Understanding the Law on Graffiti Charges in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   From the times of convicts and drovers, to the street artists of today, graffiti has held a long and chequered history in Australia. In particular, graffiti vandalism, which the Australian Institute of Criminology defines as the act of marking other people’s property with writing, symbols or graphics without ...continue reading

Understanding the Offence of Intentionally or Recklessly Damage or Destroy Property in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was an ordinary Saturday night of drinking and dancing for revellers at Adelaide’s nightclub, Fat Controller – that is, until they were forced to evacuate the premises after a water pipe, believed to have been damaged by a patron, caused the club to flood. On 11 August ...continue reading

The Law on Damage or Destroy Property by means of Fire or Explosive Charges in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In the last few decades, the kebab van has become a ubiquitous part of urban culture all over the world. Indeed, long before the food truck craze, the kebab van had already developed its own distinct identity: a sustenance station of modest scale, a temporary construction mostly existing ...continue reading

Is it Legal to Make a Citizen’s Arrest in NSW?

  It is reported that a man with a large knife in Sydney CBD has allegedly attempted to stab people on Tuesday. Causing the Sydney CBD to go into lockdown, the incident unfolded close to the corner of Clarence and King Street when a man who was reportedly armed with a machete went on a ...continue reading

A Guide on the Law on Desecrating or Damaging Protect Places in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Across Australia, historical monuments and memorials hold a special significance as sacred touchstones of the past. They link bygone days to those of the present, allowing people to remember and respect the rich history of the nation at large. For this reason, community members work hard to preserve ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Damaging or Destroying Someone’s Property?

  A 52-year-old man has been reported allegedly wielding a hammer and axe directly into the outside windows of the front of the Parramatta Local Court located on 12 George Street, Parramatta NSW last night. The scene which was captured on footage before being uploaded onto social media depicts a man going on a wild ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Damaging or Destroying a Historic Shipwreck or Relic?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Historic shipwrecks are a major part of Australia’s maritime heritage and offer an exciting and challenging window into the study of our country’s past. Often described as time-capsules, these submerged resources are commonly located in rivers, harbours and lakes, or on riverbanks and foreshores, and provide a vast ...continue reading

A Guide on Your Right to Silence When Approached by Police

By Scott Feeney and Jimmy Singh.   The Brazilian Military Police were ready. The raid was about to take place in the northeast of the country, in the low-income community of Vila Irma Dulce. It was Monday the 22nd of April, and while on a regular patrol of their beat, the police observed a man ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Destroying or Damaging Someone’s Property with Fire?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   The potential of fire to destroy property or cause destruction is both tremendous and transparent. So much so that according to the Australian Institute of Criminology, fire is distinguished as the means most capable to cause damage above and beyond any other method of devastation. With the clear ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Throwing Rocks or Other Objects at Vehicles or Vessels in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was a lucky escape for truck driver Andrew Martin who just about cheated death after three teenagers pelted a 12-kilogram rock from an overpass onto a highway in Melbourne’s west on Sunday, narrowly missing him. On the afternoon of 25 November, Mr Martin was driving his truck ...continue reading


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