Category: Assault Charges

The Far-Right’s Assault on LGBTIQ Communities


In another development in the current global shift to the far-right, the world’s fourth largest democracy Brazil elected extremely divisive presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro to office on October 28. And as seems to be part and parcel of the right-wing agenda, Bolsonaro’s campaign rhetoric was riddled with anti-LGBTIQ rhetoric, along with attacks on women, African ...

Teen Charged with Causing Grievous Bodily Harm


By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey A 17-year-old boy has been charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, after allegedly confessing to slashing a young schoolgirl’s face. Girl allegedly slashed on the way to school The 12-year old girl is alleged to have been walking through a pedestrian tunnel on her way to ...

The Foetal Manslaughter Debate. Should Unborn Babies be Separately Protected?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Currently in New South Wales, a person who destroys a foetus can be charged with causing grievous bodily harm against the mother, but not with a separate crime such as manslaughter or murder against the unborn baby. However, a recent collision which caused the death of a 23-year old ...

Is Hazing a Criminal Offence?


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim As stories continue to emerge of dangerous and sadistic initiation rituals on University campuses, it’s interesting to explore where ‘hazing’ stands in terms of the law in New South Wales. Earlier this year, the Red Zone Report into Australian universities was published by the organisation ‘End Rape on Campus’, ...

Your Domestic Violence Leave Entitlements


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Fair Work Commission (FWC) introduced unpaid domestic violence leave earlier this year, changing the workplace entitlements of millions of workers on modern awards. From the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018, these employees were given the opportunity to take up to 5 days of ...

Ambos Under Attack: Paramedics Twice as Likely as Police to be Assaulted


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim In the wake of a spate of violent attacks on paramedics and emergency service workers, the Health Services Union (HSU) is calling for frontline staff to be fitted with body cameras in an attempt to deter would-be offenders and capture incidents as they occur. Latest incident Paramedics were called ...

Should Players Face Charges for On-Field Assaults?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The recent ‘king-hit’ by West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff has triggered debate about whether on the field violence that is outside the rules of the game should result in charges for assault. Mr Gaff broke the jaw of Fremantle player Andrew Brayshaw in an unprovoked attack away from play. ...

Citizens’ Group to Fight Police Corruption


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Many believe the culture of misconduct in the Queensland Police Force (QPS) is worse than ever before, even poorer than prior to the state’s 1987 Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption. Despite recommendations for better accountability mechanisms, police in Queensland – and indeed across Australia – have largely been left ...

NSW Police Force Ordered to Pay $124,000 over Brutal Arrest


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New South Wales taxpayers will once again foot the bill after an officer unlawfully and brutally arrested a 17-year old outside a bakery at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. A District Court judge has ordered the government to pay the now 21-year old man $124,000 in compensation, after finding ...

NSW Police Officer May Face Criminal Charges Over Brutal Assault


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Byron Bay police officer who struck a naked teenager 18 times with his baton during a violent arrest could lose his job and potentially face assault charges over the incident. In his closing submission at the second of two hearings by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) into ...