Category: Common Assault

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 ...

Hazing Alive and Well in Australia


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Being encouraged to ejaculate into the shampoo bottles of females students, lighting pubic hair on fire, posting photos of the underwear of sexual ‘conquests’, and dangerous binge drinking are just some of the rituals outlined in the 211-page Red Zone Report into Australian universities, which is the product of an ...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers


Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter such as drug possession, drink driving or common assault, or accused of something as serious as ...

NSW Police Officer Found Guilty of Assault and Perjury


A New South Wales police officer who tasered a man three times and then lied about the circumstances in court has been found guilty of both common assault and perjury. The story so far In June 2013, former police sergeant Nigel Davey was on solo patrol in Nowra on the NSW South Coast, when he ...

Man Faces Prison for Allegedly Head-Butting Tony Abbott


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The man accused of head-butting Tony Abbott during his trip to Tasmania last month has had his charge upgraded. Hobart DJ Astro Labe was originally charged with common assault, but the charge against him has now been upgraded to ‘causing harm to a Commonwealth public official’, which carries a ...

An Unfair Dismissal? An Interview with Former Police Constable Hugh Brennan


We’ve reported on a number of police officers who’ve engaged in crime, corruption and other forms of misconduct, yet still been allowed to remain on the NSW Police Force. There are currently hundreds of officers on the NSW force with criminal convictions against their names, and others who are allowed to keep their badges despite ...

Scary Clowns Are No Laughing Matter


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim There is a new craze sweeping the world that has made its way to Australia, and it has police and professional clowns hopping mad. Even McDonalds’ main man, the one and only Ronald, has been forced into hiding. The craze has people dressing up as clowns and roaming the ...

Dealing with Repeat and Dangerous Offenders


Sentencing Law The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Act) is the primary legislation applicable to sentencing offenders who have committed criminal offences in New South Wales. Section 3A of the Act provides a list of the ‘purposes of sentencing’ delineated as follows: (a) To ensure that the offender is adequately punished for the offence, ...

Controlling Youth Crime: Victorian Summit May Lead to Results


Crime and youth experts have attended a Victoria Police Summit aimed at addressing issue of youth violence. The Summit was held in response to a spike in property and violent crimes – including car jackings, burglaries and larceny offences – with police struggling to control a small group of repeat offenders. Youth Crime Speaking at ...

NSW Government May Ease Lockout Laws


Key figures in the NSW government have withdrawn support for the current regime of lockout laws, including Deputy Premier Tony Grant who believes the laws are doing more harm than good; with the closure of hundreds of businesses in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross are. Mr Grant believes the laws should be relaxed to ...