Criminal past haunts ex-cop
NEARLY 20 years after he held a female court staffer at knifepoint, former policeman and armed robber Wayne Noel Maddeford can’t shake his past.
Maddeford, 51, yesterday pleaded guilty to two dishonesty charges, for failing to disclose full details of his colourful past in two job applications.
He admitted he gave inaccurate information when applying for jobs with a Kilburn company in April 2014 and for a position with Playford Council between August and September 2015. In two years from August 1997, Maddeford, pic- tured, fell from uniformed policeman to convicted armed robber then infamy as the prisoner who shut down the District Court for five hours with a knife to the throat of a female stenographer in the Samuel Way Building.
Yesterday’s short court hearing prompted a less-dramatic standoff between Maddeford and media crews waiting in vain in the stifling heat outside court.
But unlike his 1997 robbery – labelled “inept and ridiculous” by his own lawyer – Maddeford pulled off a cunning escape and eluded the cameras outside Adelaide Magistrates Court.
After speaking briefly with his barrister Eugene McGee, Maddeford sat down on a chair outside the courtroom.
A five-hour wait ended when it was discovered Maddeford had slipped the net by swapping his slacks and business shirt to a long coat, hat and sunglasses about four hours prior.
Maddeford remained on continuing bail ahead of sentencing submissions in the District Court early next year.
He was quickly caught after fleeing the former John Martin’s department store with $12,000 in August 1997. His lawyer, future Supreme Court judge Ann Vanstone, told the court Maddeford was not mentally competent at the time.
She claimed Maddeford’s getaway plan of parking his car with a Club Lock on nearly 2km from the crime scene, and running through crowds of University of Adelaide stu- dents were proof he was suffering mental illness.
She said a police officer of rational mind would have done a far better job.
However, District Court Judge Michael David ruled Maddeford was mentally competent and that he could not grant a lesser sentence to an inept robber than a skilful one.
On the morning of his September 1999 sentence, which Judge David refused to suspend, Maddeford jumped the District Court dock.
He then threatened to cut the throat of a stenographer with a large knife he smuggled into his sentencing hearing.
Maddeford – who had been ordered to serve six years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 2 ½ years for armed robbery – leapt out of the dock wielding a 12cm-long kitchen knife he had hidden up his sleeve.
The case sparked a political controversy and led to law changes that gave Sheriff’s officers the power to use metal scanners, after Maddeford used his then-legal right to refuse being searched as he entered the dock.
He threatened to kill the woman before releasing her at the urging of his family.
Having served his sentences for his past crimes long ago, Maddeford’s lawyers will ask that he receives a suspended prison term for the job fraud offences.