Category: Murder / Manslaughter

Thirty Six Women Have Been Violently Killed in Australia This Year


Last Sunday, two women were killed in acts of violence perpetrated on opposite sides of the country. At around 4 am that morning, NSW police attended a Griffith residence to find 27-year-old Nicole Wetzler dead in a rear shed on the property. A few hours later 35-year-old Ashley Alchin was arrested and taken to Griffith police station, ...

NSW Police Enabled Gay Hate Murders


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim It was well known during the last three decades of the twentieth century that violent attacks were regularly being perpetrated upon members of the Sydney LGBTIQ community – especially gay men and trans women. ACON, then the AIDS Council of NSW, kept records of these gay hate incidents, which ...

The Impact of Social Media on a Fair Trial


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Social media can be a source of information and leisure, a way to connect with other people and a means to express views about a range of subjects – including those which invoke emotions such as anger and disgust. But legal experts are warning social media users to be ...

Calls for New Offence of ‘Industrial Manslaughter’


Families of deceased Victorian workers are leading the campaign for a new offence of industrial manslaughter to make corporate bosses responsible for deaths resulting from workplace negligence. 21-year old Jack Brownlee and 34-year old Charlie Howkins were laying pipes at a worksite in the Ballarat suburb of Delabombe when the trench collapsed, killing Mr Brownlee ...

Anti-Woman Movement Appears to Have Incited Toronto Attack


Alek Minassian ploughed a rented van into pedestrians along a 2 kilometre stretch of road in North Toronto on April 23. The 25-year-old college student killed 10 people and injured 14 more, in what witnesses said was a purposeful attack. Described as a “socially awkward” man, Minassian has been charged with 10 counts of first degree ...

Cold Cases Still Warm: Sexual Assault at Sydney Uni and ‘Suicide’ at Koorawatha


At 7.15 am on October 29 1977, Annette Louise Morgan set off down inner city Sydney’s Glebe Point Road to meet a friend at the notorious St Paul’s College at Sydney University. Less than two hours later, her body was found dumped on a pile of rubble in a gully by the college oval. The 18-year-old Royal ...

Murder Confession Inadmissible Due to Threats


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In March 2014, Gary Clifford Blackman was living on his semi-rural property named Tomewin, near the NSW Northern Rivers town of Murwillumbah. Mr Blackman suffered cognitive impairment due to chronic alcoholism, and by most accounts, was a passive and agreeable man. 53-year-old Nicole Weate was in an intimate relationship ...

Sydney Psychologist Suggests Homicidal Teen Should Commit Murder


A psychologist practising on Sydney’s North Shore has come before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) after a referral from the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC). Dr Elise Lowick, a specialist in emerging psychosis, was facing suspension or deregistration over a string of inappropriate communications with a troubled year 12 student, including one which ...

Arrest Made in Murder of Sydney Criminal Lawyer


Homicide detectives have arrested the man they suspect of murdering Sydney criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh at a café in Bankstown last month. Arrested trying to flee The suspect was arrested at Sydney International Airport as he attempted to leave the country on a flight to Bali. Police say they moved in when the man’s passport ...

The World’s Biggest Terrorist was a Fascist


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A strange anomaly has been occurring over recent years across social media platforms and political websites, which involves individuals claiming the Nazi party were socialists. Indeed, these pundits would have us believe Adolf Hitler was something of a Bolshevik. Nazi is a shortened version of the German term Nationalsozialistische, ...