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Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company

‘Stealthing’ Amounts to Sexual Assault in New South Wales

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Perhaps needless to say, it is not a crime to have unprotected sexual intercourse with a consenting partner – provided of course they have reached the age of consent, have the mental capacity to provide consent and have in fact...

What Constitutes ‘Penetration’ for a Sexual Assault Offence in NSW?

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Sexual offences in New South Wales have always distinguished between non-consensual physical activity involving actual penetration – including the historical offence of rape which was abolished in 1981 and the offence carnal knowledge which was abolished in 1986 – and non-penetrative,...

Jarryd Hayne Faces Third Trial Over Sexual Assault Allegation

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Former National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne is back in Downing Centre District Court to face a third trial over allegations of sexual assault. Vehemently maintains innocence Mr Hayne has steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout years of prosecution, and has...

Can a Person Consent to Sexual Activity Whilst Intoxicated?

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The twenty first century has seen a whole of radical changes to the definition of sexual consent in New South Wales, invariably expanding the situations when it is to be considered a person is not consenting. Previous definition of sexual...

The Law, Penalties and Defences for Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company

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A jury in Downing Centre District Court has heard that a then-19 year old woman felt “dead inside” when NRL payers Jack de Belin and Callan Sinclair allegedly forced her to have sexual intercourse in the early hours of 9...

What Does the Law Say About Consent in Sexual Assault Cases?

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When twenty-two year old Chantel Contos shared her story of an alleged sexual assault in a private school, she was not expecting the enormity of the response. Since her disclosure, hundreds of other women have come forward, telling details of...

Complainant’s History of False Sexual Assault Allegations is Inadmissible

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In a recent decision, a five judge bench of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) ruled that legislation which prevents criminal defence lawyers from asking questions to complainants in sexual assault cases about their sexual history extends...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

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Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter...

Life Sentences in NSW: “Life Meaning Life”

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At the conclusion of their highly publicised Supreme Court trial, Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara were found guilty and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for murdering Sydney student Jamie Gao. Gao was shot dead in 2014 after Rogerson and...

Do People Lie About Sexual Assault?

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Incidents of sexual assault have been widely publicised in the media following a number of high-profile cases, including that of Kings Cross nightclub heir Luke Lazarus. Data published in 2014 indicates that Australia has a huge problem with sexual assault...
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