So the ‘insouciant’ Craig Thomson has no regrets, no shame and no contrition. He is appealing the three-month jail term (with nine months suspended sentence).
Thomson should be very careful – appeal judges do not usually take lightly prisoners who behave arrogantly and show no remorse. He may find that the sentence is substantially increased. Why should a guilty person who does not accept that he has committed a crime be released early?
Thomson may maintain his innocence, but he agreed to repay $24,538.42 to the HSU. The Magistrate, Charlie Rozencwajg, described Thomson’s actions as ‘blatant dishonesty’ and Thomson acting with ‘brazen arrogance and a sense of entitlement’.
Perhaps Thomson may end up enjoying the facilities at the local jail somewhat longer than three months? His sense of entitlement might not be appreciated by his fellow inmates.