Category: Malicious Damage

Parramatta courthouse

The Law on Destroying or Damaging Property in New South Wales


A 52-year old man has been arrested for destroying or damaging property after allegedly using a claw hammer to smash several glass panels near the entry to Parramatta Local Court at around 7.15pm last night. Video footage of the incident shows a man using what appears to be a hammer smashing several glass panels, before …
Bushfire

Penalty for Arson to Increase in New South Wales


The NSW Parliament passed laws overnight which will increase the maximum penalty for being reckless as to whether a fire you created spreads to public land or the private land of another person, from 14 to 25 years in prison. Putting community safety first In a press release, Attorney General Mark Speakman claimed the Community …
Sydney Criminal Lawyers team

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®


Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter such as drug possession, drink driving or common assault, or accused of something as serious …
Gold Coast

Schoolies Face Hangover From Hell


A group of ‘schoolies’ on the Gold Coast could be facing court for wilful damage after trashing a Gold Coast hotel room, ripping plaster off walls, and damaging furniture and carpets. The group went on a rampage inside a luxury penthouse at Mantra Sun City Resort on the Surfers Paradise, before posting pictures on social …
Queensland Police

Queensland Police Under Attack


The Queensland Police Union has called for an audit into security at police facilities across the state, after a spate of attacks on stations, officers and even their homes. The Courier Mail reported on November 7 that a series of Queensland police service reports suggest that members of the public have been breaking into police …
Supreme court of NSW

Appeal Court Finds GBH Sentence Inadequate, But Does Not Resentence


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 and his wife Liz returned home …
Young criminals

The Cop Who Helped Reduce Street Crime


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 years ago, he was faced with …
Prevention

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime


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 as 75% in the last 15 …
Bondi Beach

‘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

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 …