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Rebecca Massey breaches bail, gets more bail, living in Ngunnawal

By johnboy - 10 June 2010 64

The Canberra Times informs us that alleged knife murderer Rebecca Massey has breached her bail by having ex-boyfriend and alleged evidence concealer Michael Marshall around to her Ngunnawal govvie. But hey, bail conditions in the ACT are really just suggestions.

It’s been nearly two years since Elizabeth Booshand was stabbed to death at Charnwood shops in 2008.

Massey’s barrister, Jack Pappas, said Marshall might in fact become more hostile if prevented from having a relationship with his client.

He told the court that there was nothing to suggest Massey had gone in search of Marshall and no hint that she had otherwise breached her bail since it was first granted. The court heard the woman applied to change her bail conditions so that she could associate with Marshall without breaking the rules governing her freedom, but that the hearing was adjourned on June 2.

Justice Refshauge noted that the woman was unlikely to face trial before 2012 and said she would be put in custody if she transgressed her bail conditions again.

And we call this a justice system?

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Rebecca Massey breaches bail, gets more bail, living in Ngunnawal
54-11 4:42 pm 10 Jun 10

Where’s Mully when you need him.

justin heywood 3:52 pm 10 Jun 10

“Massey’s barrister, Jack Pappas, said Marshall might in fact become more hostile if prevented from having a relationship with his client.”

At least you have to smile at Pappas’ cheek. A reasonable person might assume that she was already pretty hostile at the time of the (alleged) murder. How much more hostile could she get?

I allege, your honour, that in this town the justice system is broke.

Instant Mash 3:33 pm 10 Jun 10

Hence my lack of faith in the justice system.

Pommy bastard 3:02 pm 10 Jun 10

What is the point of the bail system if when breached there is only more leeway given?

p1 2:07 pm 10 Jun 10

He told the court that there was nothing to suggest Massey had gone in search of Marshall and no hint that she had otherwise breached her bail since it was first granted.

If this is true, then fair enough I suppose. But if he knew of the bail condition placed upon her, and knowingly breached it, isn’t there something they can charge him with? Was she home and he turned up uninvited, she asked him to leave, end of story? Or since he was there, did they have some beers and watch the footy for a few hours?

justin heywood 1:27 pm 10 Jun 10

Bosworth said :

to all the commenters above, how is your assessment of the best course of action a better decision than that made by the judge?

Let me put a question to you Bos. What do you think the penalty should be for breaching bail?

georgesgenitals 1:10 pm 10 Jun 10

Pommy bastard said :

Massey’s barrister, Jack Pappas, said Marshall might in fact become more hostile if prevented from having a relationship with his client.

Yes, and?

Can anyone, anyone with a drop of sanity left, please explain to me why this means her bail conditions should be weakened, rather than strengthened or rescinded and her breached?

Harm minimisation.

Bosworth 12:53 pm 10 Jun 10

to all the commenters above, how is your assessment of the best course of action a better decision than that made by the judge?

PBO 12:21 pm 10 Jun 10

Rebecca Massey is a shining example of the failure of the Canberra legal system.

Pommy bastard 11:20 am 10 Jun 10

Massey’s barrister, Jack Pappas, said Marshall might in fact become more hostile if prevented from having a relationship with his client.

Yes, and?

Can anyone, anyone with a drop of sanity left, please explain to me why this means her bail conditions should be weakened, rather than strengthened or rescinded and her breached?

farq 11:17 am 10 Jun 10

4 years? They have to be joking right.

Why?

ConanOfCooma 11:12 am 10 Jun 10

No, I never called it a Justice System. It’s a joke, through and through.

neanderthalsis 10:45 am 10 Jun 10

And they wonder why we have no confidence in the judicial system in this dingbat dictatorship. Shame, shame…

Surely the fact that Marshal may become more violent would be a reason for them both to be remanded and not left out on the community to stab people and hide evidence at will.

Radar 10:40 am 10 Jun 10

If I ever do anything wrong I want Jack Pappas in my corner. The man is a genius!

p1 10:25 am 10 Jun 10

Why has it been two years already, and going to take another two years for it to be going to trial? Does it take four years to organise? Is the criminal court system four years behind for everybody? Glad I’m not giving evidence, I would have a fair bit of trouble remembering anything reliable after that amount of time.

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