JULIE AND DAVE
Dave and Julie are friends. Julie is 4'10" tall and very thin but she is a ferocious
fighter. They planned to steal money from anyone who came to withdraw cash
from the ATM next to Woolworths. They put their plan into action when a man
withdrew what looked like a large sum. He walked to a public bench, sat, put his
money away in his wallet and put his wallet in a shopping bag next to him on the
bench. He started reading a newspaper. Dave sat next to the man on the bench
and slowly eased the shopping bag away. The man noticed nothing until the edge
of the bag that was caught under his leg tugged slightly. Dave ran with the bag,
the man grabbed at him and Dave tried to pull away. The man was strong and
hung on to Dave as Dave staggered away. When Dave managed to break free the
man fell heavily onto the pavement and bruised his shoulder.
As planned, Julie watched these events unfold as she walked slowly along the
pavement pretending to be a bystander. She carried Dave's umbrella in case she
needed it and was just about to intervene to help Dave when he broke free and
ran away with the wallet. Julie feigned innocence and helped the man to his feet
until others came to help.
At 2am the following morning Julie and Dave were cold with nowhere to go. Dave
invited Julie to his step mother's house. They climbed in an unlocked window in a
shed that his step mother hardly ever went into at the back of the property. Dave
said it was ok because his step mother had said for him to visit her whenever he
liked. Dave and Julie stayed in the shed until dawn and then went to leave. Before
she climbed back through the window Julie grabbed a torch from the shed and
used it to light their way out onto the street again. When the sun came up she
threw the torch away.
Please advise the DPP which offences Dave and Julie could be charged with.
Consider Julie's situation. She has been convicted twice before under
s401(2) of the Criminal Code.