From the voices in my head..... Don't confuse it with the voices in your head.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Impersonating a Vietnam veteran - Guilty
elderly Queenslander who pretended to be a Vietnam veteran on Anzac
Day needs psychological treatment, a magistrate says.
Anthony Hines, 69, was found guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court
on Wednesday of falsely representing a returned serviceman during an
Anzac Day march in Brisbane last year.
Gold Coast man, who was also found guilty of improperly wearing
service decorations, was fined $500 and placed on probation.
man told police he was part of a "deep cover" clandestine
unit in Vietnam, however, records showed he only served in the
Citizen Military Forces, the equivalent of the Army Reserve, and
there was no record of him receiving medals.
sentencing Hines, Chief Magistrate Brendan Butler said the maximum
penalty for the offence had been increased in 2003 to a $3300 fine
and/or six months imprisonment.
said Hines' offence was serious, but his elaborate story and his lack
of remorse indicated there were psychological issues that needed
placed him on 12-months' probation and a two-year good behaviour
sacrifices of those who have served, men and women who have given of
their lives ... in the defence of our nation's values is held in the
highest respect by the Australian people," Mr Butler said.
falsely claim that distinction is of the highest disrespect to those
who have served and it strikes at what we hold dear as Australian