Category: Common Assault

An Unfair Dismissal? An Interview with Former Police Constable Hugh Brennan


We’ve reported on a number of police officers who’ve engaged in crime, corruption and other forms of misconduct, yet still been allowed to remain on the NSW Police Force. There are currently hundreds of officers on the NSW force with criminal convictions against their names, and others who are allowed to keep their badges despite ...

Scary Clowns Are No Laughing Matter


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim There is a new craze sweeping the world that has made its way to Australia, and it has police and professional clowns hopping mad. Even McDonalds’ main man, the one and only Ronald, has been forced into hiding. The craze has people dressing up as clowns and roaming the ...

Dealing with Repeat and Dangerous Offenders


Sentencing Law The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Act) is the primary legislation applicable to sentencing offenders who have committed criminal offences in New South Wales. Section 3A of the Act provides a list of the ‘purposes of sentencing’ delineated as follows: (a) To ensure that the offender is adequately punished for the offence, ...

Controlling Youth Crime: Victorian Summit May Lead to Results


Crime and youth experts have attended a Victoria Police Summit aimed at addressing issue of youth violence. The Summit was held in response to a spike in property and violent crimes – including car jackings, burglaries and larceny offences – with police struggling to control a small group of repeat offenders. Youth Crime Speaking at ...

NSW Government May Ease Lockout Laws


Key figures in the NSW government have withdrawn support for the current regime of lockout laws, including Deputy Premier Tony Grant who believes the laws are doing more harm than good; with the closure of hundreds of businesses in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross are. Mr Grant believes the laws should be relaxed to ...

Man Faces Court for Cutting Hair


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim After several weeks of investigation and extensive examination of CCTV footage, Police have charged a 19-year old man with assault, after he allegedly used scissors to cut off a fellow passenger’s hair on public transport last month. The bizarre incident, which left the teenaged victim shaken and distressed, happened ...

Spitting at a Baby, What’s the World Coming to?


Last week, a four-month old baby and her grandfather were enjoying a peaceful afternoon stroll down Crown Street in Surry Hills when a man, completely unknown to them, approached the pair and spat in the baby’s face. The man then attempted to flee the scene – but as karma would have it, was hit by ...

Police Officer Assaults Cyclist


In the latest scandal to rock the NSW Police Force, a police officer has reportedly been observed pushing a cyclist off a bike on a busy intersection in peak hour traffic, endangering his safety and causing minor injuries. Witnesses report that the officer, who was patrolling the intersection of College and William Streets in the ...

Judge Suspended for Challenging Lawyer to a Fist Fight


Everyone knows Judge Judy, the television judge that often loses her patience with litigants who “pee on her leg and tell her it’s raining”. But one Florida judge has taken it a step further – challenging a lawyer to a fist fight. The judge has been suspended without pay and may even facing assault charges ...

Judges Gone Bad: Drunk Judges Misbehaving


Most of us enjoy having a drink or two from time to time, and judges are no different. But not everyone behaves themselves on the drink, including some members of our esteemed judiciary. If you’ve ever been in trouble for drink driving, you are certainly not alone. In fact, several Australian judges have been caught ...