Category: Murder / Manslaughter

Central Local Court

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 …
central-local-court

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

Diplomatic Immunity is Being Abused Worldwide


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 the Saudi government, especially its ruling …
Corner of Downing Centre Courthouse

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 …
Pregnant woman

Queensland Legalises Abortion, While NSW Continues Criminalisation


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 the right to vote, and has …
Court gavel

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 …
Foetus

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


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 woman, the destruction of her unborn …
Industrial manslaughter

Calls for Tougher Laws Against Industrial Manslaughter


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 while overall workplace fatalities have increased …
Violence and women

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, …
Gay hate

NSW Police Enabled Gay Hate Murders


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 at their peak amounted to more …