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Not Me - Killer Arrow

From the Herald Sun of Australia.  On the Good list because he's the victim of a crime and on the Bad list because he's a pot head.

Mobile saves man from killer arrow

By Suzanne Klotz
September 6, 2004

A MOBILE phone carried in a shirt pocket saved a man's life when it stopped a crossbow arrow fired by a drug dealer, a court heard today.

Michael Brown escaped with nothing more than an injured finger in the attack outside Ipswich, west of Brisbane, on December 16, 2002, the Supreme Court was told.

Prosecutor Tim Ryan said Brown, 33, was targeted by Robert Troy Scanlon, who believed him to be a police operative.

Scanlon, 31, was sentenced to 12 years' jail by Justice Phil McMurdo after pleading guilty to attempted murder and drug possession.

Mr Ryan said Brown had approached Scanlon for 10 pounds of marijuana, but had bought only an ounce, returning a second time to purchase another ounce.

Scanlon threatened Brown that he would kill him if he turned out to be a police informant, Mr Ryan said.

The court heard Scanlon planned the attack on Brown, buying the crossbow at an archery store and practising before hiding it in bushland north of Ipswich.

Scanlon lured Brown to the spot at night and fired the arrow, but it became lodged in his mobile phone and he fled.

Defence barrister Sean Barry denied Scanlon had tried to kill Brown because he thought he was a police informant.

But Mr Barry told the court he was not able to say what Scanlon's motive had been.

He said his client, although not normally a drug dealer, had been approached by Brown for drugs at his work as a spray painter in Ipswich.

Justice McMurdo said he took into account that Scanlon did not initiate the drug deal.