Category: Robbery Offences

NSW Crimes Rates are the Lowest in 40 Years


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Crime rates across NSW have dropped to their lowest in 40 years. The latest annual report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that most major categories of crime have fallen or remained steady over the 24 months to December 2016. Specific Crime Rate ...

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 ...

Government to Deport Alleged Apex Gang Members


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim According to Victoria police, a good way to deal with the state’s crime problem is to deport young adult gang members. A parliamentary body is also considering whether those under the age of 18 can also be turfed out of the country. A list of people who are said ...

Objection! That’s Hearsay.


We’ve all heard rumours which don’t seem to originate from the person who actually observed the subject event. And while we all have a general understanding of what hearsay means – information received from others which cannot be substantiated- the term has a precise and technical meaning in the legal context. Although hearsay evidence is ...

Neddy Smith: A Career in Crime


Standing at 6ft 6in, Arthur “Neddy” Smith – the infamous standover man – had a menacing aura. He was a leading underworld figure during the mid-1980s Sydney drug wars. And he drove fear into all he encountered. Today, the 72-year-old former armed robber and heroin dealer is serving two life sentences in Lithgow prison and his ...

The Santa Claus Bank Heist


Santa Claus walks into a bank brandishing a pistol. He’s also got a sack, but he’s not looking to distribute any gifts. He’s flanked by three helpers, but they’re hardly elfish-types. Two of them are ex-cons, while the other is a family man looking to make a quick buck. It happened at around noon on December ...

Employee Defeats Robbers with Frogs


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Police are calling for assistance after a trio of armed robbers in Aberdare, near Cessnock, had their plans foiled by flying packs of red frogs. The would-be thieves learnt the hard way that crime doesn’t pay, when a quick thinking service station attendant began pelting them with bags filled ...

The Carjackers Who Couldn’t Drive


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Police on the Northern Beaches of Sydney are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an attempted carjacking went wrong last week. Two men threatened a woman and forced her out of a 2001 Holden Barina, as she was parked on the Western side of Pittwater Road at Dee ...

Crime Figure Shoots Himself in Testicle


Smoking is a dangerous habit, just ask Omar Chaouk. The son of the late Melbourne underworld boss, Macchour Chaouk, accidentally shot himself in the right testicle when reaching into his pocket for a cigarette, firing his pistol instead. Omar Chaouk faced the County Court in Melbourne this week over the incident, charged with illegal possession ...

Robbery Rife in Rio


As the Olympic Games get into full swing and all eyes focus on Rio, the city’s underbelly has its sights firmly set on tourists. A Brazilian newspaper has reported that an average of 15 foreign tourists are falling victim to violent crimes every day since the Athlete’s Village opened at the end of July. The ...