June 24, 2013

Police v MH: Violence offence charges

Key Words: Larceny – section 117 Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) – receiving stolen property, furnish false statement – plea of guilty – no conviction bond – section 10 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW).

Facts:

MH was charged that she did, over a period of approximately 2 months, commit offences of dishonesty including stealing from shops and series of offences passing off stolen goods as her own.  MH pleaded guilty to the charges.

Upon sentencing, a great deal of material was placed before the Court in relation to MH’s psychological condition and the impact of that condition on the commission of offences.

Outcome:

Upon hearing submissions and considering the material before the Court, the Magistrate imposed a good behaviour bond for a period of 18 months pursuant to the provision of section 10(1)(b) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.

The effect of this position was that MH was not convicted of the offences to which he had pleaded guilty.

Testimonial:

“Dear Peter, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me, I knew you would be the man for the job!” MH