Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Driver Laughs as he Mows Down Mob of Emus


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The man suspected of running down at least a dozen terrified Emus has be identified as 20-year old Jacob Macdonald from Pinnaroo, a small town in South Australia. It has been reported that Mr Macdonald is the son of a police officer based in Albury, on the border of ...

Does Circle Sentencing Work?


Circle sentencing is an alternative form of sentencing available to adult Aboriginal offenders. It is generally used to deal with more serious crimes and often entails full community involvement as well as consideration of traditional Indigenous forms of dispute resolution and customary law. It directly involves local Aboriginal people and, according to legislation, its aims ...

Girl Who Refused to Sing Anthem Triggers Nationwide Debate


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim For many Australians, the ideals of freedom and democracy took another turn for the ‘worse’ last week when a nine year old girl was threatened with ‘suspension from school’ and criticised by politicians for daring to act in accordance with her convictions when it comes to the Australian national ...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown – Articles from 10 to 16 September 2018


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Claims of a ‘Sudanese Crime Wave’: Political Point Scoring at its Worst The claim by certain politicians that Victoria is experiencing a Sudanese ‘gang crime wave’ is unfounded. Click here to read the article Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean ...

Britain May Ban Secret Facebook Groups


British Labour Party MP, Lucy Powell, has introduced a bill into parliament which seeks to outlaw ‘secret’ online social media groups. The proposal The basis of the proposal is that these hidden groups are fertile ground for unchecked hate speech, bigotry and what has become known as ‘fake news’. The bill also seeks to ensure ...

Charges Dropped Against Whistleblower Cop


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Charges against a former Gold Coast police officer who reported on corruption in the Queensland Police Force (QPS) have been dropped, after an expert report found the evidence against him had been tampered. The incident has prompted an investigation by the state Ombudsman. Public encounter leads to prosecution Former ...

School Mistress Avoids Prison for Multiple Aggravated Sexual Assaults


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Sections of the community are calling for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to appeal the sentence of a school duty mistress who has walked free after being convicted of sexual offences involving several teenage boys in her care. The offences The 25-year old former school duty mistress at ...

New Surry Hills Children’s Court Brings Fresh Hope for Troubled Youths


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Bidura Children’s Court in Sydney has a long and fascinating history. It closed its doors last year and has since been replaced by the Surry Hill’s Children’s Court, but the old building standing and has been nominated for heritage listing, thanks in part to the discovery of an ...

Australian Journalist Imprisoned in Cambodia Seeks Royal Pardon


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A three-judge panel of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Australian journalist and documentary film-maker James Ricketson guilty of espionage on 31 August. And to the disbelief of those gathered there to support the 69-year-old, the court sentenced him to six years in prison. Following the handing down of the ...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown – Articles from 3 to 9 September 2018


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Do I have to attend the court if subpoenaed? Those who are subpoenaed to attend court or produce materials have certain rights and obligations. Click here to read the article Appeals Court Finds Sentence for Drug Offences to be Manifestly ...