Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Queensland May Finally Abolish Gay Panic Defence


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim After years of petitioning, the Queensland government has finally introduced a bill to abolish the antiquated gay panic defence. The state’s attorney-general Yvette D’Ath presented the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 to parliament on Wednesday. Officially known as the homosexual advancement defence, gay panic is a partial defence of provocation. ...

Sydney Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ for Stealing Client’s Money


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Another NSW lawyer has been struck off for engaging in professional misconduct. This time it was Mr Thai Le Huu Nguyen. The Civil and Administrative Tribunal found him guilty on November 18 this year, for conduct it deemed to be “disgraceful and dishonourable.” It was outlined during the hearing ...

Not Guilty of Fraud After Overdrawing $2 Million


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Luke Brett Moore’s Facebook status simply reads: “NOT GUILTY. (:” Earlier this week, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) overturned the fraud conviction against him and he now hopes to get on with his life. But it was a very different story this time four years ago. Moore ...

Police Taser 12-Year Old Boy in the Back


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Northern Territory police have come under fire for using a taser on a 12-year old boy, and for their use of tasers on children generally. The Incident The NT Ombudsman has requested a briefing from police after they tasered the boy at a petrol station in Palmerston last week. ...

NSW Government Forces ICAC Resignation


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner, Megan Latham, announced her resignation just days after receiving information that she would lose her current position and forced to reapply under a restructure by the Baird government. Ms Latham had two years remaining of a five year term as the head of ...

Australian Arrested Over Illegal Surrogacy Ring


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Cambodian officials have appealed for an estimated 70 Australian biological parents to come forward to identify themselves and prove they are the real parents of babies carried by surrogate mothers. This comes in the wake of claims by the Cambodian Government that the Australian Embassy has granted passports to ...

Sydney’s Spying Landlord Faces Time Behind Bars


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A multi-millionaire Sydney landlord who rigged up an elaborate hidden camera network to spy on his tenants is facing time behind bars. Property owner Masaaki Imaeda pleaded guilty to a string of charges including two counts of filming a person’s private parts without consent. He has been referred for ...

The Rising Cost of Identity Crime in Australia


Identity theft has reportedly overtaken drink driving, drug possession and assault as the most common category of crime in Australia. A Federal Government report suggests that almost one million Australians fall victim to some form of identity crime every year, costing the Australian economy $2.2 billion annually. Identity theft Identity theft is the unauthorised taking ...

The Soldiers of Odin: Protectors or Thugs?


A self-proclaimed patriot group is patrolling the streets of Melbourne’s CBD in what they say is an effort to combat rising street crime and protect the public. The group, called The Soldiers of Odin, is an offshoot of the far-right Finnish group of the same name. It is conducting ‘safety patrols’ in several areas of ...

Abolishing the Partial Defence of Provocation: An Interview with Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The partial defence of provocation can be argued in a court of law when a person who’s killed another claims to have been provoked by the deceased in such a way that they lost self-control and were therefore less culpable for their actions. Provocation can reduce a murder charge ...