Category: Murder / Manslaughter

Mystery at Sea: Australian Suspected of Murdering his Wife


In 2010, Lewis Bennet formed the company called ‘Next Generation Solar’, which was based in Mount Nathan, Queensland. The British man became an Australian citizen in September 2013 but left Australia on February 22 last year, writing on his departure card that he intended to live in England for next 12 months. Bennet is now ...

Manslaughter by Text Message


By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes A US judge has found that Michelle Carter caused the death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy, by sending him a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself. Ms Carter faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the July 2014 suicide ...

‘No Body, No Parole’ Laws: Closure for Victims or Injustice for Wrongly Convicted?


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim As recently reported, the NSW government’s ‘justice reforms’ will include a proposal for new laws to prevent people who are convicted of murder and manslaughter from being released on parole unless they reveal the location of the deceased’s body. Victims’ groups support the laws, claiming they will force the ...

Queensland Finally Abolishes the Gay Panic Defence


It’s actually happened. Queensland has abolished gay panic defence. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 was passed in state parliament on Tuesday night, amending section 304 of the state’s Criminal Code so that an unwanted sexual advance is no longer a provocation to kill somebody. Officially known as the homosexual advancement defence, gay panic is ...

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 ...

Abortion to Remain a Crime in Queensland and NSW


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Welcome to Australia, 2017, where abortion is still a crime. And it will remain that way for at least another two years in Queensland after reform legislation was pulled from parliament. Independent MP Rob Pyne has withdrawn two private member’s bills he had introduced in state parliament, one of ...

Bail Laws to be Toughened in Wake of Bourke Street Tragedy


As Australia mourns the victims of a senseless tragedy, the Victorian government has vowed to make the state ‘safer’. In the wake of last Friday’s Bourke Street tragedy which killed five people including a three-month-old baby boy and a 10-year-old girl, and left 30 people seriously injured, details are emerging about the life of alleged ...

High Court Rules that Police Interview is Inadmissible


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Richard Filihia was armed with a bowie knife when he entered a brothel on the night of October 24 2012. He stabbed the establishment’s receptionist Brian Gaudry, before fleeing with the cash he’d taken from the man’s back pocket. The receptionist subsequently died from his wounds. On the street, Filihia ...

Murder for Hire in Australia


2016 was a big year for media coverage of contract killings. The year started with the murder of Joseph Acquaro, the criminal defence lawyer for Melbourne crime boss Rocco Arico. More recently, crime figure Pasquale Barbaro lost his life in an execution-style killing. These events feed sensationalist journalism of gangland wars headed by powerful figures ...

The Murder of Police Whistle-Blower Sallie-Anne Huckstepp


A man was walking his dog through Centennial Park in Sydney on the morning of February 7, 1986 when he noticed the body of a woman floating in Busby Pond. After police were alerted, two uniformed constables rowed out and dragged her in. When detectives rolled her over on the riverbank, they realised it was 31-year ...