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Aggravated Sexual Assault

Sydney Criminal Lawyer Vows to Fight Charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey
Sydney Criminal Lawyer Steven Mercael is currently on bail and continues to practise as a defence lawyer, as he awaits his trial which is scheduled to commence in February 2021. Mr Mercael’s criminal defence team applied to have his name...

Jack de Belin Not Guilty of One Count of Sexual Assault, Hung Jury on Remaining Counts

by Sonia Hickey
The futures of footballers Jack de Belin and Callan Sinclair remain uncertain after a jury acquitted them both of one charge of aggravated sexual assault against a woman in a Wollongong unit in December 2018, but was not able to...

Rape or Sexual Assault? What is the Correct Legal Term in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim
Yesterday’s sentencing of former football star Jarryd Hayne has triggered online debate about whether the correct description of the offence for which he was convicted is ‘rape’ or ‘sexual assault’. Mr Hayne was convicted of two counts of sexual assault,...

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

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
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...

The Offence of Aggravated Sexual Assault in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Sydney pizza shop worker Ricardo Audish has been remanded in custody after a New South Wales District Court jury returned verdicts of guilty in just two hours for three counts of aggravated sexual assault. Mr Audish’s bail was refused despite...

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

by Sonia Hickey
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...

Court Reveals Identity of Lawyer Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey
It may be common knowledge in the legal profession, but the name of a Sydney criminal defence lawyer charged with aggravated sexual assault has now been made public, after the lawyer’s appeal against the Local Court’s refusal to grant a...

The Rules Relating to Commencing and Discontinuing Criminal Prosecutions in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Victoria is facing a barrage of criticism after withdrawing the criminal charges against a de-frocked Catholic Priest. The complainant, now in her early 60s, has spent nearly a decade trying...

NSW Police Officers Charged with Sexually Assaulting and Filming Schoolgirl

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
They take an oath to uphold the law and protect the community; a community that pays over $3 billion every year in New South Wales alone for their service. But, there are dozens of examples of police officers who have...

Complainant’s History of False Sexual Assault Allegations is Inadmissible, Court Rules

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
A recent decision in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) upheld a District Court decision not to allow evidence before a jury that suggests a woman has a history of making false sexual assault allegations, in a sexual assault...
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