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Another NSW Police Officer Faces Court Over Assault Charges

by Sonia Hickey
Another senior NSW police officer is facing court accused of multiple assault offences while on duty. He has been charged with two counts of common assault and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, in relation to an incident which...

The Offence of Stalking or Intimidation in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that 30-year old, retiring South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL star Sam Burgess has been charged with stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm over an incident at around 4pm on Saturday,...

What is the Meaning of ‘Intimidate’ in the Criminal Law?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
The act of intimidation forms part of many criminal offences in NSW, and indeed across Australia. Some of the many offences containing the word intimidation, intimidatory, intimidates or intimidate appear are: Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) Section 12 – Compassing deposition...

When Can Police Arrest a Person, and How Much Force Can be Applied?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is investigating an incident during which police officers broke a man’s neck when they came to his house to tell him to turn his stereo down. The story of 47-year old Chris Karadaglis is...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Assaulting Police Officers in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Two men and two women are facing court charged with assaulting police, after fight in Potts Point led to five police officers being injured. The brawl started after a man and a woman allegedly refused to leave the Flamingo Lounge...

‘Any Extent’ of Injury Can Amount to Female Genital Mutilation, High Court finds

by Ugur Nedim
In a majority decision released today, the High Court of Australia found that a female’s genitals do not need to be ‘render[ed] imperfect or irreparably damaged in some fashion’ for the offence of female genital mutilation to be established. The...

The Law on Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 22-year old Western Australian man accused of burning a toddler with a cigarette lighter and boiling water has told Perth Magistrates Court the little girl tripped over and poured a pot of boiling noodles on herself. Jaycob Yarran, a...

Poisoning Offences in New South Wales

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
A judge in Downing Centre District Court has sentenced a 22-year old woman to a full term of 6 years in prison with a minimum of 3 years for endangering her baby’s life by administering a harmful medication. The woman...

Mentally Ill Man Dies After Being Repeatedly Tasered by NSW Police

by Sonia Hickey
30-year old Jack Kokua walked out of Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital in Sydney shortly before 1pm on 18 February 2018. Forty minutes later, he was tasered three times in less than two minutes during an altercation with police, before...

Man Awarded $400k for Police Brutality

by Sonia Hickey
Eathan Cruse has been awarded $400,000 after police entered his parents’ home, tied his hands behind his back with cable ties and bashed him repeatedly before slamming him into a fridge. As usual, taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill –...
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