Category: Assault Charges

NSW Police Face Brutality Hearing over Brutal Assault of Naked Teen


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has called for a second public hearing into the brutal arrest of a naked sixteen year old boy in the Northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay. The Commission is investigating the use of excessive force during the arrest, which occurred in ...

Prison Guards Caught Assaulting Inmates in WA Prisons


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has released graphic footage of inmates being beaten and pepper sprayed by guards in the state’s prisons. The footage, taken in 2016 and 2017, has been released as part of investigations into the mistreatment of inmates at the hands of prison ...

What is Common Assault?


The word ‘assault’ often conjures up images of a physical altercation between two or more people. And whilst pushing or striking another person without legal justification will amount to an assault, the offence of common assault in NSW does not necessarily require any physical contact at all. Where is the offence of common assault contained ...

Police Officer Stood Down for Mowing Down Pedestrian


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A senior police officer has been stood down after running down an 18-year old with a police car on a suburban street. The incident occurred in Thornleigh in Western Australia and there is currently an internal investigation underway into the officer’s actions, but footage taken by a passer-by clearly ...

The Law on Assaulting Police


It’s a common scenario, known in the legal profession as ‘the trifecta of charges’: An individual is using offensive language in a public place. They are confronted by police who act in an overbearing and aggressive manner. The situation escalates and the individual is arrested in a heavy-handed manner, experiencing significant discomfort or even unnecessary ...

Watchdog Will Refer Finding of Serious Police Misconduct to Parliament


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim An independent commission has been shown footage of several Byron Bay police officers pinning down a naked, 16-year old boy and repeatedly hitting him with a baton. The Chief Commissioner of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) said one of the officers engaged in “serious misconduct” by forcefully striking ...

Victorian Police Assault Disabled Pensioner


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Six Victorian police officers caught on CCTV camera assaulting a disabled pensioner and dousing him with capsicum spray may be suspended while the incident is being investigated. Victoria Police has released a statement advising the matter has been referred to the state’s Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC), and assuring ...

Killer Cop Charged with Murder


The police officer who shot and killed unarmed Australian woman Justine Damond last July has turned himself in to authorities. Ms Damond was wearing her pyjamas the night she was shot dead by US police officer Mohamed Noor from the passenger seat of his patrol car. Investigation The killing prompted an eight-month investigation and, while ...

More Police in Byron Bay to Get Body Cameras


After two recent incidents filmed and uploaded to social media showing police officers using heavy-handed tactics on members of the public, more officers in Byron Bay will be fitted with body cameras. The process of issuing the cameras is being fast-tracked to the far north NSW coast town, where police recently came under fire for ...

The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim What happens to pets during a domestic violence crisis? Anna Ludvik is someone who can relate numerous heart-wrenching stories about neglect, abuse and the high price of needing to stay with a beloved four legged family member. From pets tormented and tortured by abusive partners, to women who stay ...