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Police Officer Imprisoned for Domestic Violence

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
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...

Getting a Reduced Sentence for Providing Assistance

by Ugur Nedim
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,...

Degrees of Harm in Assault Offences

by Ugur Nedim
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)...

Police Commissioner Related to Officer who ‘Washed the Blood Away’

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

Honest Cop Fights On

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

Police Investigate Outspoken Doctor

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Man Faces Court for Cutting Hair

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
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,...

RIP Presumption of Innocence: Bail Laws Getting Tougher Nationwide

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

Australian Body Needed to Investigate Wrongful Convictions

by Zeb Holmes
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...

Accused ‘Home Invasion Killer’ Released on Bail

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...
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