Articles by Ugur Nedim

Sydney Man Arrested After Police Pursuit


A 20-year old man has been arrested after refusing to pull over for police and charged with thirteen offences, including police pursuit (‘Skye’s law), break enter and steal, goods in custody and breach of bail. It is alleged the man attended a car dealership in St Mary’s at about 6pm on Wednesday, 4th January 2017 ...

Sniffer Dogs: False Positives and Limits to Police Powers


One of the most controversial tools in the armoury of police when it comes to enforcing drug laws is the use of drug detection dogs. These dogs were introduced after the 2000 Sydney Olympics to catch drug suppliers, but have failed dismally to meet their stated objective. Rather, drug dog operations have led to tens ...

Not Charged with Terrorism Despite Allegedly Making Death / Injury Threats to NYE Celebrations


40-year old Damian O’Neil was arrested at Sydney Airport after disembarking a flight from London to Sydney. He was charged with ‘sending documents containing threats to kill or or inflict grievous bodily harm’ under section 31 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) after police received a tip that he was posting online material which threatened ...

Police Claim Major Success in War on Drugs


“This job started with just a thread of information to the NSWPF’s Drug Squad two and a half years ago”, NSW Police Commissioner Mark Jenkins told a reporter. “That thread has helped us keep more than a tonne of illegal drugs off the street”. On Christmas day, a joint operation between the NSW Police Drug ...

Off-duty police officer allegedly brandishes gun whilst drunk


Police officers are permitted to use their powers around the clock, whether or not they are on-duty. This means they can exercise powers of arrest and search, give move-on directions and even issue fines whilst they are off-duty. And while the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW) does not make specific reference to ...

Christmas Gone Wrong


Christmas Day is a time to gather with family and friends to rejoice in the yuletide spirit. But for some, a long day of drinking, conversation and festivities can spark pent up emotions and have dangerous consequences. It has been reported that two brothers, aged 43 and 41, were involved in a family argument at ...

Bully Cop Found Guilty


We previously reported on the Queensland police officer who was suspended and charged over his latest act of bullying and intimidating a member of the public whilst on duty. The incident In May 2015, Senior Constable Stephen Flanagan was patrolling the Landsborough Highway on the outskirts of Longreach when he observed a ute allegedly driving ...

Lawyer Sent to Prison for Defrauding Clients of $1.8 Million


We previously reported on the case of Russell Biddle, a Gold Coast lawyer accused of stealing over $1 million of client funds after his firm was entrusted to manage a wealthy couple’s estate. Mr Biddle was alleged to have made at least three separate transfers from the estate into an unidentified personal Suncorp bank account. ...

How Much Does a Lawyer Make?


The Australian Taxation Office recently released its 2013/14 income statistics by occupation and gender, with specialist medical practitioners taking out many of the top spots. Notably absent once again from those lists are two occupations often perceived by members of the public to be amongst the highest paying – solicitors and barristers. And like previous ...

Criminal Lawyer Charged with Defrauding Legal Aid


A Canberra lawyer is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court this week, accused of dishonestly obtaining $30,000 from a client’s mother at the same time as he was receiving funds from the Legal Aid Commission for the same case. The prosecution alleges that in 2009, lawyer Stephen Stubbs, 63, represented Canberra man Alexander Duffy ...