Category: Assault Charges

Are the Boys in Blue Really There to Protect You?


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim There’s a popular perception in mainstream society that the institution of the police was created to protect and serve the interests of the general population, and that officers on the beat are there to prevent crime and promote the interests of justice. Indeed, many believe that police have always been ...

Aussie Mum May Appeal Sentence for Killing Balinese Policeman


In case you missed the headlines: Sara Connor has been sentenced to four years in prison, while her boyfriend, David Taylor, was handed a six year sentence for killing Balinese police officer Wayan Sudarsa. The Byron Bay mother of two was found guilty of fatal assault in company. She has already been behind bars for ...

Police Want Lockout Laws Across the State


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The NSW lockout laws were hailed a success at the end of last year, with data suggesting the clamp-down on bars and nightclubs has reduced violence in the city centre and Kings Cross precinct by as much as 40%. However, protests by affected businesses and an independent review led ...

Queensland Police Reforms Labelled a Failure


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Since the Queensland Police Force (QPS) announced a massive restructure in 2013, complaints against police and crime rates have risen by almost 10%. Surfers Paradise – also known as ‘The Glitter Strip’ – has seen a 17 per cent spike in crime over the past two years alone. Serious ...

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Sydney criminologist believes that the implementation of preventative and diversionary strategies is the primary reason for most categories of crime declining across the state in recent years. Dr Garner Clancey, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, points out that many offences have fallen by as much ...

Australia Will Finally Ratify Law Against Torture


A group of up to 20 teenagers, who are being held in the Grevillea Unit of Victoria’s Barwon prison, rioted on Monday night. The youths have been placed in the unit of the adult prison due to the rioting that’s been occurring in the state’s youth justice centres over the last year. The Victorian Supreme ...

Queensland Considers Tracking Alleged Abusers


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Defendants in Queensland domestic violence cases may be forced to wear electronic tracking devices, in a proposal warmly welcomed by victims’ groups. After mother of four, Teresa Bradshaw was fatally stabbed by her partner David while he was out on bail, the Queensland government is now looking at ways ...

‘They give God a bad name,’ says victim


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim More than 1,800 Catholic Church figures and 4,444 allegations of abuse. Horrific numbers, which a senior Catholic Church figure has described as ‘shocking’ and ‘indefensible’ at the 50th public hearing of the Royal Commission – the 16th hearing dealing with abuse within the Catholic Church. The three-week hearing currently ...

Should Police Have to Inform Complainants of an Alleged Offender’s Release on Bail?


The alarming statistics, the headline-grabbing media coverage, the political rhetoric, the state and federal government domestic violence initiatives… and yet another woman lies dead, the victim of a callous offender. The fatal stabbing of Gold Coast woman Teresa Bradford by her ex-partner David Bradford is a tragedy that many believe could have been prevented. When ...

Woman Stabs Boyfriend for Refusing Threesome


A man in the US has allegedly been stabbed in the arm and abdomen after refusing to participate in a ‘threesome’ with his girlfriend and another woman. The defendant, forty-two year old Teresa Gillard, met a woman at a local dog park on the morning of the incident and they exchanged details. After returning home, ...