Possessing, Supplying or Making a Pipe Bomb or other Explosives

Sahar Adatia.   A 45-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man have been arrested after a homemade pipe bomb was discovered on the doorstep of a home in Melbourne’s north-west around 10am on Sunday 11 July 2021. The pair was being investigated after the homegrown explosive was left on the front porch of a family residence ...continue reading

Law and Penalties for Using Explosive Substances or Corrosive Fluids in NSW

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Police in Perth are currently appealing to the public in order to track down a man who allegedly attacked an Indigenous woman and her daughter with a makeshift flamethrower. The man is said to have had a white swastika painted on his forehead, and is described as fair skinned, ...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

Law & Penalties for Causing an Explosive to Explode in NSW

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Nine men have been charged over an explosion that left a 55-year-old woman with burns to her face, hands, chest, and legs. The incident occurred at the woman’s residence in Sydney’s inner west in early June. She had noticed a fire had struck on her front balcony late ...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

Indian Chef from NSW Pleads Guilty to Making Hoax Bomb Threat on International Flight

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   An Indian man who falsely claimed there was a bomb on an international flight has pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to make a hoax threat. Sanjay Kalubhai Korat, a 39-year-old chef from Argenton near Newcastle, made two phone calls in March 2019 asserting ...continue reading

Law on Police Use of Pepper Spray in NSW

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.                                        The deployment of pepper spray on protestors following the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney, has sparked concerns regarding the way in which the NSW Police Force uses such a tool. The day was largely characterised as a peaceful protest, following the public assembly’s last-minute authorisation from the ...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

Explosive discovered in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs Property

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Last week, a live explosive was discovered in a property in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, leaving families with no choice but to abscond as they took to their safety. At around midday on 21 February 2020, officers from the Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command were called to a building ...continue reading

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