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Higher Bail Threshold and Monitoring Devices Proposed for Alleged Domestic Violence Offending

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The New South Wales government’s latest response to the epidemic of domestic violence across the state is to make it harder for those charged with domestic violence offences to achieve bail and to require monitoring devices to be worn by...

Assault Offences Across Australia

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The word ‘assault’ often conjures up images of a physical altercation between two or more people, such as a bar fight or even domestic violence. Whilst such actions can certainly amount to the offence of assault, the conduct which may...

Police Officer Who Fatally Tasered 95-Year Old Excused From Attending Court

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The New South Wales police officer who fatally tasered 95-year old grandmother, Clare Nowland, has faced Cooma Local Court, where the presiding magistrate expressed “absolute disgust” for the fact the officer, 33-year old senior constable Kristian White, was allowed to...

NSW Police Officer Found Guilty of Assault For Slamming Teen to the Ground

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A New South Wales Police Officer has been found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after slamming a 16-year old Indigenous youth into the ground in Sydney’s inner suburbs. The defended hearing took place in Downing Centre Local Court...

Can Consensual Choking for Sexual Pleasure Amount to a Criminal Offence in NSW?

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Sexual choking is an increasingly common “kink” involving the squeezing of a partner’s neck during sexual activity.  This activity carries the risk of harming or even causing the death of the person upon whom the force is applied, especially if...

Supreme Court Overrules Magistrate’s ‘Emotional’ Decision

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The NSW Supreme Court has overturned a Local Court Magistrate’s decision to dismiss assault charges and an apprehended violence order brought against a school teacher for striking an unruly student, as he was found to have based his decision on...

Is BDSM a Criminal Offence in New South Wales?

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New South Wales man James-Robert Davis is facing several fresh criminal charges after having already spent 21 months behind bars on remand over what has been described as an “obedient BDSM relationship” with numerous women. The alleged leader of ‘House...

What Amounts to Self-Defence in New South Wales?

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Self-defence is a ‘complete defence’ to a criminal charge, which means you are entitled to a verdict of not guilty if it applies in your case. Where is the defence contained in the law? The defence is contained in section 418...

What Are the Penalties for Choking Another Person Without Consent?

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A British man who violently assaulted a woman after meeting her on the popular dating app, Tinder, has been sent to prison. An English court heard that 32-year old Benjamin Flatters attended his female victim’s home on 23 June 2022,...

Criminal Conviction Recorded Against Child Over Brutal Attack

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The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal has reversed a judge’s decision not to record a conviction after a 15-year old teenage girl who pleaded guilty to charges including take and detain with the intention of obtaining an advantage,...
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