Category: Murder / Manslaughter

The Far-Right’s Assault on LGBTIQ Communities


In another development in the current global shift to the far-right, the world’s fourth largest democracy Brazil elected extremely divisive presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro to office on October 28. And as seems to be part and parcel of the right-wing agenda, Bolsonaro’s campaign rhetoric was riddled with anti-LGBTIQ rhetoric, along with attacks on women, African ...

Angry Anderson’s Son Bashed to Death


It has been reported that Liam Anderson, the 26-year old son of Rose Tattoo lead singer Gary “Angry” Anderson, was bashed to death during a violent altercation at the corner of Pavilion Street and Bridge Road, Queenscliff, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches early this morning. Police are yet to confirm the identity of the deceased,  but ...

Sydney Criminal Lawyer Charged with Accessory to Murder


It has been reported that 38-year old Sydney criminal defence lawyer Ali Abbas was formally arrested at Surry Hills Police Station at around 6am today, and charged with being an accessory after the fact of the murder of 15-year old Braydon Dillon on Good Friday last year. It has further been reported that police papers ...

Sydney Offices and Home of Criminal Lawyer Raided by Police


It has been reported that homicide detectives executed a search warrant at around 2pm today on the Castlereagh Street, Sydney offices of criminal defence lawyer Ali Abbas in relation to last year’s shooting death of 15-year old Brayden Dillon. Investigators from Strike Force Wongala seized a number of boxes of materials from the fourth floor ...

Diplomatic Immunity is Being Abused Worldwide


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, Turkey has triggered debate about the potential for misuse of diplomatic immunity by governments and rogue diplomats. The Khashoggi case Mr Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian national and Washington Post journalist known for being critical of ...

What are Standard Non-Parole Periods in New South Wales?


A ‘standard non-parole parole period’ (SNPP) is a guidepost or reference point for a sentencing judge when he or she is deciding how long a person must spend behind bars (called the ‘non-parole period’) before being eligible to apply for release from prison to serve the remainder of his or her sentence in the community ...

Queensland Legalises Abortion, While NSW Continues Criminalisation


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim In what’s being hailed as a ‘historic vote’, the Queensland parliament has resolved to repeal an antiquated section of the state’s criminal code that considers the termination of a pregnancy to be an “offence against morality”. The code was written more than 100 years ago, well before women had ...

Court Upholds 30-Year Prison Sentence for Domestic Murder


On 21 September 2018, the Australian Capital Territory Court of Appeal dismissed Magad Al-Harazi’s appeal against the severity of his 30-year sentence for murdering his wife Sabah Al-Mdwali. The relationship The couple met in 2005 and married in Yemen a year later. Mrs Al-Mdwali migrated to Canberra with her parents and siblings in 2007, and ...

The Foetal Manslaughter Debate. Should Unborn Babies be Separately Protected?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Currently in New South Wales, a person who destroys a foetus can be charged with causing grievous bodily harm against the mother, but not with a separate crime such as manslaughter or murder against the unborn baby. However, a recent collision which caused the death of a 23-year old ...

Calls for Tougher Laws Against Industrial Manslaughter


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim There is a growing push for the introduction of industrial manslaughter to be introduced as a discrete offence across Australia, in order to prescribe harsh penalties for acts or omissions by employers that result in the deaths of their employees. The calls come in the wake of revelations that ...