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Appeal Court Finds GBH Sentence Inadequate, But Does Not Resentence

by Paul Gregoire & 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...

The Cop Who Helped Reduce Street Crime

by Sonia Hickey & 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...

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime

by Zeb Holmes & 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...

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

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Brexit Vote Leads to Surge in Hate Crimes

by Zeb Holmes
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...

Islamic College Targeted by Hate Criminals

by Ugur Nedim
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...

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...

Political Correctness, Racial Profiling and Policing

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Art or a crime? Acclaimed Street Artist Faces Graffiti Charges

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Stars of Australian Sport on the Wrong Side of the Law

by Ugur Nedim
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....
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