Julian Knight Should Have Received Life Without Parole Essay

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SUMMARY OF EVENTS

Julian Knight was responsible for one of Victoria's worst mass shootings, the Hoddle street massacre. To grasp why Knight committed the crime, we first must delve back into his past. Julian Knight was born on the 4th of March, 1968. Julian was the eldest of three children. He was adopted by a family with strong military ties. Knight's family were often moving, until in 1978 they settled in Laverton, Victoria. Despite his IQ of 132, which put him in the top 3 percentile of the population, he struggled in school. At the age of 19, Julian successfully joined the Army, and commenced training at Duntroon. Julian had been obsessed with the military and guns and often fantasised about killing in combat. However, Julian
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The Magistrates court has many sub-divisions. These include: Criminal, Civil and Children's Courts. As Julian Knight was alleged to have committed a criminal offence, his case was heard in the criminal division of the Magistrates Court. The role of the Magistrates court for serious crimes such as murder, is to determine if there is enough evidence for the accused to stand trial. Following the hearing, Julian Knight was remanded in custody to appear again in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on the 17th of August to set a trial date for a Supreme Court hearing.

SUPREME COURT

Once Julian Knight was committed, he was ordered to stand trial in Victoria's Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has two divisions, the Trial division and the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Courts' Trial division hears serious indictable offences, such as murder and manslaughter. Julian Knight was tried before an empanelled jury and the Judge. Julian Knight was sentenced in Court 4 of the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, on Thursday the 10th November 1988. The judge presiding over the case was Justice George Hampel.

Q2 THE STAGE OF PROCEEDINGS. FOR EXAMPLE, IS IT AN ARREST, BAIL APPLICATION, COMMITTAL HEARING, TRIAL, APPEAL, SENTENCING. EXPLAIN THE STAGE OF CRIMINAL PROCESS.

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