Category: Robbery Offences

Criminalising Sex Workers Leaves Them Vulnerable to Attack


At around 12.30 am on June 24, a security guard opened the door to an apartment in Enfield, north London, and a group of five men wielding knives entered the premises. Ms Maria Benito (not her real name) was taken into a room by one of the men, who demanded she give him money. The ...

NSW Crimes Rates are the Lowest in 40 Years


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Crime rates across NSW have dropped to their lowest in 40 years. The latest annual report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that most major categories of crime have fallen or remained steady over the 24 months to December 2016. Specific Crime Rate ...

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Sydney criminologist believes that the implementation of preventative and diversionary strategies is the primary reason for most categories of crime declining across the state in recent years. Dr Garner Clancey, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, points out that many offences have fallen by as much ...

Government to Deport Alleged Apex Gang Members


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim According to Victoria police, a good way to deal with the state’s crime problem is to deport young adult gang members. A parliamentary body is also considering whether those under the age of 18 can also be turfed out of the country. A list of people who are said ...

High Court Rules that Police Interview is Inadmissible


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Richard Filihia was armed with a bowie knife when he entered a brothel on the night of October 24 2012. He stabbed the establishment’s receptionist Brian Gaudry, before fleeing with the cash he’d taken from the man’s back pocket. The receptionist subsequently died from his wounds. On the street, Filihia ...

Objection! That’s Hearsay.


We’ve all heard rumours which don’t seem to originate from the person who actually observed the subject event. And while we all have a general understanding of what hearsay means – information received from others which cannot be substantiated- the term has a precise and technical meaning in the legal context. Although hearsay evidence is ...

Neddy Smith: A Career in Crime


Standing at 6ft 6in, Arthur “Neddy” Smith – the infamous standover man – had a menacing aura. He was a leading underworld figure during the mid-1980s Sydney drug wars. And he drove fear into all he encountered. Today, the 72-year-old former armed robber and heroin dealer is serving two life sentences in Lithgow prison and his ...

The Santa Claus Bank Heist


Santa Claus walks into a bank brandishing a pistol. He’s also got a sack, but he’s not looking to distribute any gifts. He’s flanked by three helpers, but they’re hardly elfish-types. Two of them are ex-cons, while the other is a family man looking to make a quick buck. It happened at around noon on December ...

Employee Defeats Robbers with Frogs


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Police are calling for assistance after a trio of armed robbers in Aberdare, near Cessnock, had their plans foiled by flying packs of red frogs. The would-be thieves learnt the hard way that crime doesn’t pay, when a quick thinking service station attendant began pelting them with bags filled ...

The Carjackers Who Couldn’t Drive


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Police on the Northern Beaches of Sydney are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an attempted carjacking went wrong last week. Two men threatened a woman and forced her out of a 2001 Holden Barina, as she was parked on the Western side of Pittwater Road at Dee ...