Texas Man Charged for Choking Girlfriend After She Said His Fart “Smelled Horrible”

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 41-year-old man from Texas has been charged after he choked and headbutted his girlfriend because she commented that his fart smelled bad. According to accounts from The Sun, in January 2020, Christopher Ragsdale was arrested after police were forced to take action on a disturbance that was ...continue reading

Law on NSW Police Arrest Powers

  In NSW, a police officer is allowed to use force when exercising their lawful powers. However, it isn’t that simple. According to section 230 of Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW), police are allowed to use such force as is reasonably necessary for purposes of exercising one of their powers as a ...continue reading

Domestic Violence Inquiry Closed, Amid Concerns of Increase in Incidents

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   The Australian Senate’s inquiry into domestic violence has closed 3 months early, despite concerns of COVID-19 leading to a rise in incidents. Whilst initially the committee was required to report by mid-August 2020, the inquiry was closed this week without any submissions or hearings. “The committee formed the ...continue reading

Law on Choking, Strangulating and Suffocating in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A man from New South Wales’ Hunter region has been charged after allegedly choking a five-year-old boy in an incident of domestic violence. According to reports from NSW Police, around 2pm on 16 May 2020, the man, aged 27, began quarrelling with a 44-year-old woman at a residence ...continue reading

How Does COVID-19 Affect Bail Applications in NSW?

By Fouad Awada and Jimmy Singh.   On 30 March 2020, the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down a decision granting conditional bail to Mr Abdul Rakielbakhour who was accused and charged with serious domestic violence charges. Mr Rakielbakhour was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, alleged ...continue reading

A 23-year-old Man has been Charged with Attempted Kidnapping in NSW

It is reported that a 27-year-old woman in Sydney was followed and attacked by a man after walking out of a railway station on Thursday afternoon. On Thursday evening, at approximately quarter past six, a man allegedly followed a 27-year-old woman after she had left the Chester Hill Railway Station. It is alleged that, as ...continue reading

What are the Rules Around NSW Police Strip Searching a Person?

241,000 is the number that has been given to NSW Police Officers, representing the quota for conducting personal searches, including strip searches on people for the 2019 financial year. In fact, in 2019, NSW Police failed to meet its quota  by just under 2000 searches. NSW Greens managed to obtained the shocking revelation through the ...continue reading

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

  Criminal lawyers represent people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows have portrayed criminal lawyers in a bad light, prompting members of the public asking the question criminal lawyers get asked too often, “but how can you defend a criminal?”, or “how can you defend a guilty person?”. Too often we ...continue reading

What is Self-Defence Under the Law in NSW?

  It is reported that on new year’s eve, as Pope Francis walked in Vatican City whilst greeting pilgrims on his way towards the cobble esplanade, footage has emerged of a woman from the crowd grabbing the Pope’s hand and pulling him towards her. The act appears to cause the Pope pain, as the footage ...continue reading

The Law on Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm in NSW

  “1 thing I will not stand for is kids being abused physically or mentally and I will do this over and over again if I had the chance” “I think it’s time people stopped judging bikies and people start to worry about the real issues in life like getting pedos off the street.” These ...continue reading

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