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So Mr accused armed robber… you want to work as a security guard?

By johnboy - 15 November 2008 20

Here’s a breathtaking one from the ABC about one Roland Chauveau, 24, from Queanbeyan.

Roland is on bail after allegedly storming the Weston Creek Labor Club in February wearing a balaclava and brandishing a gun, tieing up the staff, and making off with $124,000.

And here’s the interesting new development:

    His bail was amended by the Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill, to include a condition allowing Chauveau to work as a security guard in the ACT including at nightclubs, but not in any premises where poker machines operate.

I feel safer already!

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20 Responses to
So Mr accused armed robber… you want to work as a security guard?
GottaLoveCanberra 3:40 pm 15 Nov 08

“IMO people acused of violent crimes should not be granted bail.”

Slippery slope there mate.

captainwhorebags 3:29 pm 15 Nov 08

I’m staggered that $124,000 is that accessible at the Labor Club. Surely some of it is kept in a safe that can’t be opened by shift staff.

TroyWilliams 12:50 pm 15 Nov 08

Even though it can be a bit of a worry sometimes, innocent until proven guilty means exactly that. As disconcerting things like this are, the alternative is worse.

That’s right; however there are options to deal with this dilemma. Many professions (and probably trades to, but I can’t think of one) allow a person to be ‘stood down’ until an issue is resolved and something similar could work here.

Spam Box 12:23 pm 15 Nov 08

I think the no-pokies thing might have something to do with the extra strong regulations concerning gambling environments.

Deadmandrinking 12:17 pm 15 Nov 08

I think it’s better if they assess a risk of re-offending or bolting. That way, if someone has been falsely accused, they spend less time unnecessarily in the clink.

Starscream 12:13 pm 15 Nov 08

IMO people acused of violent crimes should not be granted bail.

Deadmandrinking 12:11 pm 15 Nov 08

It has been modified so that he does not carry any responsibility over cash – I assume he’s been given the right to work as security back because this is his only profession.

johnboy 12:06 pm 15 Nov 08

On the other hand the original bail conditions prohibited him from this sort of work for some sort of reason…

Tooks 11:53 am 15 Nov 08

Primal said :

“but not in any premises where poker machines operate.”

So they trust him not to reoffend but can’t risk letting him near temptation??? That fills me with confidence. Either he’s a risk to the community or he’s not.

It hasn’t been proven that he has offended yet, let alone reoffended.

Deadmandrinking 11:33 am 15 Nov 08

I agree with Spam Box – in Australia, you are innocent until proven guilty. What if he is innocent?

bigred 10:45 am 15 Nov 08

All Bar Nun or Academy just got a new employee it seems. Wonder if he scrapes his knuckles on the pavemnet like the rest of them?

Primal 10:41 am 15 Nov 08

“but not in any premises where poker machines operate.”

So they trust him not to reoffend but can’t risk letting him near temptation??? That fills me with confidence. Either he’s a risk to the community or he’s not.

Spam Box 10:08 am 15 Nov 08

He hasn’t “done” anything wrong – yet

If he’s convicted – then one would imagine there will be a re-think about his employment options.

Even though it can be a bit of a worry sometimes, innocent until proven guilty means exactly that. As disconcerting things like this are, the alternative is worse.

123qwe 10:06 am 15 Nov 08

This sort of thing does bugger all for the reputation of security businesses. Many already have bad reputations, and a lot of people think they are full of crooks who are very well placed to commit crimes (e.g. beating up people at nightclubs, or doing burglaries under the pretence of ‘patrolling’).

Old mate here has not been convicted of the crime at this time, so it would not be a problem (in theory) to employ him. The wording of the bail amendment suggests he has gained employment somewhere. I wonder if this guy told his employer about the court case, or have they now just found out through the ABC.

farnarkler 9:52 am 15 Nov 08

And people wonder why the legal system is failing us.

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