Category: Indecent Assault

NSW Magistrate Charged with Indecent Assault on Teenager


It has been reported that sitting local court magistrate, Graeme Curran, was charged this morning with nine counts of indecent assault on a teenage boy between 1981 and 1983. The 67-year old magistrate is reported to have met detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad this morning at Burwood Police Station, where he ...

Rolf Harris Cleared of Indecent and Sexual Assault Charges


A jury in London found Australian entertainer Rolf Harris not guilty of ‘groping’ a blind and disabled woman, and a 13-year old girl who asked for an autograph at a radio station. He was also cleared of sexually assaulting a 42-year old woman, who alleged Harris put his hand up her skirt and onto her ...

Sydney Lawyer Charged with Indecent Assault


Forty-year old Carl Harrap of Seaforth is employed as a patent and trademark attorney at the Sydney office of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. The firm’s website describes Mr Harrap as having “… particular experience and interest in assisting his clients to defend or attack patents in patent oppositions”. However, the experienced lawyer has been ...

Lawyer Guilty of Sexual Assault


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim. A 35-year old lawyer from London is facing prison time after his drunken behaviour got out of control at a Christmas Party at the prestigious London Rowing Club, leading to convictions for ‘racially-aggravated assault’ and ‘sexual assault’. Festive celebrations went horribly wrong for lawyer Alastair Main in December 2015 ...

Hyde Park Rapist Loses “Incoherent” Appeal


Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenager in Hyde Park in Sydney has lost his appeal case. Joseph Stephen Rosenburg argued that the 18-year-old girl had lured him into the park in an elaborate scam to get his DNA. Rosenburg was sentenced to a maximum of 11 years imprisonment in ...

Abolishing the Partial Defence of Provocation: An Interview with Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The partial defence of provocation can be argued in a court of law when a person who’s killed another claims to have been provoked by the deceased in such a way that they lost self-control and were therefore less culpable for their actions. Provocation can reduce a murder charge ...

Sexual Harassment Rife Within the Legal Profession


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The legal profession is reeling from media reports that it’s an industry where sexual harassment thrives and very little is done about it. The claims, made on the ABC’s 7.30 Programme, are backed up by research conducted by the Law Council of Australia which found that almost one in ...

‘Epidemic’ of Sexual Offences on Public Transport


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim A number of recent cases have raised concerns about the prevalence of sexual offences against women in taxis and on public transport. A Sydney taxi driver was recently charged with indecently assaulting a 19-year old woman at the end of an evening trip from Burwood to Abbotsford. The driver ...

Predator Dentist Allowed to Work with Children


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Australia is renowned for its strong approach to border protection, with tough immigration laws making it difficult for many to settle in our country. However, government authorities have been criticised after allowing a dentist convicted in the United States of several child sex offences to live and work here. ...

Bullying and Harassment Rife Within the AFP


Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, who conducted an investigation into the Australian Defence Force in 2011, has released her report into bullying and harassment within the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Ms Broderick’s investigation, commissioned by AFP Chief Andrew Colvin, has taken six months to complete and included more than 1,000 interviews with officers and ...