Damaging Property by Fire Offences in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   People do the darnedest things. Take the case of a Wollongong woman who allegedly decided she would deliberately light her house on fire to destroy it and land herself a court attendance notice in the process. The 62-year-old woman is believed to have carried out the disturbing act back on Sunday 29 ...continue reading

Destroying Property by Means of a Fire or Explosive Law, Offences and Defences NSW

Sahar Adatia.   Divorces are messy at the best time of times. From having to grudgingly communicate with your ex-partner to splitting every single asset including the furniture and each of your children’s toys, the process is often gruelling and sometimes even filled with rage and revenge. This was certainly the case for one man ...continue reading

Desecrating Protected Places Offences in NSW

Image credit: J-Philippe Menard Poppy Morandin.   Five men have been charged after allegedly climbing onto the World War One Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place and inappropriately posing with the statue. NSW Police released CCTV footage of the incident, describing it as “an act of stupidity” and “extremely disrespectful”. The video showcases the men, aged ...continue reading

Destroy or Damage Property with Fire or Explosive Laws & Penalties in NSW

Image credit: Ralf Neumann Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the bizarre moment a woman boarded a bus and allegedly lit a fire that ended up destroying the vehicle and forcing an evacuation of its driver and passengers on the NSW Mid North Coast. Around 1:15pm on Thursday 11 March 2021, fire crews by ...continue reading

Statute of Limitations in Australia

Court proceedings for a criminal or traffic charge in NSW commence in court when a ‘court attendance notice’ is issued and filed. It is also known as the formal charge. The statute of limitations in NSW, Australia, apply to certain charges called ‘summary offences’ which have a time limit for when police can charge a ...continue reading

The New NSW Local Court Practice Note: What you Need to Know When Going to Court

  Ever wondered why cases keep getting delayed in our criminal courts? There can be many reasons why cases get delayed, including an inexperienced or incompetent criminal lawyer, delays caused by the prosecution and/or third parties, and/or due to an uncontrollable environment such as the coronavirus pandemic that hit our nation at the beginning of ...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

Chinese Drug Trafficker on Death Row Escapes Lawful Custody by Tunnelling Through Sewers to Road Outside

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s the kind of plot you’d only ever see play out in a movie, except of course this was real life – in mid-September 2020, a man facing the death sentence in Indonesia for drug trafficking managed to escape from jail by tunnelling through the sewage system, and ...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

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