Recklessly inflicting bodily harm with a car? Go get some therapy you poor dear.

johnboy 13 February 2009 38

The ABC brings the sadly unsurprising news that Michael Reiner Kierspel, 30, of Dunlop has been sentenced (by Penfold, H.) to a year of drug and alcohol treatment and a three month suspended sentence.

Was this for some trivial misdemeanor?

Erm, no… not in my opinion at least.

    A Canberra man who drove over a security guard outside an O’Connor bar in May 2007 has been given a three month suspended jail sentence.

So community… what are your expectations here?


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38 Responses to Recklessly inflicting bodily harm with a car? Go get some therapy you poor dear.
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jakez jakez 10:28 pm 13 Feb 09

My expectation is complete restitution paid to the guard, paid by the offender.

bigfeet bigfeet 8:54 pm 13 Feb 09

utah said :

I think ACT judgements ought to be published on the web, ASAP after the trial.

Most are… http://www.courts.act.gov.au/supreme/search/judgments.asp

but as this was a plea of guilty then it probably wont be.

utah utah 8:35 pm 13 Feb 09

I think ACT judgements ought to be published on the web, ASAP after the trial. We already pay people to produce written transcripts of trials; how hard is it to save a copy on a web server?

That way we’d all be able to see what perfectly reasonable arguments were involved in letting this guy walk for what looks (at first glance) a lot like pre-meditated murder. Otherwise people lose faith in our legal system, and start wondering what we’re paying certain magistrates for.

Nosey Nosey 8:17 pm 13 Feb 09

If the driver was a serving member of the AFP, and from what I read in the Canberra Crimes, the DPP would appeal.

Any cops out there willing to back this statement?

Special G Special G 7:41 pm 13 Feb 09

So next time you get knocked back for being too drunk run the bloke over.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:07 pm 13 Feb 09

Astounding!

bigfeet bigfeet 6:56 pm 13 Feb 09

There were rumblings within ACT Supreme Court and the Canberra legal fraternity when Hilary got appointed as a Justice.

Existing Justices and local barristers were concerned that she might actually give out some sentences which in their opinion were simply far too harsh.

Well, they were obviously mistaken. Seems as though she has fallen into line.

vg vg 6:52 pm 13 Feb 09

Surely no-one can be genuinely shocked by this sort of judicial work here in Canberra?

And the saddest thing is, in Canberra, it genuinely isn’t shocking.

Absolutely and unequivocally pathetic

Swaggie Swaggie 6:51 pm 13 Feb 09

“Kierspel then revved his car again and drove over the man”

Does anyone have Hilary Penfold’s address? Can you please just wait outside then casually rev your car and drive over her next time she’s out for a walk…you needn’t fear anything from our judicial system.

DJ DJ 6:46 pm 13 Feb 09

At least he was convicted which makes for a nice change I guess. The penalty given is so inadequate compared to the POSSIBLE sentence. Will DPP try their hand at having the outcome changed? Probably not….

RatsNest RatsNest 6:15 pm 13 Feb 09

Does anyone know if there were circumstances to allow for this light a sentance. ie, it was an accident and the driver showed extreme remorse?

Or was it more of a ‘It was the alcohol, i had a hard childhood’ defence?

Deckard Deckard 6:09 pm 13 Feb 09

Wasn’t he drunk? If you run over someone while drink driving I’m sure you’d be charged for it. Even if the guy jumped in front of his car.

Thumper Thumper 6:04 pm 13 Feb 09

If it were an accident would he have been charged?

Deckard Deckard 6:00 pm 13 Feb 09

Maybe we should find this Michael Kierspel and see if next time he’d like to try and run over a certain supreme court justice.

random random 6:00 pm 13 Feb 09

What were the circumstances? It’s ridiculously light if he ran this guy down, but what if it was an accident? What if the guy jumped out in front of him?

Thumper Thumper 5:57 pm 13 Feb 09

No surprise here. You get punished more in Canberra for traffic offences than you do for trying to kill someone.

As usual, pathetic sentence and not what the community would expect. Remind me why we built a gaol?

niftydog niftydog 5:38 pm 13 Feb 09

Attempted murder, downgraded, 3 month suspended sentence and a trip to AA. Holy donuts.

Q: What’s the difference between a normal law-abiding citizen and a homicidal maniac?

A: a few beers and a spliff.

Something tells me it goes a tad deeper than that, Hillary.

Starscream Starscream 5:10 pm 13 Feb 09

Absolutely disgusting. Is there any way at all to do hard time in this town?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:08 pm 13 Feb 09

So it’s a case of no bars at all then.

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