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St John’s vandalism, charges pending.

By johnboy 20 June 2011 49

broken headstones

Members from ACT Policing’s Crime Targeting Team are expected to charge a 24-year-old man with property damage after a large number of headstones at Saint John’s Anglican Church in Reid were extensively damaged last month (May 23).

Police were called to the church on Tuesday, May 24 in relation to a report that a large number of headstones had been extensively and maliciously damaged.

The cost of the damage is estimated around $20,000.

The man, who is currently in custody for unrelated matters, will be charged with property damage when he appears in the ACT Magistrates Court this Thursday (June 23).

[Courtesy ACT Policing

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Holditz 9:08 pm 28 Oct 11

And now James March has been put away for three years:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/crime-and-law/gravestone-smasher-gets-3-years/2339533.aspx

According to the newspaper report, March had earlier broke into a house and stolen a laptop, and then committed the desecration with another man which he refused to shop. Unfortunately he’ll be out July next year and then spend another year in periodic detention (how does that work?)

fgzk said :

The hardest thing with people is showing them how their actions effect others. If its OK to mock the dead on RA then its got to be ok to smash up some grave stones. If RA is going to continually show no respect for the families of the dead, then why expect thoe’s same people to show any respect for your memorials to the dead.

Seeing as most of you fail to accept responsibility for the part you play in mocking dead people you may need a greater punishment than wrecking just one grave yard. Will that stop the repeat offenders. I doubt it.

ARRRGH, I am precariously close to agreeing with your sentiment. Must log out of Riot Act before it happens.

fgzk 9:09 am 29 Jun 11

To put it in words you would use LSWCHP, Dudley may be just invoking the ANZAC tradition of defending the honor of his dead mate’s.

The hardest thing with people is showing them how their actions effect others. If its OK to mock the dead on RA then its got to be ok to smash up some grave stones. If RA is going to continually show no respect for the families of the dead, then why expect thoe’s same people to show any respect for your memorials to the dead.

Seeing as most of you fail to accept responsibility for the part you play in mocking dead people you may need a greater punishment than wrecking just one grave yard. Will that stop the repeat offenders. I doubt it.

I challenge every bogan who was ever offended by comments about their dead mates to tear down a site and spread the love. More punishment for the wicked. Follow the example set by the normal people, as expressed on RA. Keep on offending.

LSWCHP 11:24 pm 28 Jun 11

fgzk said :

The courts decide if he is mad bad or sad.

While we are making assumptions about “people’s” motivations. If he was an idiot and woke up every morning to RA, he might have a very good reason to trash Canberra’s grave stones. Maybe he got angry at the constant disrespect of his dead friends, thought “FUA” and then systematically destroyed memorials to dead people. Whilst I would not condone the destruction of property, Id support this motivation as an expression of a legitimate feeling. FU and your ancestors.

You’d support this motivation as an expression of legitimate feeling? I’m not even going to begin to try to comprehend what that tortured sentence means. However, on another note, many thanks for the offer to have sex with me and my ancestors. I think I’ll decline though, as I’m concerned that whatever causes your strange thinking and writing may be communicable through intercourse.

Classified 7:56 am 28 Jun 11

Violet68 said :

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Violet68 said :

Classified said :

I for one hope they lock this filthy scumbag away for a long time. He’s clearly a criminal with zero regard for the community.

How will locking him away from community = to his being socially connected with a positive regard for community and ability to assimilate when he is released? I like the ideas previously mentioned of making him accountable for the protection of historical sites – financially and physically. Maybe (and yes it is a maybe) he would respond to the opportunity of becoming a “valued” member of the community rather than an outcast. I can’t see how segregating people who are already so disconnected from community will make them friends rather than foe.

The guy is a known thief, having stolen cars and other stuff. He already has a substantial criminal record.

Locking him away is not about helping him become a productive member of the community. It’s about protecting the community from someone who is clearly a criminal scumbag. Don’t forget, this guy has been in front on the judiciary before and has already been given second chances. He has now blown these chances, and it’s time for him to be removed from society.

I can see what you are saying and I agree that vandalism is a thoughtless, selfish act (and in this case the damage can never be undone) but I doubt removing this person from society is going to address any of the issues he clearly has. They can’t keep people locked up forever, so while the community will be protected from this particular person for “awhile”, they won’t be in the long term.

There are plenty of others with similar world views to him too. It worries me that we expect prisons to be the only way of protecting our community rather than addressing some of the inequality and disadvantage that has become the norm.

Maybe we could stick them all on boats and send them off to another terra nullius?

You make a sensible point. I guess I’m just getting sick of people being allowed to reoffend over and over and over without any seemingly useful consequences.

There’s no way a normal citizen does things like this, and I think we need a ‘carrot and stick’ type approach. Carrots are good to encourage people to clean up their act and get themselves sorted, but there still needs to be some stick for those who won’t try.

fgzk 7:00 am 28 Jun 11

The courts decide if he is mad bad or sad.

While we are making assumptions about “people’s” motivations. If he was an idiot and woke up every morning to RA, he might have a very good reason to trash Canberra’s grave stones. Maybe he got angry at the constant disrespect of his dead friends, thought “FUA” and then systematically destroyed memorials to dead people. Whilst I would not condone the destruction of property, Id support this motivation as an expression of a legitimate feeling. FU and your ancestors.

LSWCHP 10:17 pm 27 Jun 11

NickD said :

Probably worth noting that whoever did this is unlikely to have been in their right mind at the time, for whatever reason. Nobody gets up in the morning with a clear head and decides to spend a large chunk of their night systematically destroying a graveyard. Some combination of better mental health and drug rehabilitation services would be better at stopping this kind of thing than Tough Laws Against Crime (if you’re loony, then you’re not going to be considering whatever’s on the statute books before doing stuff).

I disagree. I think that there are people who wake up in the morning with a perfectly clear head, and think it would be a helluva lot of fun to go around around and smash up a graveyard. I don’t think we can attribute all the crap we see happening in our town to mental illness.

I drove down Baldwin drive on the weekend, and a large sign that had been put up by some real estate people had been tipped over and smashed. Regardless of what you think about real estate people, their attempt at working honestly to serve their customers had been trashed, and I don’t think that was attributable to mental illness.

So yeah, some of this stuff is due to mentally ill people who need help. But I believe a lot of it is caused by people who could best be described as evildoers, and who wreak their havoc simply because they enjoy it.

My personal opinion is that the hoodlum who perpetrated this obscenity did so because he thought it looked like a bit of fun, and he didn’t think he’d be caught.

Henry82 9:10 pm 27 Jun 11

Violet68 said :

It worries me that we expect prisons to be the only way of protecting our community rather than addressing some of the inequality and disadvantage that has become the norm.

If it was food theft in order to survive, that argument might be valid. But this is stealing cars for joyriding and damaging public property.

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