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

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

The Law on Assaults While Playing Sports in NSW

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Following a spate of incidents, NSW Rugby League has been forced to take a hard line on members involved in alleged assaults. The alleged incidents include fights between teams, an assault on a referee and even a 12-year-old junior player. 39-year-old under-12s coach, Kristen Teasdale, allegedly ran onto ...continue reading

The New Laws on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Diversionary Pathway

  There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with the criminal ...continue reading

Naked Uncle Sprints to Chase Van Over Mistaken Kidnapping

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s a modern-day truth: Not all heroes wear capes. And now, it seems some don’t wear anything at all. If you were to ask 29-year-old British man, Nathan Murphy, what on earth it would take for him to brashly bolt out of his house boasting his birthday suit, ...continue reading

Abducting a Child Penalties in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 65-year-old man who approached a six-year-old girl outside a primary school in regional Victoria while on his mobility scooter in an attempt to abduct and sexually assault her has been jailed for six years. Ian Hooper of Mildura went to the school on his mobility scooter one ...continue reading

Concerns Reignited for Prisoners Amid Further Outbreaks of COVID-19

By Poppy Morandin.   There are reportedly 70 inmates in lockdown within Silverwater Correctional Complex after coming into close contact with a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Within their advocacy efforts, The Greens have issued an open letter to Anthony Roberts, Minister for Corrections detailing the “significant concerns…about the lockdown at Silverwater ...continue reading

Brazilian Father Drugs Two Young Sons’ Food with Rat Poisoning Before Stabbing Them with Knife

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It seems inconceivable for a child to be poisoned by someone close to them, let alone by their very own parent. Indeed, the responsibilities of a parent include providing a safe environment for their children, treating them with care, and protecting them against abuse. Nevertheless, for one father ...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

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