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11-Year Old Makes Burglar ‘Cry Like a Baby’

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
11-year old Chris Gaither was just hanging around at home with his dogs, when he heard a strange noise coming from upstairs. The quick thinking boy grabbed a knife and went to investigate, only to see an armed intruder coming...

Accused Murderer Visits Dreamworld on Bail

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Despite breaching her bail, a mentally impaired Melbourne woman accused of murder has had her bail continued, albeit on tougher conditions. Georgia Fields and two men, Jake Fairest and Warwick Toohey, are accused of murdering Robert Wright, who fell to...

Danger: ‘Superpredators’ Are Coming, Again!

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
As reported in an earlier blog, Victorian Chief Police Commissioner Graham Ashton claims that a rise in that state’s crime is largely attributable to the ‘Grand Theft Auto Generation’ – young criminals who mimic the stylised crimes in violent video...

Protecting Your Home from Intruders

by Ugur Nedim
A great deal of media attention has surrounded a recent case, where a Newcastle home-occupier was charged with murder after allegedly confronting and killing an intruder. The case has left many wondering about their rights if someone illegally enters their...

New Zealand’s ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ Policy

by Ugur Nedim
Since 2010, New Zealand has implemented a ‘three strikes policy’ to crack down on repeat offenders. The laws take power away from the courts when it comes to determining penalties for those convicted of multiple serious offences, and can lead...

Jury Convicts Aboriginal Man on Unreliable CCTV Footage

by Ugur Nedim
Imagine being convicted of a crime based on about four seconds of grainy CCTV footage taken at night. This was the reality for Aboriginal man Richard James Slater – who was unfairly convicted of several serious offences on the basis...

Don’t Post Your Holiday Snaps Before Reading This

by Ugur Nedim
Posting holiday snaps onto social media may seem like a fairly innocent exercise – but according to experts, it can make families more susceptible to burglary. A recent survey conducted by insurer GIO has revealed that around half of us...

Australia’s Top 5 Dumbest Criminals

by Ugur Nedim
Some people come up with ingenious ways to get away with crimes – but not all offenders are the sharpest tools in the shed. Here we take a look at 5 of Australia’s dumbest offenders. 1. Drug Dealer’s Stupid Selfie...

Courts Show No Leniency Towards Drug Addicted Offenders

by Ugur Nedim
A recent case in Downing Centre District Court illustrates the way in which the courts deal with drug addicted people who commit crime to support their habit. In R v Ligaiviu [2015], the offender’s addiction to crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’,...

Am I Guilty if I Wasn’t Directly Involved in a Crime?

by Ugur Nedim
If your friend carries out a bank robbery and you’re not directly involved in it, could you still be charged with the same offence? It might seem unfair, but in certain situations, the answer is yes – for instance, if...
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