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      The Offence of Indecent Assault
      Posted By , on May 15, 2022

      A groom has been found guilty of indecent assault involving one of his wife’s bridesmaids just two days before their wedding. Daniel Carney was found guilty four charges following an incident during his wedding festivities. The jury, made up of seven men and five women, delivered the verdicts after nine hours of deliberations. He was […]

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      Former NRL Star Brett Kenny Charged with Common Assault
      Posted By , on May 15, 2022

      Former NRL star Brett Kenny has been charged with common assault domestic violence after an incident on the NSW central coast. Officers attended the home of the Parramatta Eels legend after receiving a report of an altercation. He was arrested and taken to Wyong Police Station before he was formally charged and release. Complainant Known […]

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      The Offence of Police Pursuit in NSW
      Posted By , on May 8, 2022

      A man has been charged with the offence of police pursuit (Skye’s law) following a lengthy chase to the north of Sydney, NSW. Highway patrol officers attempted to stop the accused for a random breath test. However, the driver allegedly attempted to evade police. The pursuit continued for a lengthy period of time with the […]

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      How to Beat a Drug Driving Charge – Step by Step Guide
      Posted By , on May 8, 2022

      The question of how to beat a drug driving charge is one that criminal defence lawyers answer almost daily. This is unsurprising, given that losing your driver licence can have a significant impact. It may affect your employment as well as your ability to fulfil your personal commitments. There are two separate offences for ‘drug […]

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      Tennis Legend Boris Becker Sentenced to Jail for Fraud
      Posted By , on May 2, 2022

      Tennis great Boris Becker has been sentenced to jail for fraud charges after being found guilty of hiding over $4 million in assets. The six-time grand slam champion transferred money to two of his former partners after he had declared bankruptcy. The judge remarked that he had shown “no remorse” and did not accept his […]

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      Drug Supply Charges in NSW
      Posted By , on May 1, 2022

      Four people are facing drug supply charges in NSW after police uncovered an alleged crime syndicate. The investigation took approximately 9 months before it culminated in a number of arrests.  A number of search warrants were executed and an amount of cash was seized. Investigations into Supply Prohibited Drug Strike Force Crestreef was established in […]

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      Former Treasurer Troy Buswell Avoids Jail for Domestic Violence Charges

      Troy Buswell, the former West Australian Treasurer, has narrowly avoided jail for domestic violence charges. The 56-year-old was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment after pleading guilty partway through a trial after negotiations. He was also fined. The complainant was police officer Melissa Hankinson, who had been dating the former treasurer since November 2014 and married […]

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      The Offence of Manslaughter in NSW

      A drunk speeding driver who was sentenced to 15 years’ jail for the manslaughter of a teenager and a heavily pregnant woman with unborn twins and has had his sentence slashed. Richard Moananu appeared at the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal where he was re-sentenced to 12-and-a-half years with a non-parole period of 8 years […]

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      The Offence of Dishonestly Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception

      Three men have been charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception after allegedly claiming more than $1.3 million in NSW disaster and COVID-19 relief payments. Prosecutors laid a combined 57 fraud offences after a five-month investigation. A number of homes throughout western Sydney were searched by police with a number of items seized. The […]

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      The Offence of Sexual Intercourse with a Child in NSW

      A western Sydney man has been charged with sexual intercourse with a child after allegedly being caught by undercover police officers. Officers allege that they had been speaking to the 59-year-old online for a month before they arrested him at Liverpool. A search of a home was conducted with a number of electronic storage devices […]

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      William Tyrrell’s foster mother has been charged with giving false or misleading evidence to the NSW Crime Commission
      William Tyrell Foster Mother Charged with Giving False or Misleading Evidence to NSW Crime Commission

      William Tyrrell’s foster mother has been charged with giving false or misleading evidence to the NSW Crime Commission. The shock development follows both her and William Tyrell’s foster father being charged with assaulting a child in February this year. They both pleaded ‘not guilty’ and intend to defend the charge. In January, William Tyrell’s foster […]

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      Police Officer Who Travelled at 230km/hr Charged with Dangerous Driving

      A police officer has been charged with dangerous driving and reckless conduct endangering life, after he allegedly travelled up to 230km/h. Leading Senior Constable Bradley Beecroft was rushing to help an injured colleague who had been struck by a car on the side of a freeway. At the time, the severity of the colleague’s injuries […]

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      What is the Difference Between Civil and Criminal Law?

      Broadly speaking, there are two types of law in Australia with various differences, being criminal law and civil law. There are also similarities between the two types of law. When choosing a lawyer to represent you, it is crucial to determine whether they specialise in a particular area. Civil Law vs Criminal Law The main […]

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      Police Apply for AVO Against Jodi Gordon & Partner

      Police have applied for an apprehended domestic violence order (AVO) against Australian actress Jodi Gordon and her partner, Sebastian Blackler. It is the second time that police have applied for an AVO against Mr Blackler for the protection of Ms Gordon. The grounds for the applications allege that there is domestic violence occurring between the […]

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      No Jail for Woman Who Killed Daughter on Train Tracks

      A woman who killed her three-month old daughter by laying her on train tracks has avoided jail. Melissa Arbuckle was sentenced to a good behaviour bond by Justice Jane Dixon in the Supreme Court of Victoria. The 32-year-old veterinarian was handcuffed to a hospital bed for 18 days after her arrest but has not spent […]

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      Police Apply for AVO Against Delta Goodrem Stalker

      Police have applied for an apprehended violence order (AVO) against a fan of Delta Goodrem for the protection of her mother. James Joseph Lafferty has been ordered not to approach Lea Goodrem or contact her in any way unless it is through a lawyer, The 50-year-old has previously been convicted of stalking the Australian singer […]

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      The Offence of Dangerous Driving Causing Death

      A P-plate driver who killed two cyclists after falling asleep at the wheel has been found not guilty of dangerous driving causing death. Nicholas Parker was driving in northwest Sydney when the incident occurred. He appeared at Parramatta District Court and faced a judge-alone trial on those charges as well as charges of negligent driving […]

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      Male Nurse Granted Bail for Sexual Assault Charges Involving Heart Surgery Patients

      A male nurse has been granted bail for sexual assault charges at Liverpool Local Court. Ali Khamis Moh’d is alleged to have assaulted a patient at Norwest Private Hospital while she was recovering from heart surgery. He is also charged with sexual touching of two other patients, including a 67-year-old female. A surety agreed to […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains Why Tristan Sailor Was Found Not Guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault

      Former NRL player Tristan Sailor has been found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a woman. The jury took just one hour to make the unanimous decision. The incident occurred after a night out drinking alcohol in Sydney when the former Dragons player and a teammate attended an apartment in Wolli Creek with two […]

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      MP Gareth Ward Charged with Sexual Assault

      Gareth Ward, a current member of NSW parliament, has been charged with sexual assault over historical allegations. The Liberal MP is expected to fight the charges and has released a statement claiming he is innocent. It has created an issue for Premier Dominic Perrottet, who has called for Ward’s resignation. Should he resign, it will […]

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      Catholic Priest Found Guilty of Indecent Assault on Child

      A retired Catholic priest has been found guilty of indecent assault on a child over 40 years ago. Richard Doyle, who is now 85-years-old, has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 9 May. The complainant was aged between 6 years old and 10 years old when the offences occurred. Indecent Assault Charges […]

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      AFL player Andrew Lovett in Jail for Domestic Violence Charges

      Former AFL player Andrew Lovett has been sentenced to jail for domestic violence charges after pleading guilty to 24 offences. The offending ranged from February 2020 to December last year. The complainant in the case prepared a statement that was tendered to the court in the sentencing proceedings. Lovett was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, […]

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      Domestic Violence Offenders to be Electronically Tracked

      Domestic violence offenders are set to be electronically tracked after the federal government announced a $104 million funding package. Over half of the funding will go towards a program that will us technology checks to counter tracking and intrusion by domestic violence offenders. The reforms follow a trial in Tasmania that was deemed successful. Technology […]

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      The Offence of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent

      A former Australian boxing champion has been found guilty of sexual intercourse without consent. Marc Bargero claimed he only ‘sniffed’ a 15-year-old girl while she was sleeping, however a District Court judge did not accept his evidence. By contrast, the court found that the complainant was a ‘compelling’ witness. Bargero was granted bail for sexual […]

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      Is It Legal to Record a Phone Call in Australia?

      In Australia, it is against the law to record a private conversation without the consent of the other person. The Telecommunications Interception and Access Act 1979 makes it an offence to listen to a live phone call or call recording without the permission of one or both of the parties involved. It does not matter how you record the […]

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      Coercive Control to be Criminalised in NSW but Enforcement Concerns Remain

      The New South Wales government is expected to criminalise coercive control following a parliamentary inquiry. Supporters of the move have suggested that it will improve the safety and wellbeing of domestic violence complainants across NSW. However, questions remain about whether the laws will be enforced. There is also widespread concern amongst the community that the […]

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      Father of Former Police Minister Jailed for Dangerous Driving Causing Death

      The father of former NSW police minister Troy Grant has been jailed for dangerous driving causing death. The 72-year-old had claimed he was sleepwalking and his driving was involuntary. However, District court judge John Hatzistergos did not accept this and found him guilty of the offence after a trial. He has been jailed for three […]

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      Instagram Influencer Avoids Jail for High Range Drink Driving

      Instagram influencer Patricia Hadjia has narrowly avoided jail for high range drink driving after crashing into multiple cars and flipping the vehicle she was in. Following the accident, both herself and a passenger had to free themselves from the wreckage. She appeared at Waverley Local Court where she was sentenced to community service. High Range […]

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      William Tyrrell’s Foster Mother Facing New Common Assault Charge

      William Tyrrell’s foster mother is facing a new common assault charge. This follows her previously being charged with an assault on a child, along with her foster father. The foster parents cannot be named for legal reasons. The case will return to Hornsby Local Court on 29 April 2022. Common Assault Charges at Hornsby Local […]

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      Chinese Healer’s Conviction for Manslaughter Charge Overturned on Appeal

      A western Sydney Chinese healer has had his conviction for a manslaughter charge overturned on appeal. Hong Chi Xiao had previously been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for advising the parents of a young boy to stop their son’s insulin injections and instead rely on his “slapping therapy”. However, his appeal was allowed in the […]

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      Gel Blaster Laws NSW

      The law on gel blasters in NSW and wider Australia has been subject to much controversy in recent years. Many gel blasters look similar to real firearms, although they shoot small water-based pellets. They are due to be outlawed in Victoria, after a number of the recreational items were allegedly used during the commission of […]

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      Stuart MacGill Charged with Stalking and Intimidation

      Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill has been charged with stalking and intimidation of a Sydney bar owner. The 51-year-old, who was self-isolating on his court date, has pleaded not guilty and intends to defend the charge. Police have also applied for an apprehended violence order (AVO) for the protection of the complainant. A friend of […]

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      The Offence of Supplying Large Commercial Quantity of Drugs in NSW

      Police are looking to charge a man with the offence of supply large commercial quantity of drugs in NSW, after tradies found $44 million worth of ice and $1.1 million cash in a house. They have released a CCTV image of the man they are searching for. A strike force has also been established to […]

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      Delay in Sexual Touching Charges Against Sydney Man

      Questions are being asked after police took almost two years to lay sexual touching charges over an incident at a popular Sydney beach. A 23-year-old woman reported the allegations to police the same day of the incident in 2020. However, it took police until February 2022 to charge the accused. He was bail refused and […]

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      Mother Who Ran Over Daughter to Plead Guilty to Aggravated Dangerous Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm

      A mother who drove her vehicle over her own daughter while intoxicated is expected to plead guilty to the offence of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. The incident occurred in Caringbah in Sydney’s south. Dale Palmer was arrested after he daughter, Keely Palmer was trapped under the car after being dragged about 100 […]

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      Police Apply for AVO Against Husband of Melissa Caddick, Anthony Koletti, to protect ASIC investigator

      Police have applied for an apprehended violence order (AVO) against Anthony Koletti, husband of Melissa Caddick, to protect an ASIC investigator. The investigator, Isabella Allen, is leading the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigation into Mrs Caddick. The case is listed at Sydney’s Downing Centre Court House on 23 February 2022. Anthony Koletti AVO Mr […]

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      Richard Ayoub Charged with Defrauding Retirees of $2.8 Million

      American Richard Ayoub is facing fraud and proceeds of crime charges based on an alleged scam that duped retirees out of $2.8 million. The 53-year-old had his Supreme Court bail application refused with Justice Stephen Rothman finding he was an unacceptable flight risk. Prosecutors suggested that the money was not legitimate earnings from a business […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains Why Jarryd Hayne Sexual Assault Appeal Was Allowed

      Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has had his sexual assault appeal allowed and also been released on bail as he awaits a third trial. The 33-year-old’s criminal lawyers had argued that the Court of Criminal Appeal could have entered acquittals — however, the appeal decision did not go this far. The sexual assault allegations centred […]

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      Father Jailed for Commercial Quantity Drug Supply

      A father who pleaded guilty to commercial quantity drug supply has claimed he resorted to it after losing his highly paid job during Covid. Keith Anderson was caught by police after his ute packed with drugs was involved in a 160km/hr crash on the M1 north of Sydney. The father-of-three was sentenced to almost five […]

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      Sydney School Teacher Charged with Supply Prohibited Drug to Students

      A high school science teacher in Sydney has been charged with supply prohibited drug to her students. Lauren Russell worked at Lucas Heights High School as a science teacher and Year 11 welfare adviser. Police will allege that she also supplied cannabis to her students. The 42-year-old will appear at Sutherland Local Court on 9 […]

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      Banker Charged with Common Assault of Wife Inside Children’s Hospital

      A Sydney banker has been granted bail after being charged with common assault against his wife. Fredrik Blencke spent Christmas and New Year in jail for breaching his bail conditions and contravene AVO after he was charged with assaulting his wife Annabelle Price, 30, and contravening an apprehended violence order. But the 49-year-old was granted […]

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      Sexual Assault Sentencing Statistics

      The release of the latest sexual assault sentencing statistics have revealed that three out of four offenders received a jail term. The analysis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) assessed cases throughout Australia between 2010-11 and 2019-20. There was a total of 53,570 sexual assault offenders in that period. The average term of imprisonment […]

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      How To Get an AVO Dropped – Step by Step Guide

      A common situation faced by lawyers, Police and the Courts is when a defendant or complainant asks how to get an AVO dropped. Often the defendant and protected person will have resolved the situation. Or the anger and acrimony between them has subsided. Many people think that it is as simple as the complainant saying […]

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      Andrew O’Keefe Bail Application Refused Despite Self-Defence Claim

      Former television presenter Andrew O’Keefe has had a bail application refused for domestic violence charges, despite claiming he acted in self-defence. The court was told that he allegedly choked a woman who was forced to bite him on the arm to free herself. The former chair of the White Ribbon Foundation will remain behind bars […]

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      Financial Advisor Jailed for Dishonestly Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception

      A former financial advisor has been sentenced to jail for dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception after unlawfully giving clients early access to their superannuation funds. Ahmed Saad used his position as the sole director of a wealth management company to charge fees to clients, claiming he provided financial services to them. However, Australian Securities […]

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      Can a Lawyer Defend Someone Who is Guilty?

      One of the most common questions asked of the legal profession is, how can a criminal lawyer defend someone who is guilty? There appears to be view that a criminal defence lawyer uses technical arguments or legal loopholes to free persons who are ostensibly guilty of offences. Further, a prevailing view in the community is […]

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      Study Shows Assault Charges in Sydney Remained Stable After Lockout Laws

      A study into assault charges in Sydney has found that the introduction of lockout laws simply shifted the number of offences out of the CBD and into nearby suburbs. The study also showed that a decrease in assaults occurred after media reporting into alcohol fuelled violence, rather than the introduction of the laws. The Police […]

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      Rabbi Baruch Leifer Charged with Child Sexual Assault

      Rabbi Baruch Pinchas Leifer, the father-in-law of accused child sex abuser Malka Leifer, has been arrested for sexual assault of a child and a teenage boy in Israel. The allegations are historical in nature and one of the alleged victims is said to be a family member. The rabbi, who is in his 70s, vehemently […]

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      Police Officer Filmed Throwing Man Down During Lockdown Charged with Common Assault

      A police officer has finally been charged with common assault after being filmed throwing a man to the ground in September 2021. The incident occurred during the lockdown, when large anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination protests were taking place. The officer was suspended following the release of the footage on social media. Charged with Common Assault The […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains the Prince Andrew Sexual Assault Case

      The Prince Andrew sexual assault case will proceed after a judge refused his application to dismiss the proceedings. The case is centred around allegations that the Duke of York sexually assaulted a female when she was 17 years old. The complainant, Virginia Giuffre, had signed a deal in 2009 with Jeffrey Epstein. The 61-year-old’s lawyers […]

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      Couple Charged with Murder of Child Refuse Criminal Defence Lawyer

      A man charged with the murder of an 8-year-old child has refused a Magistrate’s offer for him to be represented by a criminal defence lawyer. Jason Richard Struhs, and his wife, Kerrie Elizabeth Struhs, appeared at Toowoomba Magistrates Court via video link. They had been bail refused and held in custody by police since the […]

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      How to Get a Section 10 for Mid-Range Drink Driving NSW

      If you have been charged by Police, you will likely be querying how to get a section 10 for mid-range drink driving in NSW. The prospect of attending Court, receiving a criminal conviction and losing your driving license can seem daunting. This can have consequences for your career as well as family responsibilities. While avoiding […]

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      NRL Player Curtis Scott Charged with Assault and Choking

      NRL player Curtis Scott has been charged with assault and choking after his former girlfriend made numerous domestic violence allegations. It has also been revealed that the NRL Integrity Unit were aware of the allegations 2 years prior to him being arrested. The 24-year-old is expected to defend the charges. Charged with Assault Curtis Scott […]

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      Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Guilty of Fraud Charges

      Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of now-defunct blood testing company Theranos has been found guilty of fraud charges after seven days of deliberations by a jury. Once regarded as a feminist icon, the verdict completed Holmes’ fall from grace. She had previously graced the covers of major magazines, headlined conferences, and was labelled the female Steve […]

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      Police Search Quotas Scrapped

      After community backlash, NSW Police search quotas have been scrapped along with targets for the use of move on powers. This follows significant increases in the quotas during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite crime detection falling. Both legal bodies and civil libertarians criticised the use of numerical goals to monitor performance across police regions and commands […]

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      Supreme Court Bail Application Granted for Multiple Domestic Violence Offences

      A man who is due to be sentenced for domestic violence charges has had his Supreme Court bail application granted. Tyler Rodney Barclay, is also charged with breach AVO involving another complainant and mid-range drink driving. However, the Supreme Court granted his application for release on the condition that he reside with his parents in […]

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      Former Australian Cricketer Makes Sexual Assault Allegations

      A former Australian cricketer has made sexual assault allegations dating back to a tour in the 1980s. At the time, the player was in the Australia under-19s squad. He claims the incident occurred on a tour of India and Sri Lanka when he was aged 18 years old. The complainant also claimed that his assailant […]

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      Man Charged with Drink Driving Twice in Same Day Sentenced at Cowra Local Court

      A 52-year-old man who was charged with drink driving twice in the same day has been sentenced at Cowra Local Court. Rodney John Hampton was charged with drive with middle range PCA, drive while suspended and drive with low range PCA. The two incidents both occurred on 12 September 2021. Stopped Twice on the Same […]

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      Supreme Court Bail Application NSW

      A Supreme Court bail application in New South Wales can only be made after a person has been refused bail in the Local Court. Bail is defined as a person being granted conditional liberty before their criminal charges have been finalised. Bail can be granted by either police or by a court. Supreme Court Powers […]

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      Australian State to Consider Electronic Monitoring of Domestic Violence Defendants

      An Australian State is considering whether those accused of domestic violence should be subjected to electronic monitoring. The Victorian Law Reform Commission is considering new measures for responding to stalking, including whether electronic monitoring will now be a mandatory condition of intervention orders. An intervention order in Victoria is similar to an apprehended violence order (AVO) […]

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      Gymnastics Coach Daniel Benson Charged with Sexual Assault

      Former NSW Gymnastics Coach of the Year Daniel Benson has been charged with sexual assault. Police began investigating the 55-year-old in October 2021. The sexual assault charges relate to four gymnasts he was coaching, aged 14 to 18 years old. The allegations were in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He has been refused bail […]

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      Electric scooter laws in NSW [Update 2022]

      Electric scooters are gaining popularity in Australia. Advances in technology mean that they are now capable of longer ranges, increased speeds, and shorter charging times. Specialist scooter stores such as Scooter Hut stock a wide range of scooters ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $4000. They are quiet, lightweight, environmentally friendly, and can […]

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      Man Has Drink Driving Charges Dismissed but Is Jailed for Perjury

      A man who was found not guilty to drink driving charges after giving false evidence has been jailed for perjury. Bernard Andrew Nash successfully sued NSW police after lying under oath during his drink driving case. However, ten years later the real estate agent was found guilty of two perjury charges. They related to false […]

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      Ex-AFL Star Facing 88 Domestic Violence Charges

      A former AFL star has been refused bail and faces 88 domestic violence charges against his police officer girlfriend. Andrew Lovett, who was a player for Essendon between 2005-2009, is accused of punching, spitting and threatening his partner over the course of 22 months. Court documents show the offences include assault, recklessly causing injury and […]

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      Michael Slater Contravene AVO Charge Attributed to Alcohol Addiction

      Former Australian Test cricketer Michael Slater has been charged with contravene AVO after allegedly sending his ex-partner numerous offensive texts and calls. The 51-year-old claimed to have “relapsed” into alcoholism when he appeared at Manly Local Court after being refused bail by police. The court ultimately granted bail on conditions akin to house arrest, with […]

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      False Sexual Assault Allegations

      A New South Wales police officer has been found guilty of perjury after supporting his wife’s false sexual assault allegations against her former partner. Scott John White gave evidence in support of Sarah Jane Parkinson, who was sentenced to jail after eventually she pleaded guilty to making a false statement. The officer will be sentenced […]

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      New Research Casts Doubt on Roadside Saliva Tests for Drive Under Influence (DUI) Cases

      New research has cast doubt on the accuracy of roadside saliva tests in drive under influence (DUI) cases. Police throughout the country use saliva-based tests for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active compound in cannabis. But researchers from the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative found that the levels of THC in a person’s system do not directly […]

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      Supreme Court Bail Application Granted for Large Commercial Quantity Drugs NSW

      Ashley Rake, an alleged bikie associate, has been granted Supreme Court bail for supplying a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs in NSW. The Sydney man’s family agreed to act as a surety and surrender $2 million. Mr Rake was one of the many people arrested following Operation Ironside. However, his bail application lawyers have argued […]

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      Mobile Phone Camera Locations [Update 2022]

      NSW Mobile Phone Detection Cameras Background of mobile phone detection cameras in NSW Mobile phone detection cameras were trialled in New South Wales between January and June 2019. The trial consisted of two fixed cameras and relocatable cameras which were moved approximately every 4 days. During that trial over 8.5 million vehicles were checked and […]

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      Multi-Millionaire Chris Nasser Vows to Fight AVO

      Multi-millionaire Chris Nasser has vowed to fight an AVO laid against him by police. Officers applied for an apprehended domestic violence order for the protection of his estranged wife, Hollie Nasser. The case is listed at Downing Centre Local Court in mid-December. AVO Applied for After Messy Separation Police applied for an AVO against Chris […]

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      Thousands of COVID Business Grants Stopped as Police Look at Fraud Charges

      Thousands of people have had their COVID business grants halted as police consider laying fraud charges against small business owners. Over $20 million of the payments have been identified as potentially fraudulent, leading Service NSW to request police assistance. The cessation of payments has led to outcry from small business owners, still reeling from the […]

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      Sydney Man Charged with Historical Sexual Assault After DNA Breakthrough

      A Sydney man has been charged with historical sexual assault following new DNA evidence. The investigation was into a number of sexual assaults over 15 years ago. Over that time, police had identified over 3,000 persons of interest before finally charging the 51-year old from Panania, in Sydney’s south-west. A number of the alleged victims […]

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      Conviction for Sexual Assault of ‘The Lovely Bones’ Author Alice Sebold Overturned

      A man who spent 16 years in jail after being accused by Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold of sexual assault has had his conviction overturned. Anthony Broadwater, who is now 61-years-old, always maintained his innocence. The overturning of the conviction was supported by prosecutors, who accepted that he should never have been found guilty. Broadwater […]

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      Backlash After Climate Activist Jailed for Stopping Coal Train

      A family who rose to fame on Instagram have defended the actions of their climate activist brother who climbed a train to disrupt the coal industry. Eric Serge Herbert, a 22-year-old from the Sunshine Coast, was jailed for his actions when he appeared at Newcastle Local Court. His triplet sisters Renee and Elisha Herbert have […]

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      Police Banned from Accessing QR Code Data

      New South Wales has banned Police from accessing QR Code Data after a spate of cases where it data was used to investigate crimes. The bill was championed by a number of politicians and successfully passed both houses of NSW parliament. Concerns were raised in a number of states which has led to legislation passing […]

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      Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of 92-Year-Old in Sydney

      A Sydney man will be sentenced to gaol after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a 92-year-old woman. Craig Anthony Wheatman broke into a house in Sydney’s inner-west, in the early hours of 23 January 2021. Most details of the offending are too graphic to publish. Wheatman’s criminal lawyers accepted that a sentence of full-time […]

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      Former Labor MP Craig Thomson Granted Bail for Fraud Charges

      Former Labor MP Craig Thomson has been granted bail for fraud charges, following an investigation into an alleged multimillion-dollar migration scam. This follows the 57-year-old previously being found guilty of Thomson appeared at Gosford Local Court by video link for the release application. His case will return to court in February 2022. Craig Thomson Fraud […]

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      William Tyrrell’s foster mother has been charged with giving false or misleading evidence to the NSW Crime Commission
      William Tyrell Foster Parents Charged with Common Assault

      William Tyrrell’s foster parents have been charged with common assault of a child. This comes less than a day after police applied for an apprehended violence order (AVO) against the pair. Both cases are listed at Hornsby Local Court in late November 2021. These charges do not relate to William Tyrrell. Court Attendance Notice Served […]

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      Politician Faces Drink Driving Charge After Accident

      Liberal MP Tim Smith has been charged with drink driving after an accident with a fence which wrote off his vehicle. Despite earlier being equivocal about whether he would remain in politics, the former shadow cabinet minister announced that he would in fact quit politics at the next state election. Mr Smith was breath tested […]

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      Police Apply for AVO Against William Tyrrell’s Foster Parents

      NSW Police have applied for an apprehended violence order (AVO) against both of William Tyrrell’s foster parents. The AVO was taken out on behalf of a person who cannot be identified for legal reasons. The case will be heard at Hornsby Local Court later in November 2021. This is on the heels of police beginning […]

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      Tennis Star Silenced After Accusing Former Chinese Leader of Sexual Assault

      A tennis star who took to social media to accuse a former Chinese government official of sexual assault has had her post removed. Peng Shuai became the latest woman to join China’s #MeToo movement when she accused 75-year-old former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. Shuai’s account were removed within 30 minutes of the […]

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      Fake Rideshare Driver Charged with Sexual Assault

      A 43-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault after pretending to be a rideshare driver. Police will allege that the man assaulted three women aged between 19 and 21 years old. The accused was arrested after covert investigations suggested he was responsible for the offences. It follows news that ride share app Lyft received […]

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      Terence Darrell Kelly Charged with Kidnapping Cleo Smith

      Terence Darrell Kelly, a man who lived just 7 minutes away from Cleo Smith, has been charged with kidnapping her. The 36-year-old is accused of abducting Cleo Smith from her family tent. Four-year-old Smith was held captive for 18 days in his house. Kelly was arrested by Police and appeared before Carnarvon Magistrates Court where […]

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      How to Get Domestic Violence Charges Dropped – Step by Step Guide

      The criminal justice system regularly deals with persons who make a complaint to police about their partner, but later decide that they want to know how to get domestic violence charges dropped. There may also be circumstances where a complainant has explicitly told police that they do not want their partner charged, but police lay […]

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      Man Jailed for Breach of AVO at Parkes Local Court

      A man has been jailed for choking charges and breaching an AVO at Parkes Local Court. Lachlan Forbes Lilley was sentenced to 14 months in prison with a non-parole period of nine months after being found guilty of contravening a restriction in an AVO and intentionally choking a person without their consent. The 23-year-old was […]

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      Referee Jailed for Sexual Intercourse with Child

      A junior rugby league referee has been jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty to numerous sexual intercourse with child charges. Dale Whiteman appeared at Wollongong District Court to be sentenced for sexual assault and grooming charges relating to 22 girls over a 15 year period. He was jailed on Friday for 16 years overall. […]

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      Bachelorette Angie Kent Convicted of Drink Driving

      Former bachelorette Angie Kent has been lambasted by a Magistrate after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge. The former TV star was fined and disqualified from driving at Downing Centre Local Court. The Magistrate made particular reference to the 31-year-old’s lengthy traffic record and prior drink driving offence. Angie Kent Drink Driving The court […]

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      Man Granted Bail for Proceeds of Crime Charges Disappears

      A man who was granted bail for proceeds of crime charges has disappeared after cutting off his ankle monitor. Mostafa Baluch is accused of masterminding a 900kg cocaine shipment into Australia. However, he was granted bail when he agreed to forfeit his $4million property and wear an ankle monitor. Police described him as “dangerous” and […]

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      Sydney Socialite Jailed for Supplying Commercial Quantity of Prohibited Drugs

      A Sydney socialite will appeal his sentence for supplying a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs after receiving an eight-year jail term. Matthew James Doyle pleaded guilty to supplying over 300kg of drugs and dealing with over $500,000 in proceeds of crime. The 33-year-old was arrested in 2019 after he told undercover police he was willing […]

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      Sydney Paramedic Guilty of Sexual Touching Charges at Train Stations

      A Sydney paramedic who used his position to prey on young women at train stations has been jailed on sexual touching charges. Peter John Thistlethwaite was found guilty by a jury of exploiting eight female victims, the youngest being 17-years-old while on duty. Expert evidence at trial had proven that his medical examinations were unnecessary […]

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      Sydney Airport Employees Facing Drug Importation Charges

      Six Sydney airport employees are facing drug importation charges after a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs were intercepted on an international aircraft. Most of the defendants are from western Sydney suburbs and were arrested before being taken to police stations. Search warrants were also executed on their homes where various items of interest were […]

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      Knighthood Revoked After Ron Brierley Jailed for Possession of Child Pornography Charges

      Prominent businessman Ron Brierley has been jailed for possession of child pornography charges. The 84-year-old was sentenced at Downing Centre District Court in relation to almost 50,000 images found on various devices. Since he entered guilty pleas his knighthood has been revoked. Numerous charitable organisations have also cut ties with him. He will be eligible […]

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      Police Apply for AVO and Lay Assault Charges Against Former Prison Guard

      Police have applied for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) and laid assault charges against a former prison officer who recently escaped jail time over a relationship with an inmate. Melissa Maree Goodwin is accused of biting Rebels bikie Caleb Valeri during an argument at his home in Liverpool, in Sydney’s west, in September 2021. She […]

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      Banker Facing Over 100 Fraud Charges

      Former banker Sara Daizli is facing over 100 fraud charges and is alleged to be the mastermind behind an elaborate syndicate that targeted elderly clients. The former St George Bank had previously been charged with 15 fraud offences, for which she was on bail. However, further investigation by police led to the additional charges being […]

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      NRL Star Charged with Cocaine Possession

      Another NRL star has been arrested and charged with cocaine possession after not complying with a move on direction. Warriors player Reece Walsh was arrested during a night out on the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise party strip. The Gold Coast-born 19-year-old admitted to using and possessing cocaine in a public statement. Warriors chief executive Cameron […]

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      School Zone Speed Limits During Lockdown

      With fewer children going to school during NSW lockdown orders, motorists regularly ask what is school zone speed limits during lockdown. Media reporting during the lockdown suggested there was confusion over whether the school zones were still in effect. This is supported to a degree by data that revealed $30.7 million in fines were handed […]

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      Is Bigamy or Polygamy Legal in Australia?

      Polygamy in Australia is illegal. Polygamy refers to a person having more than one marriage at the same time. It comes from ancient Greece where the word meant “married to many” or “often married”. Legislation has been enacted that makes it a criminal offence to marry more than one person. This offence is known as […]

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      More People Charged with Money Laundering in George Alex Construction Boss Case

      Two more people have been charged with money laundering in the criminal case involving construction boss George Alex. Peter Kay, the brother-in-law of Mr Alex, has now been charged over the alleged $20 million tax fraud and money laundering scheme. Prosecutors allege the scheme was run by George Alex and well-known crime figure Michael Ibrahim. […]

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      Catholic Church Fail to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Case

      The Catholic church has failed in its bid to permanently stay a case alleging a priest sexually abused a child in the 1960s. The NSW Supreme Court rejected the application in relation to proceedings brought by a woman who alleged that she was sexually assaulted as a 14-year-old. The priest who was the alleged perpetrator […]

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      AVOW App Developed to Encourage Compliance with AVOs

      The new AVOW app aimed at increasing compliance with AVOs (Apprehended Violence Orders) has been launched in NSW. With its development funded by the NSW government, the mobile app is designed to provide information about court processes and the consequences of breaching an Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs). There are also features that allow users […]

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      Man Who Glassed Victim Facing Jail for Assault Charges

      A man has pleaded guilty to assault charges after he smashed a schooner of beer on his victim’s face. Matthew McAlister was alleged to have punched Leo Rivaud in the face at the Glasgow Arms Hotel in Sydney in June 2020. The 35-year-old is expected to face jail time due to the severity of the […]

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      Union Boss Darren Greenfield & ex-NRL Star Son Face Corruption Charges

      A union boss and his ex-NRL star son are facing corruption charges after allegedly receiving bribes from the director of a construction company. Prosecutors allege that Darren Greenfield, the secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and his son Michael Greenfield took four $5,000 bribes at meetings that were caught on camera, […]

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      Scott Morrison’s Nephew Faces Fair Trading Charges

      Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s nephew has appeared at Parramatta Local Court to face fair trading charges based on allegations that he took money from customers but failed to complete work properly. Mitchell James Cole was charged by NSW Department of Fair Trading with a number of offences alleged to have occurred through his work as […]

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      Andrew O’Keefe Charged with Assault and Breach of AVO

      Former TV star Andrew O’Keefe has been charged with assault and breaching an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) just two months after having similar charges dismissed in court. The 49-year-old was arrested by police in an apartment on Kent Street in Sydney’s CBD. Police alleged that they received a report of domestic violence incident earlier in […]

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      Grandfather Charged with Drug Supply at Retirement Home

      A Sydney grandfather has been charged with drug supply at his retirement home. 62-year-old Gary Halford was arrested after allegedly supplying prohibited drugs from his unit at the Mountainview ­Retreat Retirement Village in Dural. Other residents of the retirement complex spoke to the media following the arrest and expressed their suspicions. In total, Mr Halford […]

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      Steve ‘Commando’ Willis’ Ex-Client Has AVO Dismissed on Appeal

      A former client of The Biggest Loser trainer Steve ‘Commando’ Willis has had an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) dismissed on appeal. The celebrity trainer had alleged that Jun ‘Margaret’ Yue had been stalking him after they had a dispute over her non-payment of some of his fees. In October 2020, a Local Court Magistrate made the AVO […]

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      Inquiry into NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon Abuse of Paramedics

      A parliamentary hearing into NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon has heard he engaged in a drunken tirade against a paramedic. NSW Police commissioner Mick Fuller also appeared at the hearing and said he was “disappointed” in Mr Lanyon’s actions. Mr Fuller engaged in a tense back and forth with politicians including Greens MP David […]

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      One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, what does a criminal lawyer do? Contrary to popular belief, criminal defence lawyers represent persons from many different socio-economic backgrounds. Their clients can include tradespeople, CEOs, taxi drivers, celebrities, corporations, directors, bankers and working parents. The criminal justice system is based on the concept that […]

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      Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court

      New data on child sexual abuse allegations in the Family Court has revealed that in contested cases, only 14 per cent of the abuse allegations were found to be true. The research spanned over seven years and dealt with published decisions where judges had expressed a view as to the veracity of child abuse claims. […]

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      Anti-Lockdown Protester Accused of Punching Horse Granted Bail

      A Sydney anti-lockdown protester accused of punching a police horse has been granted bail after video footage of the incident emerged. Kristian Pulkownik was forced to spend three weeks in custody before a Magistrate released him on strict bail conditions. The 33-year-old has vowed to fight some of the charges which include animal cruelty and […]

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      Hillsong Founder Brian Houston Charged with Concealing Child Sexual Abuse

      Following a two-year investigation, the founder of Hillsong megachurch – Brian Houston – has been charged with concealing information about child sexual abuse. The charges relate to Mr Houston failing to report the historic alleged abuse of a young male by his late father — Frank Houston. After the news broke, the board of Hillsong […]

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      Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Brittany Higgins

      Almost six months after Police commenced an investigation into the Brittany Higgins allegations, a 26-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault. Ms Higgins – a former government adviser – alleged that the incident took place in Parliament House two years ago. Her revelations shocked the nation and created a political firestorm, resulting in a […]

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      False Sexual Assault Allegations

      Police have confirmed that a former politician who was claims he was forced to resign due to false sexual assault allegations will not face any charges. Former Nationals MP Michael Johnsen will not face sexual assault charges over allegations involving a sex worker that were aired in parliament in early 2021. Mr Johnsen resigned following […]

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      Affirmative Consent to be Introduced in NSW

      Affirmative consent will be introduced in NSW after a review by the Law Reform Commission (NSWLRC) into sexual assault legislation. New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman announced a raft of reforms to sexual assault consent laws which go even further than what was proposed by the NSWLRC. The review of consent laws was prompted by […]

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      Andrew Perish Charged with Drug Supply of Over $1 million of Ice
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      A Sydney man who was involved in the murder of a police informant has been charged with drug supply of over $1 million of methylamphetamine – also known as ‘Ice’. Andrew Perish is alleged to have been part of a criminal group that supplied close to 18kg of pseudoephedrine and 4.5kg of methylamphetamine (ice) throughout […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains Why the Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Charges Were Dismissed on Appeal
      Posted By , on July 3, 2021

      Television icon Bill Cosby is now a free man after he was successful in appealing his conviction for sexual assault charges. It brings to an end a lengthy ordeal which involved multiple trials and the elderly comedian spending three years in custody. The charges stemmed from allegations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea […]

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      Soccer Coach Pleads Guilty to Multiple Sexual Intercourse with Child Charges
      Posted By , on July 2, 2021

      A youth soccer coach from western Sydney has pleaded guilty to a number of sexual intercourse with child charges as well as child abuse material charges. Grant Harden, a 31-year-old from St Clair appeared at Central Local Court via videolink and entered pleas of guilty to 179 charges in total. Investigators also allege that he […]

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      Andrew O’Keefe Has Domestic Violence Assault Charges Dismissed Due to Mental Health

      Television star Andrew O’Keefe has had domestic violence assault charges dismissed after a successful mental health application, however he remains subject to an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO). Five months after he was arrested, a Court has heard that Mr O’Keefe was in a manic state of bipolar at the time of the incident. The incident […]

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      Woman Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Two Boys

      A woman has pleaded guilty to child sexual assault charges of two boys – leaving one of them with sexually transmitted infections. Amy Balcombe entered pleas of guilty at Newcastle Courthouse to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent. The victims were a 13-year-old boy and his 15-year-old friend. It has been alleged that the […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains Why Jack de Belin Sexual Assault Charges Were Withdrawn

      After almost three years, the sexual assault charges against NRL star Jack de Belin have been withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Following a second jury being unable to reach a unanimous verdict, the DPP had the option of choosing to subject de Belin and his co-accused Callum Sinclair to a third trial. […]

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      ‘Porn King’ Employee Guilty of Fraud Charges Totalling Almost $800,000
      Posted By , on May 31, 2021

      A Magistrate has found a Sydney woman guilty of fraud charges amounting to almost $800,000 at Downing Centre Local Court. 45-year-old Neva Liana Lozzi faced 29 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception based on hundreds of bank transfers she made while employed by ‘porn king’ Con Ange. The transactions were said to have […]

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      NRL Player Jamil Hopoate Facing Large Commercial Drug Supply Charges
      Posted By , on May 24, 2021

      Former NRL player Jamil Hopoate has been arrested and faces large commercial drug supply charges after police allegedly uncovered a drug importation scheme involving half a tonne of cocaine, worth $155 million. The consignment was alleged to have originated in the United Kingdom and travelled to Sydney where it was intercepted by Australian Border Force […]

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      Mother Charged with Aggravated Dangerous Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm
      Posted By , on May 17, 2021

      A Sydney mother has been charged with Aggravated Dangerous Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm after she allegedly drove into her own daughter while intoxicated. Dale Palmer, a 58-year-old mother, fronted Sutherland Local Court to face a number of charges related to the incident, including drive with high range PCA. The alleged victim, Keely Palmer, is […]

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      Group Charged with Kidnapping Former Australian Cricketer Stuart MacGill
      Posted By , on May 10, 2021

      Four men have been charged with kidnapping Australian cricket icon Stuart MacGill at gunpoint in Sydney’s lower north shore. The 50-year-old was allegedly assaulted and held for over an hour by the group after they detained him. Shockingly, one of the kidnappers was the brother of MacGill’s current girlfriend, Maria O’Meagher. Kidnapping Allegations Just before the […]

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      Man Pleads Guilty to Common Assault Charges Against Teenage Girls
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      A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to common assault charges where he is alleged to have bashed teenage girls. Hong Ben Lee appeared at Central Local Court on 27 April 2021 in relation to a brawl involving multiple persons on the night of Mardi Gras.   The altercation was filmed and went viral on Instagram. […]

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      Assault Charges Laid Against Security Guard
      Posted By , on May 2, 2021

      A security guard who was ejecting an intoxicated patron from a pub has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after police determined that his actions were disproportionate. Albury man Deng Chol was thrown on his head by an allegedly overzealous security guard at the Beer Deluxe pub. The incident was captured on video […]

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      COVID and Resist Arrest Charges Dropped Against Sydney Bodybuilder
      Posted By , on May 2, 2021

      Police have dropped all COVID and resist arrest charges against a popular Sydney bodybuilder who was arrested in April 2020. Dimitri Moskovich, also known as “Mr Bondi”, was arrested by two police officers after they accused him of breaching COVID-19 rules during lockdown last year. The police will also be required to pay his legal […]

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      Police Officer Suspended After Stomping on Head of Mentally Ill Man

      A father-of-three who was suffering a mental breakdown has spoken out after being run over by a police vehicle and then stomped on the head by a police officer. 32-year-old Tim Atkins and his wife, Emily, were interviewed by the media after Mr Atkins recovered from an induced coma. Footage of the assault was initially […]

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      Man Found Not Guilty of Domestic Violence Murder Due to Mental Illness

      A Sydney man has been found not guilty of the domestic violence murder of his wife due to a mental illness defence. Gihan Kerollos was stabbed to death outside a Randwick hospital by her husband Mourad Kerollos in 2019. He was charged with murder. However, medical experts for the Crown and defence both agreed that […]

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      Olympian Nathan Baggaley Guilty of Drug Importation Charges

      Olympian Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother have been found guilty of drug importation charges after attempting to smuggle around $200 million worth of cocaine into Australia. The brothers had pleaded not guilty and were tried in the Supreme Court after being charged with attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug in […]

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      Rugby League Player Charged with Common Assault of Security Guards

      Rugby league star Nita Maynard has been charged with common assault following an incident with two security guards outside of Northies Cronulla Hotel. The 28-year-old was allegedly restrained at the scene until Police arrived, at which point she was arrested and transported to Sutherland Police Station. If she is ultimately found guilty, it is expected […]

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      Police Officers Charged with Attempted Sexual Assault of Schoolgirl

      A Court has heard that two policemen charged with attempted sexual assault of a schoolgirl may be close to pleading guilty.   Senior Constables James Delinicolis and Angelo Dellosa are accused of luring a teenager to a hotel room before committing arrange of sexual offences against her. The charges also include misconduct in public office […]

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      Lesbian Instagram Couple Face Armed Robbery Charges

      A lesbian couple have been charged with armed robbery after they were allegedly caught on CCTV cameras. Police allege that Eleanor Rohana Ashford and her girlfriend Sarah Canceri went on a crime spree throughout southwest Sydney. CCTV footage released to the media shows two women wearing headscarves at a petrol station armed with weapons. It […]

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      NSW Police Stalk/Intimidate Criminal Lawyer Who Represented Bikie

      A report has determined that NSW Police officers targeted a bikie’s criminal lawyer with a campaign of behaviour to stalk/intimidate him. The solicitor was harassed on his way to court, at his office and even at Court to such a degree that the Magistrate allowed him to flee through her personal exit. The offending officers […]

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      Pizza Rapist Jailed for Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges

      A Sydney jury has found a pizza shop worker guilty of aggravated sexual assault charges against a teenager. It took the twelve-person jury just two hours to find Ricardo Audish guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault in company. Two underage boys who cannot be named for legal reasons were also involved in the […]

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      What is Cuckoo Smurfing in Money Laundering?

      In recent years, those in the financial investigation community have had to deal with the question, what is cuckoo smurfing in money laundering? This technique has been used by a number of criminal organisations including drug traffickers, terrorist financiers and in complex frauds. It allows money obtained through illegal activities to be washed by hiding […]

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      Fake Uber Driver to Be Deported After Conviction for Indecent Assault

      A man who posed as an Uber driver to commit indecent assaults on women is likely to be deported after being jailed for at least 18 months. Sampath Sandaruwan Samaranayake would trawl areas around busy nightclubs, offering women rides for cash in September 2018. After they entering his vehicle, he would indecently assault them, including […]

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      How to Beat a Demerit Point Suspension NSW

      It is one of the most common situations faced by drivers, so it comes as no surprise that lawyers often are asked how to beat a demerit point suspension in NSW. The answer will depend on the type of licence you have. There are different avenues for provisional drivers as opposed to full licence holders. […]

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      Child Abuse Material and Sexual Touching Charges Laid in Major Paedophile Ring Bust

      A nationwide investigation into a major online paedophile network has allegedly discovered hordes of child abuse material with Police laying sexual touching charges against multiple men. The AFP and NSW Police have arrested 14 men and charged them with 828 child sex offences. Shockingly, it has been suggested that a childcare worker from the NSW […]

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      Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Five-Star Hotel

      After a manhunt, a 41-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking a woman with a sledgehammer inside a five-star Sydney CBD hotel. Matthew Donaldson was arrested two days after a woman was found seriously injured at the Primus Hotel on Pitt Street, Sydney. Police found Donaldson in dense bushland in the […]

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      Over the Counter Medicinal Cannabis Oil Legalised

      In positive news for those advocating the legalisation of cannabis, low-dose cannabis oil can now be purchased from pharmacies without a prescription. At present, there are no products approved for sale, but this is expected to change in the near future. Significantly, it is only low-dose oil that will be available and the products cannot […]

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      Elderly Truck Driver Jailed for Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death at Wollongong District Court

      A 67-year-old truck driver has been sentenced to 3 years in jail after he was found guilty of dangerous driving Occasioning death at Wollongong District Court. Graham William Squires was driving in the lane next to a truck on a highway when he attempted to merge in front it. He collided with the truck which […]

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      Further Child Sexual Assault Charges Against Former Labor Politician

      Infamous former NSW Labor Minister Milton Orkopoulos has had his parole revoked while facing further child sexual assault charges. The 62-year-old was arrested at his exclusive Malabar home, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. His parole has now also been revoked after being charges with three counts of failing to comply with his reporting obligations. The State […]

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      Sydney Stalker Jailed for Carrying Out Sexual Act

      A stalker who harassed multiple women across Sydney’s Northern Beaches has been jailed for carrying out sexual act. Lindsay Kenneth Moody will spend at least 19 months behind bars after he was sentenced by Magistrate Bruce Williams at Manly Local Court. His victims watched on at Manly Local Court as the 42-year-old sobbed through the […]

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      Olympic Swimmer Arrested for Allegedly Masterminding Multi-Million Dollar Commercial Drug Supply Syndicate

      Former Olympic swimmer Scott Miller has been arrested by Police after being accused of heading a multi-million-dollar commercial drug supply syndicate in Sydney. Officer allegedly found $2 million worth of prohibited drugs including heroin and ‘methylamphetamine’ (also known as ‘ice’) hidden inside candles. The 45-year-old retired Olympian was one of two men arrested after Police […]

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      How To Beat An AVO

      The question of how to beat an AVO is one that lawyers answer almost daily. This is unsurprising given an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) can have a devastating effect on yourself, your partner and your family. It is important to understand that there are stringent processes involved with these orders. Defending an AVO can be […]

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      Sydney Barrister Jailed for Possessing Child Abuse Material

      A former Sydney barrister has been jailed for possessing child abuse material after police seized electronics belonging to him. Richard James Horsley was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 1 year and 10 months at Downing Centre District Court. The 61-year-old had his computers examined which contained over 1000 child abuse images. At the […]

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      Lawyer Explains How NRL Star Payne Haas Avoided a Criminal Conviction for Intimidation

      NRL player Payne Haas has avoided a criminal conviction at Tweed Heads Local Court despite pleading guilty to intimidation of a police officer. In the course of a verbal tirade directed at police, Haas told a female officer, “Why you looking at me like that? Cause you’re a woman and you think that I won’t […]

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      Couple Charged with Sexual Assault After Alleged Sex Slave Operation Busted

      A couple have been charged with multiple sexual assault offences after Police stormed an alleged ‘sex slave’ operation. 35-year-old Matthew James Markcrow and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Crystal Marie Sawyer are accused of giving several women drugs and using them as prostitutes. The allegations include tattooing the women as the ‘property’ of Mr Markcrow. It is […]

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      Man Found Not Guilty of Murder of Police Officer and Grandmother Due to Mental Illness

      A man has been found not guilty of murdering his grandmother as well as a retired policeman, by reason of mental illness. Murray Deakin was charged over the deaths of his grandmother Gail Winner, and retired police officer Michael Horne as well as causing grievous bodily harm to his grandfather, Thomas Winner. The 20-year-old was […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains Why Sam Burgess’ AVO Appeal Was Allowed

      NRL star Sam Burgess has had his conviction for intimidation and AVO overturned on appeal at Goulburn District Court. Mr Burgess had previously been convicted of Intimidation and an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) was made for the protection of Mr Mitch Bourke – his father-in-law. The 32-year-old was initially convicted and sentenced to a two-year […]

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      McDonald’s QR Code Offender Sentenced at Blacktown Local Court

      A man who made national headlines after throwing a cash register at McDonald’s has been sentenced at Blacktown Local Court for damage property. Jake Sinderberry was alleged to have verbally abused employees at Kellyville McDonald’s as he refused to check in using a QR code. The 25-year-old has been ordered to attend counselling for anger […]

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      School Principal Extradited to Australia on Sexual Offences

      A former school principal has been extradited from Israel to Australia to face sexual offences. Malka Leifer, who was the headmistress of Elsternwick’s Adass Israel School between 2001 and 2008 was flown out of Israel by authorities to Germany and then to Australia last month. It brings a six-year saga to an end after Police […]

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      Is it Illegal to Flash Your Headlights to Warn of Police?

      Imagine this – you’re driving down an open road, pass a police car and decide to flash your headlights to warn of police. Drivers travelling in the opposite direction will no doubt be thankful. Indeed, some would say it would be un-Australian to act in any other way. But could you be committing an offence? […]

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      Channel Nine Boss Avoids Jail for High Range Drink Driving at Hornsby Local Court

      The director of Australia’s largest television network has narrowly avoided jail for high-range drink driving. Darren Wick, Channel Nine’s director of news and current affairs appeared at Hornsby Local Court on 20 January 2021 after being caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) more than four times over the legal limit.  It was Wick’s […]

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      Casino Prevented from Opening due to Money Laundering Concerns in Sydney

      NSW gambling regulators have banned Crown Resorts from opening its new Sydney casino due to money laundering concerns. The NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) made the decision after the company made admissions that money laundering had likely occurred through its accounts. The inquiry was initially set up to investigate suspicious activity. The amount […]

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      Sydney Preacher Charged with Child Sexual Assaults

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      Over 250 Charges Laid in Sydney Drug Cartel Takedown

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      Infamous Mother & Daughter Avoid Conviction for Affray Charges

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      Drink driving offences carry significant disqualification periods. Many also carry terms of imprisonment. As such, it is crucial to be aware of the various drink driving offences as well as possible defences. These offences are based on the prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) in a person’s system. For this reason, they are sometime referred to […]

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      Man Who Filmed Private Parts of Schoolgirls Avoids Jail

      A man who pleading guilty to filming private parts of a number schoolgirls at a Sydney Zoo has avoided a jail sentence. 49-year-old Justin McGufficke also pleaded guilty to charges of possess child abuse material based on photographs that were found on his phone. He was also sentenced in relation to filming up the skirts […]

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      Identity of Sydney Criminal Lawyer Charged with Sexual Assault Revealed

      Media organisations have successfully fought to overturn a non-publication order on the name of a Sydney Criminal Lawyer charged with sexual assault. Criminal defence lawyer Steven Mercael was charged by Police with sexually assaulting a female in December 2019. The 27-year-old had appealed to the New South Wales Supreme Court to prevent the publication of […]

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      Over the past few years, there has been a noticeable growth in the prominence of fake IDs in Australia and questions around whether they are illegal. With websites openly selling these IDs, many have questioned what the potential consequences of possessing such an item is. It is well-established that you can be charged by Police […]

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      Police have laid fraud charges against a number of people, alleging that they dishonestly claimed government payments intended for bushfire victims. Many of the alleged offenders are said to have links to the Rebels bikie gang. Six men, aged from 25 to 32, and three women, aged 26 to 37, were arrested as part of […]

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      High School Deputy Principal Charged with Child Sex Offences

      A Sydney school teacher has been charged with a number of child sex offences. Police say Damien Scott Wanstall used the internet to arrange to pay a 14-year-old girl for sex. The 47-year-old deputy principal of Kellyville High School was apprehended by detectives last week. This arrest was captured by news cameras. He is currently […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains Why Jarryd Hayne was Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

      Former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has been found guilty of sexual assault after a Sydney jury reached a unanimous verdict. This comes after the jury in the previous trial were unable to come to a decision. Another jury were unable to come to a decision in relation to similar charges against NRL player Jack […]

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      Former Bachelor Australia Contestant Receives No Jail for Drug Supply Charges

      A former contestant on The Bachelor has narrowly avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to drug supply charges. Georgia Tripos fronted Victoria’s County Court in relation to charges of supplying cocaine and ethylpentylone as well as knowingly deal with proceeds of crime. Police caught onto the 29-year-old after an acquaintance of hers was captured […]

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      Police take out Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) for Television Star

      A famed Australian television actress has had NSW Police take out a provisional apprehended violence order (AVO) for her protection against her partner. Former Neighbours star Jodi Gordon had Police attend her exclusive Double Bay apartment to investigate a domestic violence allegation involving her boyfriend Sebastian Blackler. Mr Blackler is currently subject to restrictions on […]

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      Criminal Lawyer Explains Why Jury Was Discharged in NRL Player Jack de Belin’s Sexual Assault Trial

      Two years after he was charged with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old, NRL player Jack de Belin’s ordeal will continue as a second jury has been unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the charges against him. Mr de Belin and a reserve grade rugby league player, Callum Sinclair, initially endured a 4 week […]

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      Mother stabs son after alleged murder confession

      Police have applied for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against a woman after she was charged with stabbing her son in one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs. However, in a shock twist to the story, a Court has heard that the son had just confessed to a murder and threatened his mother. 22-year-old Hugo Ball […]

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      Wealthy female millionaire goes missing during ASIC investigation

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      Complete Guide to Bail Applications in NSW

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      A teenager has been arrested and charged with a number of assault offences, including affray after a lingerie bar worker was stabbed in Sydney’s CBD. Poasa Junior Logova, from southwest Sydney allegedly stabbed the 34-year-old employee twice in the back at Concourse Bar. Scantily clad waitresses were seen fleeing the York Street bar after the […]

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      A renowned Australian actor who was initially refused bail has escaped conviction for allegedly assaulting Police due to his mental health issues. Former Home and Away star Joel McIlroy recently made a successful Section 32 Application at the Downing Centre Local Court. The Court received medical material which confirmed that McIlroy had degenerative brain disease […]

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      Tailgating another driver is defined as following a vehicle without keeping a safe distance between the two vehicles. There are some obvious dangers in tailgating a vehicle. Any sharp reduction in speed of the vehicle in front could lead to a collision as there is insufficient time to brake. Further, tailgating can cause the driver […]

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      An alleged childcare fraud that took advantage of COVID Centrelink payments has been brought to its knees with multiple arrests across Sydney’s south-west. The arrests occurred in dramatic fashion as officers dressed in balaclavas and bullet proof vests stormed numerous buildings with media on hand. It is another scalp for police attached to Strikeforce Mercury […]

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      A Sydney strata apartment manager who stole hundreds of items and housed them in an ‘Aladdin’s-cave’ inside the building has been jailed for numerous break and enter offences. 43-year-old Jaden Hati was arrested in 2019 after Police began investigating a spate of larceny offences in a Pyrmont complex. He was bail refused by Police and […]

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      In news that shocked the financial world, one of Australia’s largest banks – Westpac – has admitted that it breached money laundering and terrorism financing laws. The result? A whopping $1.3 billion fine. This is almost double the second largest fine of $730 million that was imposed on the Commonwealth Bank in 2018. However, despite it being […]

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      Weird Laws: The Australian State Where it’s Illegal to Fly a Kite

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      In New South Wales many of the road rules also apply to horse riders. Under the Australian Road Rules horses are included under the definition of vehicle. This means that most minor regulatory offences apply equally to both car drivers and horse riders. But you may not have heard some of the more obscure laws […]

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      Bankwest Stadium Streaker Fined

      In the final minute of a Parramatta v Wests game in July 2019 our client entered the playing field and streaked naked across the pitch. He was arrested and charged with “Enter playing field without authority” under the Sporting Venues (Invasions) Act 2003 and also “Wilful and obscene exposure” under the Summary Offences Act 1988. […]

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      According to the latest BOCSAR statistics from March 2019, incidents of sexual assault in NSW are stable and did not experience a significant increase over the last 24 months. Between March 2018 and March 2019, there were just shy of 6,000 reported incidents of sexual assaults across New South Wales.  Of almost 6000 reported cases only […]

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      The power of police officers to enforce bail conditions, has come under question during a Law Enforcement and Conduct Commission (LECC) hearing. The hearing which is taking place over the next few days, follows an increase in complaints made to the LECC surrounding police officers engaging in what has been referred to during the hearing […]

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      Drink Driving On A Boat In NSW

      As the weather warms up more people will be taking to the water over summer, but many don’t know the laws regarding drink driving on a boat. Drink driving laws apply to any ‘vessel’ which includes not only boats but jet skis, kayaks, sailboards and kite boards. The Law on Drink Driving on A Boat […]

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      Police have the power to conduct random breath tests on any driver in New South Wales. But when police shut down entire roads and test every single driver is it still really random? This weekend NSW Police are running “Operation Nabbed” once again. RBT sites have been set up at every exit along several major […]

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      Astor Legal voted as recommended NSW criminal lawyers and also NSW drink driving and DUI lawyers.
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      At Astor Legal we pride ourselves on being one of the best criminal and traffic law firms in New South Wales. Today we are proud to announce that Astor Legal has again been recognised in several categories by the legal research and ranking publication Doyles Guide. Astor Legal were listed as a “Recommended New South […]

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      Verbal assault is a commonly heard but very misunderstood phrase. In New South Wales you can be convicted of common assault even if no physical contact takes place. There are also a number of other Acts of Parliament which create offences for what is often called a verbal assault. What exactly is an assault? Most […]

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      In Australian law a drone is referred to as a “remotely piloted aircraft” or RPA for short. The “Civil Aviation Safety Authority” or CASA who are responsible for regulating the use of drones. Australia has strict laws surrounding the use of drones. This is particularly the case near public places and airports. Breaches of the […]

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      In August 2019 social media was a-buzz after Victorian Police posted on Facebook pointing out it was illegal to pay using a mobile phone in a drive-thru. The story was picked up by media outlets and is being widely reported on. At the time it was a surprise to most people that using your phone […]

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      In NSW unrestricted licence holders have a limit of 13 demerit points. If you incur 13 or more demerit points in any 3-year period, the RMS will send you a notice of suspension. Instead of serving a period of suspension, you can apply for a good behaviour licence under section 36 of the Road Transport […]

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