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01/06/2009 06:12 PM ID: 76029 Permalink   

Australian Driver Threatened With Prison Rape

 

A 19-year-old male has been charged with driving without a licence, failing to stop at a police check point and dangerous driving. He was barred from driving until 2013, given 150 hours of community work and put on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

Magistrate Brian Maloney of Sydney's Downing Centre Court further threatened: "You'll find big, ugly, hairy strong men (in jail) who've got faces only a mother could love that will pay a lot of attention to you - and your anatomy".

It was the third time the teenager had appeared before the courts for driving offences. Sydney's The Telegraph has reported the situation to be "Out of control" regarding a recent exposé on four teens. Apparently, "Road safety has become a war zone".

 
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  13 Comments
  
  Sounds like  
 
Mad Max is becoming a reality.
 
  by: aaxel21   01/06/2009 06:30 PM     
  @aaxel21  
 
lol! though even scarier for featuring a young mel gibson...
 
  by: rcavi     01/06/2009 06:34 PM     
  I find a magistrate threatening someone....  
 
like that to be akin to complicity to the act. Very sick.
 
  by: valkyrie123     01/06/2009 06:51 PM     
  Wow  
 
He doesn't even try to pretend that prison rape is a problem, much less illegal.
 
  by: Ben_Reilly     01/06/2009 07:13 PM     
  What?  
 
So chicks getting raped is horrible, but using rape on a guy is ok. I like how this works. If chicks were getting raped in jail there would be all kinds of people up in arms. Guys getting raped in prison and its used to tell people why they shouldn't go there.
 
  by: qwerty017   01/06/2009 08:18 PM     
  This guy...  
 
In Australia is getting praised as a hero, i think his comments won't serve as a deterrent but as ammunition for defense cases. If a judge accepts and even threatens a defendant with consequences of going to prison being rape that means he is condoning or allowing people to go through significant psychological /physical trauma as part of there punishment. If this really is the reality of the prison system in Australia then more time and resources need to go into ensuring that sexually based crimes are not build into the culture within prisons, prison should be more about rehabilitation and less about being a place to store people until there sentence is up.

I understand by the very nature of the prison system they are places filled with criminals but people that commit non violent, non sexual crimes should be in a place that is more akin to a boarding school with significant rehabilitation programs and programs designed to prevent re-offending. For legal studies i went to a minimum security prison, there were no cells just cabins, based on there behavior and extra curricular activities they were rewarded with extra privileges, towards the end of there sentence they would be moved to a halfway house on the outskirts of the prison facility which had no walls or guards, the could come and go as they please(i think they had a curfue), they were inched back into society and heavily monitored, not just chucked back in with no money and hope for the best.
 
  by: shiftyfarker   01/06/2009 10:43 PM     
  @shifty  
 
It is pretty hard to go to jail in Australia, you are given a lot of chances, the judge is trying to scare the kid because the only other option is to send him to jail. he is a repeat offender, already broken a good behaviour bond and he ran from police.

its not that bad in Aussie jails anyway, but the media likes to blur our prison system with the harsher american system as it makes for better articles. plus probably keeps some of the population scared straight.

I have friends that go in and out of prison (once you have been once they're not worried about sending you back, and a lot of people get weekend detention like this kid would get if he did get time)any sex they have is essentially consensual (although it might be a matter of necessity and they wouldn't if they had another option to get off)
 
  by: veya_victaous     01/07/2009 12:26 AM     
  I know from my observation..  
 
and understanding of the prison system in Australia that it is not particularly bad. My point was that painting a picture like the magistrate did could be used as a tool by a defendant to avoid prison. Also now that this has gotten global attention it gives the Australian population the image that this is what actually happens and as a result it would be less likely for jurors to convict a criminal knowing that his/her punishment might be more that imprisonment.

The media does not need any help painting a ratings related distorted picture of Australia and the magistrate should know better. I understand when you commit a crime you must accept punishment but i am sick of the Australian government using violent or gruesome imagery to try to make people conform ie, alcohol ads, smoking ads, domestic violence ads, speeding ads, drug use ads. these have been going on for years and i haven't heard of any progress and believe me if there was any they would be shouting there success from the tallest building all they give us are half assed statistics that could represent ever side of an argument.
 
  by: shiftyfarker   01/07/2009 12:42 AM     
  Sex in prison...  
 
I think it was a scare tactic from the Magistrate. Hope the dude isn't gay 'cause he might be disappointed if he didn't get raped as promised!
 
  by: aysos   01/07/2009 02:11 PM     
  Well...  
 
Given the blunt nature of the comment, the generally realistic attitude of Australian law as opposed to our pathetic cuddle-the-criminal methods, and the age of the offender I'm very much inclined to believe this was a scare tactic, and a good one.

I'd rather a judge scared me with something like that than I ended up dead in a car crash, and that 10 years later when I've matured enough to realise what a tw*t I was I can look back and say 'phew - at least I didn't end up in prison'.

Personally I believe that tactics like this serve better than the methods we use in the UK, where the only scare-tactics they use are half-hearted and done in the most patronising way. We also coddle criminals and demand no reparations to the victims.
 
  by: chiffington   01/07/2009 04:56 PM     
  Hey  
 
what ever works I guess.
 
  by: rogeratvfan   01/07/2009 05:43 PM     
  @aysos  
 
"Hope the dude isn't gay 'cause he might be disappointed if he didn't get raped as promised!"

By definition of the word rape it is an undesirable sexual act, so to use the word correctly it is always a unwanted regardless of orientation.
 
  by: doodadood   01/08/2009 01:38 AM     
  .  
 
I was arrested for prank knocking on people's doors and the cop was laughing it up saying "Let's take him downtown where he's gonna get raped by monkeys." Cops crazy assholes? Never . . .
 
  by: illfigja   01/08/2009 10:12 PM     
 
 
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