Category: Murder / Manslaughter

Victims of Crime May Be Given Access to Perpetrators’ Super Funds


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Federal Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, has announced a review of the laws governing superannuation with a view to allowing victims of crime to access the funds of perpetrators. Ms O’Dwyer noted that the rules regarding the early release of superannuation have changed very little since 1977, ...

Men Imprisoned Over Death of Lynette Daley


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Two men have been sentenced to imprisonment over the violent sexual assault and death of 33-year old Lynette Daley. Ms Daley died from injuries sustained during a sexual act committed by her ‘on-again-off-again’ boyfriend, 43-year old Adrian Attwater and his 47-year old friend Paul Maris, during a camping trip ...

Suspected Murderer Evades Fresh Prosecution


He admitted burying his boyfriend’s body. He directed police to its whereabouts. He lied repeatedly under oath. But because of double-jeopardy laws and deal struck with police, murder suspect Michael Atkins will never go to prison for his actions. The story so far Matthew Leveson was just 20 when he died in 2007 after a ...

Scott Johnson’s Death Finally Determined a Gay Hate Crime


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The third coronial inquiry into the death of Scott Johnson reported last Thursday that the 27-year-old US mathematician died as a result of a gay hate crime in December 1988. The conclusion has put to rest years of speculation that the earlier finding of suicide was incorrect. From the late 1970s and ...

Pistorius Appeal Leads to a Longer Prison Term


The story captivated the globe – a handsome Paralympic Gold medallist, his glamorous model girlfriend and the mystery surrounding her killing. Now, the South African Court of Appeal has more than doubled Oscar Pistorius’ sentence. Last year, millions watched as the ‘Bladerunner’ was found guilty of shooting and killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on ...

Murder by Proxy: The Death of Charles Manson


Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers in modern history, passed away of natural causes last Sunday, after spending close to half a century behind bars. But what many don’t realise is that he was never convicted of killing anyone with his own hands. Manson was the strangely charismatic leader of a cult known ...

Dying With Dignity Laws on the Horizon


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Terminally ill Victorians will have the right to take their own lives from 2019 onwards if end-of-life legislation passes through the upper house. Following a four day debate in the Legislative Assembly, a landmark assisted dying bill was approved on October 20. Lower house politicians proposed over 300 amendments ...

High Court Dismisses Appeal Against Attempted Murder Charge


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 28 April 2012, ex-Bandido biker club member Jacques Teamo walked into a Sony store in the Gold Coast’s Robina Town Centre mall accompanied by his two sons. Mark James Graham from rival club, the Mongols, was walking by and noticed Mr Teamo in the store. Mr Graham felt for ...

Pine Gap: Enabling the US to Kill Civilians


If you ever find yourself in Alice Springs, try driving 18 kilometres south-west and you might spot Pine Gap, a small military base on the fringes of the city. Its purpose has been clouded in secrecy since it was established in 1970, but thanks to a joint investigation by the ABC’s Background Briefing and the ...

Police DNA Bungle Clears Alleged Child Abusing Priest


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Victorian Police have admitted a major bungle of DNA evidence that led to several key suspects being ruled out as suspects in the brutal 1980 murder of Melbourne mother Maria James. The murder investigation hinged on a bloodied pillowcase, which was used to establish the DNA profile of the ...