Category: Stealing / Larceny Offences

Woman Imprisoned for Consuming Soft Drink in Store


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim An Indigenous woman has been sentenced to 3 months in prison for consuming a soft drink inside a rural grocery store. It’s just one example of the harsh and unfair punishments which are regularly handed-down to Indigenous Australians, contributing to their overrepresentation in prisons. The 29-year old woman drank ...

NSW Lawyer Steals Over $300,000 From Clients


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Another NSW lawyer has been struck off the roll of legal practitioners. Although, it’s not a common occurrence, there are lawyers who breach their professional obligations and commit serious offences against their very own clients. And when it does happen, the consequences can be dire. Ms Tereze Dzitars recently found ...

NSW Crimes Rates are the Lowest in 40 Years


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Crime rates across NSW have dropped to their lowest in 40 years. The latest annual report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that most major categories of crime have fallen or remained steady over the 24 months to December 2016. Specific Crime Rate ...

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Sydney criminologist believes that the implementation of preventative and diversionary strategies is the primary reason for most categories of crime declining across the state in recent years. Dr Garner Clancey, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, points out that many offences have fallen by as much ...

Sydney Lawyer Struck Off for Stealing Client Funds


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim A Sydney solicitor has been ‘struck off’ after the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found he grossly overcharged, misled and stole money from clients. Professional misconduct Last week, 86-year old Bruce Hocking was removed from the roll of lawyers when NCAT ruled he is “no longer a fit and ...

Government to Deport Alleged Apex Gang Members


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim According to Victoria police, a good way to deal with the state’s crime problem is to deport young adult gang members. A parliamentary body is also considering whether those under the age of 18 can also be turfed out of the country. A list of people who are said ...

Fire Fighters Targeted by Thieves While Putting Their Lives at Risk


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim. Mangoola Rural Fire Brigade worked tirelessly last week to protect the Hunter Community from several large blazes. The volunteers selflessly put themselves between raging fires and property in an attempt to keep people, livestock and homes out of harm’s way. Despite their brave work, firies returned from their campaign ...

One Nation Senator Referred to High Court


Australian attorney-general George Brandis announced on Wednesday that the Coalition plans to refer One Nation senator Rod Culleton to a High Court probe on Monday. The investigation will consider whether the Western Australian senator was eligible to be elected to parliament. A former associate of Culleton’s, Bruce Bell filed an action against the senator on ...

Beware: Supermarket Giants Are Cracking Down on Shoplifting


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Fed up with shoppers stealing from its self-serve checkouts, supermarket giant Coles is considering the introduction of new technology to tackle shoplifting. The proposed new scanning machines will use advanced recognition software to identify specific fruits at vegetables by their weight and image. While Coles is yet to confirm ...

The Profile of a Shoplifter


There has been a great deal of media attention on the recent rise in supermarket shoplifting, with this form of larceny being made easier by the advent of self-serve checkouts. ANU criminologist Emmeline Taylor says anonymous surveys suggest that up to one-third of shoppers knowingly manipulated self-serve checkouts. But omitted from the discussion is the ...