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Disturbing New Crime Trend Goes Viral on Social Media

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The New South Wales Police Force has established a dedicated unit to investigate and prosecute a new criminal craze that is said to have been sweeping through the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area in recent weeks. According to police, young...

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...

The Offence of Littering in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
A teenager on the NSW Central Coast has received a fine after becoming famous as a “speed camera crusader”.  17-year old Beau Jackson was recently the subject of a story on one of Australia’s most watched current affairs programme for...

The Offence of Giving False or Misleading Information in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Three-year old William Tyrrell disappeared without a trace in 2014 from his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall in New South Wales wearing a spiderman costume.  His disappearance sparked one of the most expansive and resourced manhunts in Australia’s history, led...

The Offence of Juror Misconduct in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The trial of two men accused of sexual assault has been vacated and a fourth trial ordered as a result of a ‘flagrant breach’ of the trial judge’s directions, which was found to have amounted to juror misconduct.  The jury...

‘The Slap’ – Would Criminal Charges Have Been Filed if it Happened in Australia?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
It’s the slap that has the world talking, debating, asking questions: Staged or unstaged? Justified or unjustified? Chauvinism at play or a family man just protecting his loved-one? A comedian just doing his job or a weasel that crossed the...

The Offence of Choking in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
Former television personality Andrew O’Keefe has been charged and refused bail over an alleged assault of a woman at his home.  Mr O’Keefe has been accused of grabbing the woman by her by the throat, pushing her to the ground,...

The Offence of Unauthorised Possession or Use of a Pistol or Prohibited Firearm in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A man has been charged with firearms, robbery and intimidation offences after allegedly wielding a firearm at a popular Sydney restaurant.  It is alleged that 42-year old Viacheslav Zhadushkin pulled out a firearm and threatened staff and patrons after being...

Possessing, Disseminating and Producing Animal Cruelty Material to Become a Crime in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
An amendment to the Crimes Act passed the state’s lower house last week, which proposes to criminalise the production, dissemination and possession of bestiality material, as well as animal torture material. If the laws pass the upper house, the maximum...
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