Sunday, March 1, 2020

brazen Queensland mall killer sentenced 12 years & 3 months

Robina Town Centre is a large shopping centre in the suburb of Robina, Queensland.  The place earlier known as Kerrydale was acquired and promoted by Singaporean real estate developer Robin Loh.

In criminology, examining why people commit crime is very important in the ongoing debate of how crime should be handled and prevented. The occurrence of a crime depends on two things: the presence of at least one motivated offender who is ready or willing to engage in a crime, and the conditions of the environment in which that offender is situated, to wit, opportunities for crime. All crimes require opportunity but not every opportunity is followed by crime.  All crimes have a motive is oft repeated cliché. A motive, in law, especially criminal law, is the cause that moves people to induce a certain action. Motive, in itself, is not an element of any given crime; however, the legal system typically allows motive to be proven in order to make plausible the reasons of the accused for committing a crime, at least when those motives may be obscure or hard to identify with.

Then most killers know their victims and plan to execute the crime. Generally disgruntled affairs, property disputes, jealousy, family squabble, public squabble, political rivalry, crime and more are given as reasons for murders.  Rarely, (that too in Western Countries) – there are random killings, killing with the 'thrill' of taking a human life.  In the interesting ‘The King of Torts’  of  John Grisham, the hero  takes on the case of Tequila Watson, a man accused of a random street killing. 

Downunder in Queensland, a man dropped a $10 note at a shopping centre. A passing Good Samaritan picked it up and innocently handed it back. He never knew  that the money fell out because the man, a Mongols bikie named Mark James Graham,  had just drawn a gun from his bum bag ~ worser still, he never knew that he was in the middle of a bikie stand-off. That was April 28, 2012. Today,  Courier Mail reports that Graham, 28, was jailed for 12 years and three months for gunning down an innocent woman during a fight with a rival at a packed Gold Coast chopping centre.

The report further adds that Graham showed little emotion as he sat in the prisoner’s dock in the Supreme Court at Brisbane for sentencing. His hair was recently shaved, revealing tattoos on his head, as well as those already visible on his face that read “carnage”, “revenge” and the bikie tag “1%”.  Graham was taken into custody on September 30 when a jury found him guilty of the attempted murder of ex-Bandido Jacques Teamo and the unlawful wounding of shopper Kathy Devitt when he opened fire at the crowded Robina Town Centre at 1.46pm on April 28, 2012.

Justice Alan Wilson jailed Graham for 12 years and three months for the “brazen” and “shocking” shooting. He sentenced Graham to a further seven years for unlawful wounding and 18-months for the unlawful possession of a hand gun. Justice Wilson said it remained a mystery why Mr Teamo armed himself with a knife and Graham with a handgun to go shopping with their respective families.  “When you saw each other, neither the presence of family nor of large numbers of innocent bystanders, discouraged you from a confrontation which resulted in Teamo and Ms Kathy Devitt, a person unknown to you, being shot,” he said.

 “What you did with that weapon shattered the peace of a place in which citizens generally feel safe as they go about their leisurely business, confident that acts of extreme violence are remote and highly improbable,” he said. “Your conduct exposed a large number of people to a real and present but also alien and entirely unexpected danger.” Justice Wilson was critical of Graham’s expressions of remorse, adding they had only been expressed after he was convicted by a jury. Down under, sentences above 10 years automatically attract a serious violent offender declaration, where the prisoner must serve at least 80 per cent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

Graham was a former member of the Finks MC before patching over to the Mongols last year. Graham was on the Gold Coast to visit family and celebrate his daughter’s birthday when he had a “chance encounter” with Mr Teamo that quickly escalated outside the Sony store on the second level of the Robina shopping complex. CCTV showed the two men facing-off before they were interrupted by a Good Samaritan who innocently handed Graham a $10 note that he inadvertently dropped, probably while he pulled a gun from his bum bag.

The Mongols Motorcycle Club, sometimes called the Mongol Nation  is a outlaw motorcycle club and alleged organized crime syndicate. The club is headquartered in southern California.  The Finks is an Australian outlaw motorcycle club.  It is stated that in Oct 2013, Flinks MC decided to patch over to Mongols MC.

Brazen to read about such killings and thankfully such things are not reported to occur in India.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

3rd Nov. 2014.

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