Tuesday, May 15, 2018

An Outrage

One can only shake one's head in despair when reading a story like this. Drunk and drugged, two women assault two paramedics to the point where two years later one still can't work because of his physical injuries and this is the sentence handed out. The government will be most unhappy as the 'soft on crime' brigade and the opposition party come out braying. From The Age.

Amanda Warren and Caris Underwood, who in 2016 attacked the paramedics in Reservoir after a day-long binge on bourbon, champagne and cannabis, were last year jailed by a magistrate for eight months and four months respectively.
But the pair immediately appealed against their sentences, and on Tuesday County Court judge Barbara Cotterell upheld the challenges and quashed the prison terms.
Warren, a 33-year-old mother of four, and Underwood, 20, had faced mandatory prison time under 2014 laws that required automatic jail time for people who assaulted emergency workers on duty but Judge Cotterell found special circumstances applied to both women.

The ruling brought little comfort to Mr Judd, who became emotional when it became clear the judge wasn’t going to send the women to prison.
Mr Judd, who has been a paramedic for 40 years, is yet to return to work after several bouts of surgery to mend serious foot fractures he suffered when he was repeatedly kicked as he and Ms Bentley were treating a drug-affected man, and Underwood and Warren took exception to being asked to step back.
Judge Cotterell said she felt sympathy for the paramedics, but was bound to consider the appeals on their merits.
‘‘Mr Judd, I wish there was more I could do for you,’’ the judge said after her ruling.
‘‘I can see from looking at your face that you feel a great injustice has been done, but I have to deal with what I have to deal with.’’
Warren and Underwood had done a lot to turn their lives around, Judge Cotterell said, and she had to consider their efforts to address mental-health and substance issues. Earlier, she said the paramedics could draw comfort from the women’s remorse and shame for their offending.
‘‘It’s probably no comfort to you,’’ the judge told Mr Judd, ‘‘but hopefully they can become useful members of the community.’’
Judge Cotterell ordered Warren serve a three-year community corrections order comprising 150 hours of unpaid work and treatment for drug, alcohol and mental-health problems.

20 comments:

  1. Our gutless justice system has no shame...has no conscience.

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    1. Lee, I should think the basic if you seriously injure someone to that extent, you go to gaol.

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  2. I caught sight of one of them on the news and she certainly didn't look remorseful!
    One set of rules interpreted differently!

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    1. Cathy, R tells me that in their past court appearances, they were very ugly with the court media outside.

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  3. I wish that the judges would explain their reasons more fully. Justice should not only be done, it should be seen to be done. It may have been the right decision this time - but it doesn't look like it.

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    1. EC, to be the devil's advocate, I think the judge did try. She certainly looked at their prospects and rehabilitation. I think what people want to see though is some serious punishment and deprivation of liberty is a very serious punishment. We all know what a farce community service is. Is it not odd that had they accepted their punishment it would have been much shorter and long ago they would have been out of gaol.

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  4. What a disgrace. By injuring paramedics you not only endanger their lives but also those who could have benefitted from the paramedics life saving skills. My daughter's life was saved twice last year by the prompt action of paramedics so I feel particularly strongly that the severest of sentences should be given out for attacks on our emergency services.

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    1. Maire, in theory gaol is what should happen according to legislation. Good to hear your paramedics respond quickly and effectively.

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  5. Remember the days when it was rare to see women drunk and behaving badly in public? Sigh.

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    1. Indeed I do River and it is a shame to see it now, but bad behaviour by men when drunk is far more common.

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  6. Bloody troglodytes, the pair of them need a good boot up the backside and to attend call-outs with ambos.

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    1. Jayne, not a bad idea. Send them out with crews and let them clean up some blood and guts on the street.

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  7. Naughty girls, I hope their ticking-off teaches them a lesson (like bloody hell it will).

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    1. In addition Cro, they were very lippy with the media when attending court many times.

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  8. It's hard to understand how Judges come to their conclusions sometimes. I don't think anyone was charged with anything when my nephew's wife was killed by the rogue bus, and it's pretty certain that the driver fell asleep..

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    1. Grace, has there been a coronial inquest yet?

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  9. Well, its always someone getting away with something else and the victims feeling outrage. I would too.

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    1. Strayer, it has led to a further tightening of legislation, which is not always a good thing to remove discretion from the judiciary.

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  10. When I hear about judgements like these I sometimes hope that the Justices concerned experience something similar to the victims and then reflect whether they still feel their decisions are appropriate.

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    1. Victor, I suppose that does happen at times. It would be interesting to see how they view such light punishments when they are the victims.

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