Man Commits a Break & Enter in a Sydney CBD Woolworths Store Stealing $2 Bag of Nuts

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the bizarre craving that saw a man break and enter into a Woolworths store in Sydney’s CBD, cause $750 worth of damage in the process, then go on to steal a packet of mixed nuts worth about $2. Indeed, one may surmise that if you were going ...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

Law and Penalties for Robbery Offences in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 27-year-old woman from Melbourne who coordinated a ruthless home invasion after finding out that her friend, a cancer patient, had received a six-figure inheritance, has been sentenced and will spend at least four years behind bars. It is reported that in April last year, Kristy Patricia Avdulla ...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

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

Law on the Age of Criminal Responsibility in NSW: An Interview with Greens MP David Shoebridge

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Despite a strong campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, the decision has been deferred to 2021, following concerns that further work needs to be done regarding processes and services for children who exhibit offending behaviour. The issue was discussed at the meeting ...continue reading

German International Student Charged for Breaking and Entering and Committing Serious Indictable Offence

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   For German international student, Paul Kuhn, the temptation to wander around a museum in the middle of the night – and take a bunch of selfies with dinosaurs in the process – was all too real. So alluring was the idea that in the early hours of 10 ...continue reading

Jury Trials Return to NSW After a 3-Month Freeze

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   With COVID-19 related restrictions easing and business seemingly returning to normal for most of New South Wales, the District Court has begun criminal trials before juries again. The return will be done under strict measures including temperature checks and screening questions for jurors, in order to prevent individuals ...continue reading

Man Gets Sentenced for Break, Enter & Commit Serious Indictable Offence After Smashing Pumpkins

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was far from a convivial day for a carnival worker who, for some out-of-this-world reason, allegedly decided he would go on a vegetable rampage at the very carnival he worked at, smashing all of the pumpkins he could find and smearing vegetables everywhere. The incident at hand ...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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