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NSW Government Proposes to Divert Certain Drug Offenders Away From the Criminal Justice System

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Government is proposing to implement a new program across the state, which would give some drug offenders a second chance. It’s a sharp departure from the hardline stance of successive state governments, which have refused to...

The Offence of a Child Possessing Spray Paint Without a Lawful Purpose in NSW

by Sonia Hickey
Once just an American holiday that Australians would see on the big screen in movies like ET, Halloween has slowly, but steadily made its way to our shores. And every year it just seems to get bigger here. The shops...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Aggravated Animal Cruelty in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Two teenagers have been charged over the alleged beating and killing of 14 kangaroos on the NSW South Coast, and will face court in November 2021. Police appealed to the community for help after the dead bodies of the kangarros...

Is it Legal to Possess a Gel Blaster in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Gel blasters have been made illegal in Victoria, after a number of the recreational items were allegedly used during the commission of serious criminal offences. Many gel blasters look similar to real firearms, although they shoot small water-based pellets. As...

The Crime of Concealing a Child Abuse Offence in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The leader of the Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, has been charged with concealing a child abuse offence perpetrated by his father, Frank Houston, in the 1970s. Brian Houston is a personal friend of the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who...

Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston Charged With Concealing a Child Sexual Offence

by Paul Gregoire
Cofounding Hillsong pastor Brian Houston was charged by NSW police on 5 August, over his alleged concealment of child sexual abuse that occurred in the 1970s, when the head of the Pentecostal megachurch became privy to the information in 1999....

Sexual Assault Charge Brought Over Alleged Rape in Parliament House

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in 2019, has been named, and will face court later this year. Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been charged in the nation’s capital with one count of sexual...

Sydney Criminal Lawyer Loses Appeal Against Finding of Deceptive Conduct

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Sydney-based criminal defence lawyer with ties to conman Peter Foster has lost her appeal against a decision made by the Supreme Court that both she and Mr Foster engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to a fraudulent...

The Offence of Participation in a Criminal Group in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
30-year old Dylan Farrell, who once played for the St George Illawarra Dragon and South Sydney Rabbitohs, has been arrested in Nowra, south-east New South Wales. Police say he was arrested at around 8.30am on Thursday, 8 July 2021 when...

The Offence of Supplying a Large Commercial Quantity of Prohibited Drugs in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Two New South Wales men are facing charges for drug offences after police allegedly seized $12 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, and cocaine in Sydney’s South West over the weekend. Police allege the two men were arrested during...
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