Category: Criminal Law

Berejiklian’s Answer to Falling Crime: Intensify Policing and Fill Prisons


Despite the NSW government’s tough-on-crime stance, increasing investment in police numbers and the expansion in capacity of state correctional facilities, as well as a perception within the community that the streets are getting less safe, crime’s not on the rise in NSW. NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures released last week reveal that ...

Is Polygamy a Crime in Australia?


There are many nations where it is perfectly legal to marry more than one spouse, normally more than one wife. These countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, The Gambia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi ...

NSW Police Want the Unappealable Right to Shut Down Music Festivals


The NSW Police Force (NSWPF) is intensifying its already full throttle assault on music festivals. Not only does it want to saturate events with officers and turn away punters even though they are not in possession of illegal drugs, but it now wants the power to terminate festivals no questions asked. Despite the NSW Land and Environment ...

Video Games Lead to Violence


24-year old Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League star Dylan Walker is facing Manly Local Court today charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault against his fiancée of the same age, Alexandra Ivkovic, last Thursday evening. Emergency services were called to the couple’s Dee Why home after Walker allegedly yanked the mother of ...

Can NSW Police Demand Phone and Computer Passwords?


By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes It has been reported that police in the United States compelled a suspect to unlock his iPhone X using its facial recognition technology, triggering debate about the legality of forcing people to unlock devices using their password or biometric capabilities. The United States case During a search of the ...

More Music Festival Overdoses, But Still No Pill Testing


Another music festival, another death from a drug overdose – and the festival season is just beginning. 19-year Callum Brosnan from Baulkham Hills is dead and three other young adults are in critical conditions after suspected drug overdoses at the “Knockout Games of Destiny” dance festival at Sydney Showground on Saturday night. Callum was found ...

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


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker A woman has launched a private criminal prosecution after police refused to bring charges against her former partner for allegedly dowsing her with petrol and threatening to set ...

Tough New Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A range of tough new laws to combat child sexual abuse in NSW came into effect on 1 December, which complete one of the most comprehensive overhauls of the state’s criminal laws in history. The recently enacted laws follow a number other child sex reforms which commenced in late ...

Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Woman


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A serving Victorian policeman has been found not guilty of four assault charges after he smashed his way into a woman’s home together with seven other officers 22 years ago, punched her up to seven times in the face and broke her nose. The incident Now 49-year old leading ...

Priest Successfully Appeals Conviction for Covering-Up Child Sexual Abuse


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Former Adelaide Archbishop Phillip Wilson has walked free after a judge upheld his appeal against conviction for concealing a serious indictable offence – being sexual assaults committed by fellow priest and convicted child sex offender, James Fletcher. The former Archbishop did not appear in court, but watched he judgement ...