Another win for Western Australia’s system of justice: the sad case of a mentally-impaired Aboriginal man named Marlon Noble.
After ten years without a trial for a crime he may well not have committed, he’s finally been released from prison – with onerous conditions.
For a bit of background, the ABC’s Law Report reported on Marlon’s sad story back in March last year. Here’s Marlon’s lawyer describing his plight:
He is in custody, now going into his tenth year, because he’s intellectually impaired. This whole process was designed initially to protect an intellectually impaired person from an unfair trial, and I think, to put it bluntly, you’d rather have an unfair trial and be convicted and sentenced to five years, than be protected from an unfair trial and be kept in prison for ten years.
Marlon’s eventual release does not square the books. He was not in a mental health facility – he was in prison. For a crime for which he was never found guilty and of which he may well have been innocent, and for which if he had been guilty it seems very likely he would have received a vastly shorter sentence in prison.
And it doesn’t appear that WA has any intention of actually changing the system that led to this massive injustice.