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The Criminal Offence of Vehicular Manslaughter Across Australia

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Driving on our roads carries a number of risks and responsibilities, and failing to comply with the road rules can land a driver on the wrong side of the law – potentially amounting to a traffic offence. And while a...

The Criminal Offence of Murder Across Australia

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The crime of murder is generally considered the most serious offence in criminal law. But what exactly is the offence of murder? What are the ‘elements’ (or ingredients) that the prosecution must prove beyond beyond reasonable doubt before the offence...

Assaults, Extortion and Murder are Common Across Australian Prisons

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Two men have been charged with the offences of murder and extortion over the death of Benn Schinkel at Queensland’s Capricornia Correctional Centre in Rockhampton last year.  The three men were inmates at the time Benn Schrinkel was found unresponsive,...

NSW Police Officer Faces Manslaughter Charges for Fatally Tasering Great Grandmother

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Many have welcomed the upgrading of charges against the New South Wales police officer  the man whose tasering of a great grandmother at a nursing home resulted in her death. An internal police investigation initially led to 33-year old senior...

Saw X: What Criminal Offences Could Jigsaw Be Charged With?

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Horror fans have been treated with a new entry in the Saw franchise with Saw X hitting cinemas earlier this month. The series follows the twisted efforts of civil engineer John Kramer, also known as Jigsaw, as he “tests” unlucky...

Can Obtaining Another’s Consent Be Used as a Murder Defence?

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Just  a few weeks short of Halloween in 1996, 35-year-old  Sharon Lopatka left her home in Maryland USA, leaving her husband a note which simply read: If my body is never retrieved, don’t worry: know that I’m at peace Lopatka...

Airbags That Kill: Can Manufacturers Be Found Guilty of a Criminal Offence?

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This article refers to a recent Australian announcement of yet another fatal airbag concern, and although the investigation is in its early stages, we shall explore the company involved and revisit the previous situation with the Japanese company Takata corporation,...

Contract Killings: Arranging Murders for Vengeance, or Political, Social or Financial Gain

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This article will discuss the evolution and use of a specific category of the offence of murder known as contract killings, also known as arranged or paid assassinations. We will take you through several examples of these offences throughout history, their...

What is an Extended Joint Criminal Enterprise?

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A murder trial in the Supreme Court of New South Wales involving five co-defendants has been aborted after a High Court decision raised doubts whether the prosecution could continue. Lisa Anne Price, Joseph Nehme, Bilal Rahim, Viliami Taufahema and Sherene...

There’s a Dire Need for a National Forensic Science Authority

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Sue Neill-Fraser is currently living in the Tasmanian community under strict parole condtions, including having to wear an ankle bracelet, which will continue on for another decade, in relation to the murder of her de facto partner Bob Chappell on...
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