The Penalties for Common Assault in NSW

Poppy Morandin.   A 39-year-old woman has been charged after allegedly coughing directly in the face of a female Senior Constable, in New South Wales’s Murray River region. At around 10:30pm at night on Tuesday 24 August 2021, officers attended a home in Deniliquin to conduct a welfare check. Upon arrival at the residence, it ...continue reading

Common Assault in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh. Image credit: Petar B photography   It was the shocking moment a vicious assault took place in the middle of the night between a group of adult men and two teenage girls in Sydney’s Pirrama Park in Pyrmont. On Saturday 6th March 2021, as Mardi Gras celebrations were underway, police officers ...continue reading

Man avoids jail after assaulting nurse in Melbourne laneway

 Poppy Morandin.   A Melbourne man will not face jail time despite shocking footage of him dragging a nurse into a laneway and pinning her to the ground. 21-year-old Jackson Williams was found guilty of common assault yet was ultimately acquitted of attempting to sexual assault the woman and received a two-and-a-half-year community corrections order. ...continue reading

The New NSW Local Court Practice Note: What you Need to Know When Going to Court

  Ever wondered why cases keep getting delayed in our criminal courts? There can be many reasons why cases get delayed, including an inexperienced or incompetent criminal lawyer, delays caused by the prosecution and/or third parties, and/or due to an uncontrollable environment such as the coronavirus pandemic that hit our nation at the beginning of ...continue reading

Man charged with assault after farting in an Uber

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh   A UK man has been charged with assault, following a fart in an Uber that triggered a brawl between the passenger and driver. An intoxicated, 35-year-old, James Mallett, was sitting in the back seat of an Uber on his way to Chasers night club in Kingswood, when he ‘let ...continue reading

Strike Force Irrabella Set Up to Investigate Domestic Violence Allegations Against Former South Sydney Rabbitohs Player

  It is reported that a strike force has been set up solely for the purpose of investigating allegations of domestic violence and drugs in respect of Sam Burgess, the previous South Sydney Rabbitohs player. The strike force is reportedly called Strike Force Irrabella. Reported in The Australian, prior to the elimination final game against ...continue reading

NSW Police Commissioner Defends Officers Who Performed ‘Unlawful’ Arrest on Curtis Scott

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has sought to defend the actions of police officers involved in the wrongful arrest of NRL player Curtis Scott. The bodycam footage of the arrest shown in court sparked outrage, with it depicting Scott, who was passed out drunk at the foot of ...continue reading

New Proposed Domestic Violence Laws on Criminalising ‘Coercive Control’: An Interview with Dr Karen Williams of Doctors Against Violence Towards Women

By Poppy Morandin.   Individuals in a domestic relationship who psychologically abuse their partners through practices known as ‘coercive control’ could face criminal prosecution, following a bill introduced by Labor MP Anna Watson to NSW Parliament. If passed, the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Coercive Control—Preethi’s Law) Bill 2020 will amend the existing Crimes ...continue reading

Latest BOSCAR statistics and the need for greater focus on rehabilitation: An interview with Deputy Mayor of Dubbo and Barrister Stephen Lawrence

By Poppy Morandin.   Recent release of crime statistics detailing a quarterly update for this year, have revealed that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. A major exception to this finding was within the crime category of sexual assault, which has risen 9.4% over ...continue reading

Man Strangulates Partner in Domestic Violence Assault to Point Of Urination

  It is reported that 38-year-old David Glennie has strangled, kicked and punched his partner to the point of losing control of her bladder and urinating. The court heard that Glennie had lost his temper whilst he was intoxicated during a night out in November 2019. Glennie had lost his temper because if an irrational ...continue reading

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