Obituary / Former Canberra Magistrate dies

Share Canberra's trusted news:

FORMER Canberra Magistrate and rugby enthusiast Shane Godfrey Madden has died. 

He passed away on Friday, November 23, and is survived by his wife Katie and sons David, Peter and Phillip.

Shane served as a Magistrate from December 1996 until his retirement in July, 2009. He was the coroner on duty when the failed implosion of the Royal Canberra Hospital killed schoolgirl Katie Bender on Sunday, July 13, 1997. He was the ACT’s first Children’s Court Magistrate (from 1999), and also the inaugural Circle Sentencing Magistrate.

Prior to his work at the Magistrates’ Court, he worked at the director of Public Prosecutions Office when it was still a part of the Commonwealth DPP, and he was part of the senior leadership team when the ACT DPP was formed under inaugural director, Ken Crispin QC in 1991.

The ACT Law Society is saddened to hear of Shane’s death saying he was known as a thoroughly decent, fair minded magistrate who showed compassion and respect for Aboriginal offenders and their elders, and who was patient with and welcoming of younger practitioners.

As a life member of the Brumbies club, the Plus500 Brumbies, and the ACT & SNSW rugby community, were also saddened to hear of his passing.

Shane, who was granted Life Membership in 2008, was well known in in the local rugby community having officiated as an ACT Rugby referee in more than 300 games from the years 1987 to 2006 in the lower grades of the ACT senior competitions, as well as at schoolboys, juniors and women’s tournaments.

Shane was a level 1 certified referee coach with the Australian Rugby Union and was a member, and later chairman, of the ACTRU Judiciary from 1987 until 2009. Shane was also chairman of the Brumbies Disciplinary Committee from 1999 to 2009.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleTruck struck Kambah with significant damage
Next articleCartoon / Dose of Dorin

Leave a Reply