We are all grieved over the car attack in the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne. Debate has raged on my Facebook page about whether it is terrorism related or not. I have not entered into the debate as I have one simple question that I think Australian’s deserve to have answered, which I think is a bigger question than is this terrorism or not. First some background on the man who was driving the car. (Source: The Age, Sky News, Ninemsn)
Dimitrious ‘Jimmy’ Gargasoulas was well known to police. He was already facing charges, had been bailed by a bail justice last weekend, had bashed a 76 year old man on Wednesday (who apparently used to date Gargasoulas’s Mother) by setting a bible on fire and using the burning Holy Book to burn the man’s face and had stabbed his brother earlier yesterday, taking a female hostage, before the Bourke Street Mall attack.
He was also well known to Police for drug related issues, family violence assaults and has apparently an extensive history of family violence. According to the Age Newspaper, the Police were aware that his behaviour was growing more erratic and violent over the last few weeks. He had over the last week made violent threats and chilling predictions on Social Media. Some news outlets are saying that he also had a history of mental health issues.
Here is my question:
How was this man out on bail?
The judicial system has yet again let Australia down.
Let me tell you two stories that I have blogged about in the last 12 months that illustrate my point here. I quote from the blogs:
Today the front page of the Courier Mail carried the story of a man who, high on ICE, bashed his pregnant girlfriend until she became unconscious and then when she came to, he did it again. And get this. He was on a suspended sentence for domestic violence. So what message did the justice system just deliver to the beaten women of Australia. The female magistrate wished him well and set him free. HE WAS SET FREE. When is the justice system of Australia going to start siding with our vulnerable women? There are 2 women a week killed in our nation by the men who used to love them. Ten News tonight reported that Queensland police receive 350 domestic violence related calls for help every single day. This is not ok!!!! Be outraged Australia about the way we are allowing our women to be beaten and killed. The police seem powerless to help and the justice system seems to be a revolving door for offenders that get a slap on the wrist and released. It’s time we got as outraged about this as we did about a little Syrian boy who drowned on a beach in Turkey.
We were all horrified at news reports a couple of days ok coming out of Penrith where a man put a 10 month old baby on the floor of a shower and turned the hot water on. The man then went outside for a smoke. The baby is currently fighting for life in an induced coma with third degree burns to half his body. He also has bruising to his skull and jaw.
The cause:- the baby had thrown up.
So who is this man who would do such a thing?
I quote Laura Banks writing in the Daily Telegraph. (November 24th Page 2).
“Unemployed and living on welfare, the accused had recently resumed custody of his own son (not this baby) after the child was taken away by the Department of Corrective Services, which refused to comment on the case. It is understood that the man and baby were the only two home at the time of the incident on Sunday and that the man had been dating the baby’s mother for the last five months.
The court heard he had a long history of violence.
Court documents revealed that in the last five years he had been charged with six counts of common assault, two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two of occasioning grievous bodily harm and affray. He was handed a suspended sentence for a reckless wounding charge in 2012”.
Now two things come out of this for me.
1) I don’t know the chronology of these charges but if that all happened in the last five years you have to wonder why he wasn’t in jail and why the suspended sentence in 2012 wasn’t converted to a custodial sentence if any of these events occurred post 2012. Is this another example of the Judicial system failing the community, the police and may I even say Aussie kids?
When is our Justice system going to get tough on these long term violent offenders?
When is our Justice system going to put the needs of the community before the needs of repeat violent offenders?
Yesterday’s attack is just another example of something that should not have happened had the Judicial System in Australia owned a legal pair of gonads to actually make some tough decision on criminals. Unfortunately the Scales of Justice in Australia greatly favour the violent.
And that is not ok.
Anyway, that’s what I think,
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