Category: Mental Health Law

Sydney Lawyer Charged with Indecent Assault


Forty-year old Carl Harrap of Seaforth is employed as a patent and trademark attorney at the Sydney office of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. The firm’s website describes Mr Harrap as having “… particular experience and interest in assisting his clients to defend or attack patents in patent oppositions”. However, the experienced lawyer has been ...

League Star’s Alleged Stalker Claims a Mental Health Condition


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The former girlfriend of rugby player Bryce Cartwright has faced Penrith Local Court to answer allegations that she used social media to stalk and make death threats against the rising NRL star. Ms Brittany Hura is alleged to have posted a video on Facebook last weekend, threatening and intimidating ...

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Inmates with Mental Health Conditions


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Recent decades have seen a growing recognition of the need to provide support services to those suffering from mental health conditions. Sadly, prison inmates are often left out of the discussion, despite rates of mental illness amongst those behind bars being far higher than in the general population. Mental ...

Just Let Me Die: An Exclusive Interview with an Inmate Facing Life Imprisonment


Garry is facing life imprisonment in NSW for a crime he says he did not commit. His defence lawyer has told him that, at best, he could get ten to fifteen years in prison. His case has a non-publication order on it, so we can’t reveal his name or the precise nature of the allegations. ...

Mental Health Issues in the NSW Police Force


For a former NSW police officer who wants to be identified only as ‘Greg’, investigating the death of a murdered indigenous woman whose naked body was dumped in a remote ditch was the start of a rapid decline in mental health. The strain of the job, combined with the stress of the investigation, and the ...

Police Officer Imprisoned for Domestic Violence


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Shaun Perry stared at his estranged wife and children as he learned he would spend more than two-and-a-half years behind bars for offences including spitting in his wife’s face, pulling her hair, and assaulting her with a weapon. Perry, a former Victorian Police Officer, pleaded guilty to a total ...

Public Given Access to Police Brutality Hearing


The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating allegations that a woman was brutalised at the hands of two police officers at Ballarat Police Station. The proceedings are being streamed live into a well-known Ballarat restaurant this week, to enable the public to see ‘justice being done’. The public screening has outraged the Police Association, which ...

Teen So Rich He Couldn’t Tell Right from Wrong, Judge Finds


An American teenager who popularised the ‘affluenza defence’ has been arrested for breaching his probation. In 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years’ probation after killing four people in a drink driving incident. During his sentencing hearing, Couch’s defence team successfully argued that their client was so wealthy he could not tell right ...

Family Compensated Over Unlawful Police Raid


Aboriginal elder Marjorie Rose has been waiting a long time for justice – but her day has finally come, with a District Court Judge recently awarding the 81-year-old woman and her family $370,000 in compensation for an illegal police raid. In July 2008, Marjorie was at home with her friends and family when police smashed ...

Managing Anger to Stop Domestic Violence


Being accused of domestic violence can be confronting and stressful. Many of those who are guilty genuinely want help to control anger management issues so they can rebuild their relationships, or have healthier ones in the future. Thankfully, there are a range of programs and services available in NSW which can assist in managing anger, ...