Category: Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

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Mum Faces Court After Leaving Kids Home-Alone


A 28-year-old stepmother has been arrested after leaving her children home-alone while she flew out of the country. Speaking through an interpreter, she said the children’s passports didn’t arrive on time, forcing her to leave them at home while she sought to fix the situation. She feels police have no business interfering with her decision, saying …
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Australians Sick of ‘Coward Punch’ Attacks


By January 2014, Australians were sick and tired of young people’s lives being destroyed by mindless violence during nights of heavy drinking. Devastating one punch attacks, which were then referred to as “king hits”, were causing increasing concern. At that time, 18-year-old Daniel Christie (above) was in a critical condition after being attacked by a …
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Man Faces Court for Allegedly Spreading HIV


The Downing Centre Court has only been open for two weeks since the summer break, but has already seen its fair share of interesting cases. Perhaps one of the most disturbing so far is that of a man accused of infecting his boyfriend with HIV and failing to forewarn other sexual partners about his condition. …
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Police Officer Assaults Cyclist


In the latest scandal to rock the NSW Police Force, a police officer has reportedly been observed pushing a cyclist off a bike on a busy intersection in peak hour traffic, endangering his safety and causing minor injuries. Witnesses report that the officer, who was patrolling the intersection of College and William Streets in the …
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Ten Celebrity Arrests


They might live a life of glitz and glamour, but A-list stars have a knack of finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. The mega trials of Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson and the ‘Blade Runner’ are known to all, so we’ve compiled a list of ten other celebrities who’ve had run in’s with …
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Parents Behaving Badly: the ‘Ugly Parent Syndrome’


The term ‘Ugly Parent Syndrome’ is used to describe parents who are verbally and/or physically abusive while supervising children. It is most often witnessed at children’s sports events. Parents yelling at their kids, swearing at referees, and abusing other participants are all common behaviours of the ‘ugly parent’. A recent incident of ugly parent syndrome …
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Prison Staff Who Commit Crimes


When you hear about crime happening in prisons, you probably tend to think it’s the inmates, right? Well, it’s not just the prisoners. Prison staff can also be involved, as these two recent cases appear to demonstrate. Trade instructor convicted of sexual assaults Earlier this month, the case of David Howard Peter Wright was brought …
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Rights Abused While in Police Custody


The safety and wellbeing of people being held in police custody is again in the spotlight with shocking allegations emerging that a woman was held for 16 hours at Ballarat police station in regional Victoria, and not provided with any water to drink. According to court documents, she eventually became so desperately thirsty that she …
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Are Police Misusing their Power to Arrest?


One of our previous blogs discussed the case of a Sydney criminal lawyer who successfully sued the NSW police service after being wrongfully arrested on a train. There have been several other cases of wrongful arrest in NSW in recent years, raising concerns that certain police officers are misusing their powers of arrest. One case …
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Many of Those Who Are Charged By Police Are Innocent – Example: Assault Charges and Self-Defence


Being charged with assault can be a stressful experience, especially if you were acting to defend yourself against an aggressor. The scene of an alleged assault can be messy and confusing, and some people handle themselves better than others when it comes to speaking with police just after a traumatic incident. To complicate things further, …