Category: Malicious Damage

Appeal Court Finds GBH Sentence Inadequate, But Does Not Resentence


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At 6.43 pm on 6 February 2015, Craig Lulham sent a text message to Bill, the husband of his friend Allison’s mother. It stated, “Bring the cops. I don’t care. It won’t stop me from smashing you are [sic] face in, even when I get kicked out.” As Bill ...

The Cop Who Helped Reduce Street Crime


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Rather than employing heavy-handed tactics and a punitive approach when dealing with anti-social teens, police in the Western Sydney suburb of Blacktown have been tackling youth crime a different way. And the results speak for themselves. When police superintendent Mark Wright first took up his post in Blacktown many ...

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 ...

‘Not White, Not Right’ – Racist Graffiti Scrawled Across Iconic Bondi


The eastern Sydney suburb of Bondi is a tourist Mecca, attracting millions of visitors from all over Australia and abroad each year. The area showcases the best of our nation – a world famous beach with glowing white sand, a range of food outlets and top restaurants, retail stores selling everything from Australiana to Tibetan ...

Brexit Vote Leads to Surge in Hate Crimes


Since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, police in London have made 75% more arrests for hate crimes. In weeks before and after the vote, the number of reported hate crimes has surged by 42 per cent – with 3076 incidents in the fortnight from June 16, an increase of 915 offences on the ...

Islamic College Targeted by Hate Criminals


In the latest of several recent anti-Islamic crimes, a four-wheel drive has been firebombed and racist graffiti sprayed at the Australian Islamic College in WA, while hundreds prayed at a nearby Mosque. The attack has led to calls for greater police efforts to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of hate crimes, and the extension of anti-discrimination ...

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 ...

Political Correctness, Racial Profiling and Policing


Last weekend saw groups of young people rioting through the city of Melbourne, disrupting the city’s annual Moomba family festival. Melbourne police reported that the property damage and violence carried out towards festivalgoers was largely the work of the Apex gang. While Apex originally comprised young men of Sudanese descent, Southern Metro Assistant Police Commissioner ...

Art or a crime? Acclaimed Street Artist Faces Graffiti Charges


Acclaimed Australian artist, Anthony Lister, whose works appear in the homes of celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Pink, and Pharrell Williams, appeared in a Brisbane court recently, charged with wilful damage by graffiti. Hailed as “Brisbane’s Banksy”, Mr Lister is widely known and well regarded for his legal street art, which adds bold and unapologetic colour ...

Stars of Australian Sport on the Wrong Side of the Law


Our sporting stars are admired by millions of Australians, but this does not mean they are out of the law’s long reach. Here we share the stories of five icons of Australian sport who have recently faced criminal charges. 1. Shaun Kenny-Dowall – Domestic Violence The Roosters NRL club has performed well in recent years ...