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Message started by dreadman on 24. Mar 2017 at 13:02

Title: Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial to be charged
Post by dreadman on 24. Mar 2017 at 13:02

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THE unlicensed security guard seen walking through Melbourne’s Bourke Street mall openly carrying a gun in the days after January’s deadly car rampage has been named as Aaron Purvis.

The former Victorian Football League player is expected to be charged with possessing a firearm after images emerged of him wearing tactical gear, armed with a handgun walking through the mall as people mourned victims of the attack five days earlier.

Mr Purvis was sacked from his job as a security guard last year after failing to show up for shifts, The Age reports.

His Facebook page shows a number of selfies and a quote saying: “When life gives you lemons, ask for something higher in protein.”

Images of Mr Purvis made headlines on Tuesday as they revealed he was able to walk freely and even visit a memorial while heavily armed.

He has been interviewed by Victoria Police about performing security work while unlicensed. The private security business he was working for is also being investigated.

“The company in question was the holder of a corporate firearm licence and private security business licence,” a police statement released on Wednesday said.

“Both of these licences have been suspended and investigations are ongoing.”

Victoria Police said private security businesses are responsible for ensuring any individuals they employ are the holders of appropriately endorsed and valid licences.

Businesses who fail to do so could face charges,” a police statement said.

Six people died in the wake of the January 20 Bourke St rampage.

Police said investigations into the unlicensed guard are ongoing.


Source:http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/crime/unlicensed-security-guard-who-carried-gun-to-bourke-street-memorial-to-be-charged/news-story/5d89b905e1765926a07fbd40d1a609d4

Title: Re: Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial to be charged
Post by Jimi Morkel on 26. Apr 2017 at 12:19
oh.. it is really scary

Title: Re: Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial to be charged
Post by Warlord on 04. Dec 2017 at 13:34
I'm surprised no-one has posted an update on this.

http://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/fake-melbourne-security-guard-cries-as-hes-jailed/news-story/f0033ad83b4f89942b90732991c25bc6

https://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/11/21/16/28/melbourne-unlicensed-armed-guard-jailed

Title: Re: Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial to be charged
Post by Major Function on 10. Dec 2017 at 07:36
Jimi, on serious side this bloke has taken jobs away from a licenced guard who has done the right thing. Now why didn't any of the police stop him, is it because they all presumed he was suppose to be there. No visual ID on  an armed man walking around a street full of uniformed police. Even the Tactical Response Groups have identification. His security company needs a kick in the arse too.

Title: Re: Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial to be charged
Post by Warlord on 13. Dec 2017 at 08:41

Major Function wrote on 10. Dec 2017 at 07:36:
Jimi, on serious side this bloke has taken jobs away from a licenced guard who has done the right thing. Now why didn't any of the police stop him, is it because they all presumed he was suppose to be there. No visual ID on  an armed man walking around a street full of uniformed police. Even the Tactical Response Groups have identification. His security company needs a kick in the arse too.

Security 'companies'. He was working for two, trust me they're feeling the pain.

Title: Re: Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial to be charged
Post by Chowskis on 23. Dec 2017 at 23:12
You think so? Were they fined? I mean, that's just crazy that this can happen.

Title: Re: Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial to be charged
Post by Administrator on 22. Feb 2018 at 09:36
Update on this story: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/bourke-street-armed-guard-likely-to-escape-jail-term/news-story/c0e5efbda3281dcbc5641ef9029256da


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A young man will likely avoid a 12-month prison sentence after being discovered posing as a security guard and carrying a gun near a memorial for Melbourne’s fatal Bourke Street rampage.

Aaron John Purves, 27, wept as magistrate David Starvaggi jailed him for 12 months in November over his “complete charade”.

However, the former VFL player was bailed within an hour of being taken into custody as his lawyer Michael Kuzilny lodged an appeal against the sentence. The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told Purves’ security guard and gun licences had expired in 2015 before he applied for work as a cash in-transit guard. Because he didn’t have the $3000 needed to renew his licences, he fudged his documents, changing the 2015 expiry date to 2018.

Today in the County Court of Victoria, Mr Kuzilny said Purves has had more than 12 months to “reflect on this idiotic stupidity”.

He said on the day of the memorial, Purves was spotted and captured on camera by a photographer, with the image being distributed across the world. Purves was dressed in tactical gear with a gun just days after the January 2017 fatal rampage.

But Mr Kuzilny said Purves was only attending the memorial “to show respect” and admitted his behaviour was “completely silly”.

Judge Michael Tinny said the offending was “undoubtedly serious”, but the “vice” was in altering the documents to get employment.

He said he didn’t want to conflate the events of the Bourke Street tragedy with Purves’ offending.

Judge Tinney ordered Purves be assessed for a community corrections order as a possible alternative to the prison sentence.

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