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Domestic Violence Murders Double in New South Wales

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
According to data recently released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), the number of domestic violence-related murders in New South Wales has doubled over the past year The statistics also suggest that after years of steady decline,...

Police Officer Found Guilty of Homicide

by Sonia Hickey
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over the shooting death of Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk. Mr Noor has been remanded in custody and faces up to 15 years in...

Death by Stoning for Sodomy, Adultery and Rape in Brunei

by Paul Gregoire
As of today, a new law comes into force in the Southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei, which prescribes the penalty of death by public stoning for partaking in sexual acts with another person of the same sex. The barbaric new...

Sixty Nine Australian Women Killed Last Year in Domestic Attacks

by Paul Gregoire
Carla Hales was killed with an axe in her home in the Perth suburb of Munster on 28 December last year. The 30-year-old woman was hacked to death by Jesse de Beaux, an unknown assailant, who’d was released from a nearby...

The Trials and Tribulations of the District Court’s Newest Judges

by Ugur Nedim
Seven experienced barristers, including five Senior Counsel, will become the newest judges of the NSW District Court, in February 2019. The appointments are part of the state government’s $148 million funding package which is designed to ease the pressure on...

Accused Murderer Granted Bail

by Ugur Nedim
Former high school teacher Lynette Dawson disappeared in 1982, just two weeks before her daughter was due to commence kindergarten. The mother-of-two was last seen at the Bayview home shared with her husband, Chris Dawson. Mrs Dawson’s body has never...

Government Limits Power of Courts to Impose Alternatives to Imprisonment

by Ugur Nedim
Section 5(1) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (‘the Act’) makes clear that a court “must not sentence an offender to imprisonment unless it is satisfied, having considered all possible alternatives, that no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate.” This is the statutory...

US Cop who Shot Dead Aussie Woman Could Face Upgraded Charges

by Sonia Hickey
Prosecutors in Minneapolis are seeking to upgrade the primary charge against a policeman who killed 40-year old Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk. Officer Mohamed Noor was initially was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, after he shot dead former...

The Far-Right’s Assault on LGBTIQ Communities

by Paul Gregoire
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...

Angry Anderson’s Son Bashed to Death

by Ugur Nedim
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...
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