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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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matt31221 7:27 pm 04 May 12

Slice said :

Poor victims……….killed by an assburger.

You are an idiot bigot.

On Anzac day I was MB riding down that road and there was a chick lying on the road wailing her head off in pain. There was a crowd of people standing around her on mobile phones and to me it appeared that she had been struck by a car whilst walking across. They need to do something about that intersection.

Also I really wonder if the lawyers get a bogus diagnosis of Aspergers on these convicted criminals to get them leniency. See this blokes photo up the top – he is looking into the camera. A lot of people with Aspergers do not give direct eye contact when speaking or look into cameras (this is not always the case though). All the Aspergers people I have met have been lovely caring people, I was diagnosed as having it but it was recently admitted to me that the psych dxed me with it as a child to get me some help due to my ADD style behavioral problems back then. I have been to an Aspergers support group before and everyone was lovely. The only possible criminal trait I could see was one of the guys talks *just* like Hannibal Lector! But otherwise he is a top bloke from what I could tell! Aspergers and criminality are not linked at all.

HenryBG 7:21 pm 04 May 12

Squidward said :

As far as I’m concerned there is as much blood on Refshauge’s hands as these scumbags.

+1 to three strikes and your out. Its time to protect the law abiding citizens from these creatures.

If I’m an engineer, and my job is to design a bridge, and somebody says, “I want the new bridge to support 10-ton trucks”, and I go ahead and design a bridge, it gets built and the first 10-ton truck to drive over it causes it to collapse, I get sued and never get a job designing bridges again.

So, when Mully fronts up in court for his 12th episode of stealing a car, gives his usual sob-story, and the judge lets him out, resulting in the deaths of 4 people, why are those judges still in business?

If you make a professional decision to accept some scumbag’s sob-story and set him loose on the community, then you should be professionally responsible if that scumbag victimises anybody as a result of your decision.

If there were any professional consequence for poor decisions in the court room (not to mention lawyers lying in court – nobody seems to bat an eyelid at that, which is bizarre), then judges would make far better decisions.

One thing the US has going for it is democratically elected law enforcement officials. Instead of letting crims loose because Jon Stanhopeless has rung the judge up top tell him the gaol is full and it will look bad for it to become overcrowded, the judge will think of the next election and what the law-abiding, voting public will make of crims being continually let loose on them.

*** Needless to say, people with tattoos should be excluded from such elections due to the obvious conflict of interest.

Brianna 7:10 pm 04 May 12

cooko said :

Do we really need to have a link to his facebook page?

Lets at least leave his family and friends out of it despite the number of familiar friends he has.

Agreed. His family shouldn’t be punished for the actions he chose.

r1 7:07 pm 04 May 12

The Aboriginal excuse shouldn’t be too far away now

I-filed 7:04 pm 04 May 12

Words of praise warranted here for the professionalism of Canberra Hospital staff who had to treat Monfries in hospital overnight while mourning for their colleague he killed.

sm308 6:53 pm 04 May 12

I was bought up that no excuse is good enough, basically these days – be diagnosed with mental disorder or drug or alcohol problem and your out. Its getting pretty pathetic really….
Special needs means special treatment. I think if youve got enough up top to be a criminal, your good enough to cop it sweet like everyone else. Design special prisions for those who are special needs…solved! He should be locked up like others are. Isnt it if there a concern to the publics saftey, thats why there prisioned…..

Squidward 5:39 pm 04 May 12

dpm said :

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…. 🙁

As far as I’m concerned there is as much blood on Refshauge’s hands as these scumbags.

+1 to three strikes and your out. Its time to protect the law abiding citizens from these creatures.

figjam 5:18 pm 04 May 12

The reason people like Monfries reoffend is simple. There is no disincentive. He’s been told 100 times that stealing cars is a very naughty thing to do. But every time he gets caught, Legal Aid tells him it’s not his fault, the judge tells him not to do it again, criticizes the police and then lets him go. Why wouldn’t he steal cars? It’s great fun and nothing happens when you get caught. Monfries’ behaviour is completely logical and predictable. It’s the decisions made by our judges that defy belief. They share responsibility for this tragedy.

Cheap 5:09 pm 04 May 12

minniemay said :

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.

As far as I’m concerned that judge now has blood on his hands.

Proboscus 5:07 pm 04 May 12

dpm said :

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…. 🙁

+1 again

I remember in the ’90’s former Magistrate Somes kept bailing a bloke who kept bashing his wife and kids. The “strict” bail conditions included not to approach within 100m, not to threaten, intimidate, blah, blah, blah.

So the bloke leaves the court and goes back to the house. He then bashes the wife and kids again, throws them in the car, takes them to the Brindys and kills them all – then himself.

Magistrates and Judges have to be held much more accountable than they are now in regards to the Bail Act. They solely have the power to keep our community safe from these pricks!!!

Proboscus 4:54 pm 04 May 12

Ben_Dover said :

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!

+1

There was a young bloke a few years ago who murdered his mum (stabbed her 57 times or something) who got off because he had Ashbergers (apolgies for spelling) Syndrome.

This arse hat will definitely get off…

Solidarity 4:30 pm 04 May 12

Set up and overpass and you get deros lobbing rocks at cars.

Lose/lose.

cranky 4:08 pm 04 May 12

Perhaps road spikes which raise up whenever the traffic has a red light? 🙂

Keeping these recidivist morons well away from society is the obvious answer. I’m not sure how the judicial thought patterns work, but given the records of CLK, Amber Jane and Mully, to name but three, surely the penny must drop that the sob story in court has to be treated with contempt.

We are being killed by these wretched people!

dpm 3:54 pm 04 May 12

Gerry-Built said :

“ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says pedestrian safety on the road was investigated when the new hospital carpark was built.

But she says further studies may be needed.”
-ABC News
Further studies MAY be needed, Ms Gallagher? I think it is pretty clear what is needed is an overpass or better parking facilities on the premises; not a frickin’ study that will tell you exactly the same thing. I’d suggest there is a very good case against the ACT Government for failing in their duty of care for their employees – for making them cross one of Canberra’s busiest roads nearing and into Peak Hour. Perhaps a class action from employees of TCH, even…

In this case, of a super-busy road with staff parking on the other side, it is probably worthwhile.
But overall, in her defence, do we then really need an overpass at every set of (RED) traffic lights (with walking signals) to protect us from flognuts who run red lights? Surely, instead of having to spend money on overpasses (and studies on overpasses) to protect us from them (while letting them roam free), it would be more morally correct to simply keep these recidivists off the streets? I’d personally be happier with that.

Jim Jones 3:53 pm 04 May 12

TheObserver said :

Might be worth pointing out that the ABC666 coverage of this in the morning was crap-your-pants tabloid ugly, IMHO – and the way that the interviewer on the B’fast show was seemingly pretty desperate to get the police to fess that it was a police pursuit was low budget. No other description for it. Next thing there will be the usual suspects blaming the coppers. Then this oxygen thief will get a good slapping with a limp celery stick until he says “Uncle”.

Yep – must suck being a copper or prosecutor in this town.

Bollocks.

I heard it. He raised the question of police pursuit, the question was answered and the interview moved on.

Some d1ckh3ad texted in saying it was like ‘talkback radio’ complaining about the same thing and the police officer he was interviewing defended him.

You’ve obviously got some sort of agenda against that station if you think that way.

cooko 3:51 pm 04 May 12

Do we really need to have a link to his facebook page?

Lets at least leave his family and friends out of it despite the number of familiar friends he has.

mickey 3:46 pm 04 May 12

Tool said :

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

It is very clear that the majority of citizens want legislative reform to make laws tighter and sentences stricter. What will it take for the legislators to make these changes? Do we not live in a democratic country?

c_c 3:44 pm 04 May 12

TheObserver said :

Might be worth pointing out that the ABC666 coverage of this in the morning was crap-your-pants tabloid ugly, IMHO – and the way that the interviewer on the B’fast show was seemingly pretty desperate to get the police to fess that it was a police pursuit was low budget. No other description for it. Next thing there will be the usual suspects blaming the coppers. Then this oxygen thief will get a good slapping with a limp celery stick until he says “Uncle”.

Yep – must suck being a copper or prosecutor in this town.

This wasn’t bloody Solly again was it? He is an absolute embarrassment.

TheObserver 3:38 pm 04 May 12

Might be worth pointing out that the ABC666 coverage of this in the morning was crap-your-pants tabloid ugly, IMHO – and the way that the interviewer on the B’fast show was seemingly pretty desperate to get the police to fess that it was a police pursuit was low budget. No other description for it. Next thing there will be the usual suspects blaming the coppers. Then this oxygen thief will get a good slapping with a limp celery stick until he says “Uncle”.

Yep – must suck being a copper or prosecutor in this town.

HenryBG 3:28 pm 04 May 12

dpm said :

Clever work Justice Richard Refshauge.

Yes.

It’s not every day one of our judges has his piss-weak judgment overturned as emphatically as has happened this time, but it was only a matter of time. They keep letting them walk, and they keep ending up in court pleading for “another chance”.

We need a three strikes rule. It’s the law-abiding who need to be served by the justice system, not the lawless.

And convert that 5-star holiday resort into a proper prison with the capacity to accept all of Canberra’s criminal scum at a reasonable price. Ditch the gourmet catering and the army of counsellors.

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