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Magistrate Blasts Criminal Cops, Awards Defendant $100k in Legal Costs

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A Downing Centre Local Court Magistrate has awarded NRL player Curtis Scott $100,000 in legal costs after the assault charges against him were withdrawn and dismissed, slamming police over their multiple assaults against the intoxicated man as he was asleep...

Biggest Ever Anti Money Laundering Payout, But No Executives Criminally Prosecuted

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Banking giant Westpac admitted this week that it systematically contravened anti money laundering and counter terrorism financing laws, and has been ordered to pay a fine of $1.3 billion – which is the biggest in Australia’s history. But many are...

Sydney Criminal Lawyer Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Lawyers for a criminal defence lawyer in Sydney who is charged with aggravated sexual assault are fighting to keep the identity of their client and his law firm under wraps. The lawyers made an application before Magistrate Keady in Parramatta...

Can I Secretly Record a Conversation in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former New South Wales homicide detective Gary Jubelin has lost his appeal against his conviction for illegally recording conversations with a person of interest in the William Tyrrell investigation. Earlier this year, the former detective was found guilty of four...

Journalists Can’t Be Forced to Reveal Their Sources, or Can They?

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Press Freedoms and whistleblower protections have rightly been of concern of late. In June last year, the AFP conducted press raids on ABC and News Corp journalists. While Bernard Collaery and David McBride are both facing prosecution in closed courts...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Stealing from a Person in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
A magistrate in Liverpool Local Court has sentenced a man in relation to an incident during which he stole $100 from a man in a wheelchair who had just withdrawn his disability pension from an ATM. 20-year old Jarrod Elphick...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Carjacking in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim
It has been alleged that shortly after 4pm on Monday, 14 September 2020, a man armed with a knife approached a silver Volkswagen which was parked in a carpark between Yambil Street and Canal Street, Griffith in the north-western Riverina...

Police Slam Man’s Head into Counter then Charge Him with Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A South Australian man who suffered a brain injury after a Senior Police officer slammed his head into a counter while he was in custody has spent more than three years fighting to have charges against him thrown out of...

When Can Police Arrest a Person Without a Warrant in NSW?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Rugby League player Curtis Scott had all criminal charges against him withdrawn and dismissed earlier this week; a decision that followed a seven-month long prosecution and numerous attempts by his criminal defence lawyers to persuade the police that the case...

The Offences of Procuring and Grooming Children for Sexual Activity in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In recent weeks, New South Wales Police officers have made three separate arrests in relation to alleged online grooming, and have warned the public to be vigilant as reports of child exploitation have almost doubled over the past few months....
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