Sexual Touching Offence in New South Wales

Sahar Adatia.   A man from Dover Heights in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has been charged by Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives over the alleged sexual touching of a five-year-old girl in a Bondi Junction shop. According to a statement from NSW Police, on Friday 4 June 2021, detectives from the Child Abuse and ...continue reading

Unlawfully Entering Inclosed Lands Offences, Penalties and Defences in New South Wales

Image credit: Max Blain Poppy Morandin.   With many prevented from seeing their favourite sports stars play in the biggest games of the 2021 AFL and NRL seasons due to lockdowns, tickets for the games were highly sought after. However, a pair of friends from Perth managed to escape having to pay $450 for a ...continue reading

Animal Cruelty Offences, Defences and Penalties in New South Wales

Poppy Morandin.   Two teens have been charged over the deaths of 14 kangaroos on New South Wales’ South Coast. Animal welfare volunteers from the organisation ‘WIRES’ were left devastated after discovering the 14 animals that were allegedly beaten to death. A sole joey survived and is currently recovering with the help of volunteers. Two ...continue reading

Fines for Unvaccinated Announced Amid NSW Opening Up

Poppy Morandin. New South Wales businesses could face fines of up to $5,000 for letting unvaccinated customers enter their premises, as the state begins to open up. With ‘Freedom Day’, having occurred on 11 October 2021, those who have received a double dose of a COVID-19 vaccination will be able to go shopping and go ...continue reading

The Offence and Penalties of Throwing Rocks at Vehicles in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   A passenger has narrowly escaped injury after travelling on a Sydney train that had a large rock about the size of a basketball thrown at it. According to a statement from NSW Police, the incident took place around 3:45pm on Thursday 30 September 2021, during which time the train was making its ...continue reading

Child Sex Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   A school teacher in the United States has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old student in her car after naked photographs and explicit text messages were uncovered. Brittany Lopez-Murray, 31, who teaches drama at a Hialeah Middle Community School in Hialeah, Florida, was arrested on Saturday 2 October ...continue reading

Using Poison to Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm or Endanger Life Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   A Queensland man is facing a raft of charges after allegedly releasing a poisonous aerosol, its properties comparable to pepper spray, inside a Brisbane shopping centre. Queensland Police report that around 1.15pm on Saturday 19 June 2021, a 36-year-old man discharged the noxious aerosol substance, understood to be a poisonous cough mixture, ...continue reading

Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception and Dishonesty Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Poppy Morandin.   A religious leader from Sydney’s west has been charged following an investigation into alleged charity fraud of nearly $100,000. Officers from Campsie Police Area Command, alongside detectives attached to the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad commenced an investigation into the allegations earlier this year. During this time, they are reported to ...continue reading

Break and Enter Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Poppy Morandin.   A 19-year-old man has been charged as part of an investigation into a criminal syndicate involved in the theft of vehicles across Sydney. In November 2020, detectives from the Financial Crime Squad’s Motor Unit established ‘Strike Force Swete’ to investigate alleged criminal syndicates involved in break-in offences across Sydney. During this investigation, ...continue reading

Can Police Require You to Disclose a Drivers’ Identity?

Poppy Morandin. A 46-year-old Sydney man has been charged after refusing to disclose who was behind the wheel of a Ferrari doing burnouts at a busy intersection in Sydney’s CBD. Officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Strike Force Puma commenced an investigation into the incident after receiving footage. The footage shows a line of ...continue reading


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