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Murder / Manslaughter

Convicted Multiple Child Murderer to Have Case Reassessed

by Sonia Hickey
A woman convicted of killing her four children will have the case against her reassessed after the New South Wales Attorney-General recommended a fresh look at her case.  The story so far… In 2003 Kathleen Folbigg was convicted of the murder of...

Chris Dawson to Face Judge-Alone Trial for the Alleged Murder of his Wife

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The former footballer and high school teacher is facing criminal proceedings for the alleged murder of his wife, who mysteriously disappeared in 1982.  Since Lynnette Dawson’s disappearance, there have been two coronial inquests and several police investigations, as well as...

Dangerous Driver Who Killed Pregnant Woman Wins Appeal

by Sonia Hickey
The court heard that Richard Moananu began drinking about 10am on 28 September 2018 before getting behind the wheel of his silver Mazda at around 6.45pm.  He collided head on into a car carrying a young man and his pregnant...

What is a ‘Stay of Proceedings’ in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former rugby league player Chris Dawson will stand trial for allegedly murdering his wife Lynette Dawson 40 years ago. Mr Dawson pleaded not guilty to murder charges laid against him in 2018. He was scheduled to stand trial in February...

Will the Death of Hannah Clarke and Her Children Bring Real Change?

by Sonia Hickey
Last week, the Coronial Inquest into the death of Hannah Clarke and her three children – who burned to death after her estranged husband set the family car alight before killing himself was finalised after 9 days of hearings in...

Criminal Offences Relating to Filicide in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
The coronial inquest into the death of Hannah Clarke is well underway in Queensland. Over the past few weeks, the inquest has heard evidence of Hannah’s former partner’s violent tendencies, his increasingly erratic behaviour, the numerous formal complaints made by...

Sydney Man Charged with Murder Over Boarding House Fire

by Sonia Hickey
A 45-year old Sydney man is facing murder charges over a fire inside Vadja House, a boarding house in Newtown, at around 1am on Tuesday, 15 March 2022. Three people died in the blaze and eight managed to escape, although...

Kumanjayi Walker Murder Trial Stayed as High Court Considers “Good Faith” Defence

by Paul Gregoire
NT police constable Zachary Rolfe entered the family home of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu on 9 November 2019, in an attempt to arrest the 19-year-old Warlpiri man over having breached the conditions of a suspended sentence. Despite the local police...

Sydney Brothers Charged Over Alleged Gangland Murder

by Sonia Hickey
Two brothers have been arrested and charged over the shooting of alleged senior member of the Hamzy drug trafficking and organised crime network, Mejid Hamzy, last year. 38-year old Ezzedine Omar is facing 17 charges, including murder, eight counts of...

Passenger Charged with Murder After Police Officer Struck and Killed

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The tragic death of a police officer who was struck by a car last weekend has triggered debate about whether a passenger in a car should be considered legally responsible for the conduct of the driver, and well as raised...
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