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

The Law and Penalties for Arson Offences in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   There’s no denying that absolutely no one enjoys getting caught by a speed camera, let alone copping the hefty fine that comes with it. Other than being a real downer to your wallet, speeding also puts people’s lives at risk, sometimes even killing them. So, it’s probably a ...continue reading

What is the Law and Penalties for Graffiti Offences in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It is common knowledge that graffiti vandalism is an illegal act that has not only plagued society for years, but also continued to generate widespread concern amongst Australian communities. While most people don’t understand the extent of its ramifications upon society, the impact of graffiti vandalism is vast ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Intentionally or Recklessly Destroy or Damage Property in NSW?

The Case of Hammond v R Mr. Hammond was charged and found guilty by a Local Court Magistrate for Damaging property under section 195(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). He appealed the Local Court’s decision to the District Court. The District Court dismissed his appeal which is when he then appealed to the Court ...continue reading

New NSW Sentencing Penalty Introduced: The New ‘Intensive Corrections Orders’

  On 24 October 2017, Parliament in NSW assented to the amending legislation which effectively changed the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW). As of 24 September 2018, three major new sentencing options were introduced into NSW. A Magistrate or Judge can now impose any one of these new sentencing or penalty options for traffic ...continue reading

New Sentencing Option Introduced in NSW: ‘Community Correction Orders’

Our previous blog outlined how the ‘section 10 bond’ has now replaced the new ‘conditional release order’ as a new sentencing option in NSW for criminal and traffic offences. This blog outlines a further new sentencing option called a ‘community corrections order’ which effectively replaces the old ‘section 9 bond’ and ‘community service order’ penalties, ...continue reading


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