Stalk and Intimidate Offences in NSW

Poppy Morandin.   A 21-year-old producer for YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies has been charged with allegedly stalking and intimidating the New South Wales Deputy Premier, John Barilaro. Kristo Langker was arrested at his family’s home in Dulwich Hill by detectives from the Fixated Persons Investigations Unit. They subsequently charged him with two counts of “stalk or ...continue reading

Payne Haas Sentenced for Intimidating Police In NSW Tweed Heads Local Court

  It is reported that in January Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas intimidated two police officers during a drunken foul-mouthed tirade on the streets of Tweed Heads, northern NSW. The 22-year-old NSW Origin forward was also charged with using offensive language. While the offensive language charge was withdrawn by the prosecution, Haas was sentenced after ...continue reading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

Law and Penalties for Inciting or Urging Violence in Australia

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Images of Victorian Police handcuffing a pregnant woman have sparked outrage, after she was arrested and charged with incitement over a Facebook post. Video of the arrest was posted online and showcases the pregnant young mother, 28-year-old Zoe Buhler, in her home, in her pyjamas and arguing with ...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

Section 32 Mental Health Applications now Replaced by Section 14 to Get Criminal Charges Dismissed in Court

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 old Act called The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with ...continue reading

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