Category: Going to Prison

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Police Officer Imprisoned for Domestic Violence


Shaun Perry stared at his estranged wife and children as he learned he would spend more than two-and-a-half years behind bars for offences including spitting in his wife’s face, pulling her hair, and assaulting her with a weapon. Perry, a former Victorian Police Officer, pleaded guilty to a total of 21 charges, which Magistrate Bob …
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Getting a Reduced Sentence for Providing Assistance


Where appropriate, criminal lawyers are required to advise clients that helping police with their inquiries may result in a reduced sentence. That said, lawyers are certainly permitted to explain the potential risks and requirements associated with giving assistance. For example, police don’t always do what they promise – whereas they may assure a defendant they …
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Degrees of Harm in Assault Offences


Assault charges are differentiated by a number of factors, including whether the act was done ‘recklessly’ or ‘intentionally’, and the extent of injury (if any) caused. ‘Common assault’ is an offence under section 61 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) which can occur without any touching at all; just causing another person to ‘apprehend immediate …
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Police Commissioner Related to Officer who ‘Washed the Blood Away’


For four years, former police Sergeant Rick Flori has been fighting allegations that he engaged in ‘misconduct in public office’ – a criminal offence which carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment – by leaking CCTV footage of four Queensland police officers brutally bashing Gold Coast man Noa Begic in the basement carpark of …
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Honest Cop Fights On


Former Police Sergeant Rick Flori has been fighting to clear his name for more than four years. A Southport Magistrate has now ordered that his fight will continue – in a committal hearing late last week, Magistrate Michael Hogan ruled that Mr Flori has a case to answer, and that there is enough evidence for …
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Police Investigate Outspoken Doctor


A former detention centre psychiatrist who spoke out about the death of a detainee on Manu Island was put under criminal investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for being critical of the medical care given to the man, who died after a cut on his leg became infected. The medical records of Hamid Khazaei, …
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Man Faces Court for Cutting Hair


After several weeks of investigation and extensive examination of CCTV footage, Police have charged a 19-year old man with assault, after he allegedly used scissors to cut off a fellow passenger’s hair on public transport last month. The bizarre incident, which left the teenaged victim shaken and distressed, happened on a bus travelling from Clovelly, …
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RIP Presumption of Innocence: Bail Laws Getting Tougher Nationwide


We have written extensively about our state’s tough new bail laws, which have seen the NSW prison population skyrocket, causing overcrowding and associated problems. NSW is not the only state to get tough on bail – similar trends are being experienced by other Australian states and territories, with government’s intent on making it increasingly difficult …
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Australian Body Needed to Investigate Wrongful Convictions


Legal experts have called for the establishment of a new national body to investigate possible wrongful convictions, which would work in a similar way to the review body in the UK. Flinders University law lecturer Bibi Sangha believes such a body is desperately needed to examine convictions based upon dubious evidence. Questionable forensic evidence resulted …
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Accused ‘Home Invasion Killer’ Released on Bail


Accused ‘burglar killer’ Ben Batterham says he is ‘very relieved’ to be out of custody, after being granted bail by Magistrate Robert Stone in Newcastle Local Court yesterday. Battherham was granted bail on a $200,000 security. He will need to abstain from alcohol and drugs, report daily to police and live in an undisclosed location …