seems he has a host of problems, including pretty extensive learning problems and drug and alcohol abuse. (He was still ruled fit to plead though): http://www.courts.act.gov.au/supreme/judgment/view/4416/title/r-v-monfries-no-2

Ben_Dover 2:11 pm 04 May 12

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.

Better let him go then, oh, and get him a new social worker for goodness sake!

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