Category: Mental Health Law

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The Defence of Mental Illness in New South Wales


Being found not guilty by reason of mental illness isn’t just the stuff of good fiction crime novels, as a recent case in the Supreme Court of New South Wales demonstrates. In that case, a 38-year old father who stabbed his 5-year old son to death was found not guilty by reason of mental illness. …
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Section 32 Mental Health Applications in New South Wales


A former partner of accounting firm KPMG has faced Manly Local Court after admitting using a corkscrew to threaten a Liberal party campaigner, punching him in the stomach while holding the object, calling him a “paedophile supporter” and tearing down election posters for Tony Abbott in the lead-up to the federal election. The lawyers for …
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Drug Charge Against Ray Hadley’s Son Dismissed Due to Mental Health


Former police officer Daniel Hadley, the son of ‘tough on crime’ radio shock-jock Ray Hadley, has had a drug charge for cocaine possession dismissed on mental health grounds. Mr Hadley was reported to have been arrested while attempting to purchase cocaine from a drug supplier at a hotel in Rouse Hill earlier this year. He was …
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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 …
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Sydney Lawyer Charged with Indecent Assault


Forty-year old Carl Harrap of Seaforth is employed as a patent and trademark attorney at the Sydney office of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. The firm’s website describes Mr Harrap as having “… particular experience and interest in assisting his clients to defend or attack patents in patent oppositions”. However, the experienced lawyer has been …
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League Star’s Alleged Stalker Claims a Mental Health Condition


The former girlfriend of rugby player Bryce Cartwright has faced Penrith Local Court to answer allegations that she used social media to stalk and make death threats against the rising NRL star. Ms Brittany Hura is alleged to have posted a video on Facebook last weekend, threatening and intimidating Cartwright after the break-up of their …
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Inmates with Mental Health Conditions


Recent decades have seen a growing recognition of the need to provide support services to those suffering from mental health conditions. Sadly, prison inmates are often left out of the discussion, despite rates of mental illness amongst those behind bars being far higher than in the general population. Mental Health of Inmates Inmates are two-and-a-half …
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Just Let Me Die: An Exclusive Interview with an Inmate Facing Life Imprisonment


Garry is facing life imprisonment in NSW for a crime he says he did not commit. His defence lawyer has told him that, at best, he could get ten to fifteen years in prison. His case has a non-publication order on it, so we can’t reveal his name or the precise nature of the allegations. …
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Mental Health Issues in the NSW Police Force


For a former NSW police officer who wants to be identified only as ‘Greg’, investigating the death of a murdered indigenous woman whose naked body was dumped in a remote ditch was the start of a rapid decline in mental health. The strain of the job, combined with the stress of the investigation, and the …
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Police Officer Imprisoned for Domestic Violence


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 former Victorian Police Officer, pleaded guilty to a total of 21 charges, which Magistrate Bob …