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Reasons not to share your porn with blokes you met in the Calwell Club

By johnboy - 11 January 2013 13

The human theatre of the Supreme Court continues with the sentencing of Matthew Hood and Matthew Burge:

The aggravated robbery was committed in February this year. Mr Burge and Mr Hood had been to the Calwell Club in the evening, and shortly after 10 pm they left there and went to the complainant’s home.

I note that the Agreed Statement of Facts says that they left the club in the company of the complainant, which is inconsistent with Mr Hood’s evidence that the complainant had not been at the club, but that they went to his home after they ran out of money, hoping he might have some alcohol, and that the prosecutor made his submissions on the basis of Mr Hood’s evidence, rather than the Statement of Facts.

The complainant had known Mr Hood for about four years, and had seen him most recently a few months earlier. The complainant had met Mr Burge once before, and knew him as a friend of Mr Hood. The complainant offered to show the two offenders some pornography that he had downloaded. Mr Burge looked at the complainant’s laptop for a few minutes, then became agitated and claimed that the pornography included images of under-age girls. He knocked the complainant onto the floor, then kicked him in the head and torso several times and demanded the complainant’s wallet. The complainant handed over his wallet, which contained items including cash and a bank debit card. Mr Burge demanded to know the PIN for the debit card, but the complainant refused to tell him. Mr Burge and Mr Hood discussed stabbing the complainant with a knife or scissors until he gave them the PIN. Instead, Mr Hood kicked the complainant in the head twice, but he still refused to give out the PIN.

Mr Burge and Mr Hood then ransacked the complainant’s bedroom, threw his TV onto the floor, smashed a home stereo system, and threw a speaker at the lounge room wall, creating a hole. As well, a pair of scissors was stabbed point first into a wall. Mr Burge and Mr Hood then left the complainant’s home and the complainant called the police.

The complainant suffered significant injuries as a result of the violence inflicted on him. As well as bruised and swollen eyes, a bleeding nose and an abrasion to his right cheek bone, which were apparent to police, he was eventually diagnosed with a fractured right sinus wall and zygomatic arch (being his right eye socket and part of his right mandible), and a lacerated spleen. He required surgery for some of these injuries.

Mr Burge and Mr Hood were arrested about 24 hours after the incident, having failed to appear for interviews that had been arranged when police initially spoke to them a few hours after the complainant reported the robbery.

Both back out on the streets but their weekends will be spent in periodic detention.

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Reasons not to share your porn with blokes you met in the Calwell Club
Grail 12:44 pm 14 Jan 13

Here_and_Now said :

Instant Mash said :

With sentences like this, why am I not committing violent crimes?

Is committing violent crimes acceptable to you so long as the sentence is insufficiently severe?

You should drop “crimes” out of that question, if you are actually asking about the morality of an act.

The way this case informs my morality is as follows: it’s okay to beat someone up and steal their stuff, if you pull a Conroy.

NB: “Pulling a Conroy” is the inverse of Godwin’s Law. That is to say that the aim is to accuse the opponent of pedophilia as early as possible in the argument to indicate that you have won and no further debate is necessary.

Holden Caulfield 10:39 am 14 Jan 13

Instant Mash said :

With sentences like this, why am I not committing violent crimes? It seems the positives certainly outweigh the negatives…

But is it really a proper sentence if it ends with an ellipsis?

thebrownstreak69 9:33 am 14 Jan 13

Instant Mash said :

With sentences like this, why am I not committing violent crimes? It seems the positives certainly outweigh the negatives…

Are you really angry enough at someone to let yourself be turned into a scumbag?

ScienceRules 6:29 pm 13 Jan 13

Instant Mash said :

With sentences like this, why am I not committing violent crimes? It seems the positives certainly outweigh the negatives…

Perhaps you’re just not the kind of person who does those things. You know, a good guy…

Here_and_Now 5:37 pm 13 Jan 13

Instant Mash said :

With sentences like this, why am I not committing violent crimes?

Is committing violent crimes acceptable to you so long as the sentence is insufficiently severe?

Instant Mash 3:37 pm 13 Jan 13

With sentences like this, why am I not committing violent crimes? It seems the positives certainly outweigh the negatives…

ScienceRules 8:20 am 12 Jan 13

Even I reckon that this is pretty lame. Weekend detention for assaulting someone in their own home? Not to mention trashing the place.

Bollocks to that…

LSWCHP 10:54 pm 11 Jan 13

The whole child porn upsettage excuse is obviously bogus. “You have what I perceive to be child porn! I’m upset! You must give me your wallet and credit cards and PINs and allow me to kick you in the head so that I will feel better!”.

Meh. These are two ordinary hoods who who were out for a bit of blagging for profit, and perhaps a bit of biff on the side as entertainment. Once nicked, their simple little minds went a-racing, and came up with the absurd idea of claiming they were provoked into righteous and uncontrollable rage by pics of kiddy-fiddling. It’s the sort of nonsensical drivel that is regularly produced by the dim and criminally inclined.

Astoundingly, in this case their bizarre excuse for an excuse seems to have worked a treat. The ACT legal system triumphs again. Go figger.

farnarkler 9:58 pm 11 Jan 13

These are pathetic sentences; 3 year and 2 years and 9 months, backdated for the little over 20 days spent in custody and then suspended and 12 months of weekend detention. Jeez it’s not much of a deterrent if you want to give someone a good kicking.

Tetranitrate 6:44 pm 11 Jan 13

bundah said :

Gotta love a kangaroo court bogan style.For allegedly having images of underage girls you will get an immediate kicking and be required to immediately pay a fine for we are judge,jury and executioner.

Quite possibly they were totally wrong too – assuming the story is even true.
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/porn-star-helps-new-york-pizza-guy-escape-jail-sentence-in-puerto-rico/story-e6frfku0-1225857833498

bundah 6:05 pm 11 Jan 13

Gotta love a kangaroo court bogan style.For allegedly having images of underage girls you will get an immediate kicking and be required to immediately pay a fine for we are judge,jury and executioner.

rosscoact 5:59 pm 11 Jan 13

That is a pretty serious robbery with GBH to get away with weekend detention

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:36 pm 11 Jan 13

Nice to know that scumbags like these can do hard violence and get off pretty much with no consequences.

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