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

Brazilian Father Drugs Two Young Sons’ Food with Rat Poisoning Before Stabbing Them with Knife

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It seems inconceivable for a child to be poisoned by someone close to them, let alone by their very own parent. Indeed, the responsibilities of a parent include providing a safe environment for their children, treating them with care, and protecting them against abuse. Nevertheless, for one father ...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

‘Family Court Bomber’ Leonard Warwick Found Guilty of Three Counts of Murder

By Poppy Morandin.   The NSW Supreme Court has found Leonard John Warwick, now 73-years-old, guilty of three murders committed in a vengeful campaign targeting the Family Court. Following a vicious custody dispute with his ex-wife, Andrea Blanchard, in the 1980s, Mr Warick committed “extreme violence” with “tragic consequences” as described by NSW Supreme Court ...continue reading

Inquest Into the Death of Indigenous Man in Custody Highlights the Need for Change: An Exclusive Interview with Barrister Stephen Lawrence from The Wigs

By Poppy Morandin.   Following recent weeks in which Indigenous deaths in custody have been at the forefront of discussion, an inquest has heard that a treating nurse of an Indigenous man who died in his cell at Tamworth Correctional Centre was not informed of his seizures. In September 2017, Tane Chatfield died following being ...continue reading

Woman Charged with Murder after Allegedly Ramming Ex-boyfriend With Car

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A woman has been charged with murder after allegedly fatally striking her ex-boyfriend with her SUV and pinning him against a car park wall. 44-year-old, Jackeline Musa allegedly arrived at 31-year-old Payman Thagipur’s apartment only to find him with another woman. A witness has stated that she observed ...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

High-School Cleaner Murdered Teacher at School Days Before Her Marriage Ceremony

  26-year-old Stephanie Scott was a high-school teacher at Leeton High School in NSW. She was engaged to her fiancé, Aaron Leeson-Woolley. They were a few days away from getting married. But no one could have predicted or even thought of what actually unravelled on Easter Sunday 2015. On Easter Sunday 2015, Stephanie had some ...continue reading

Law on NSW Police Arrest Powers

  In NSW, a police officer is allowed to use force when exercising their lawful powers. However, it isn’t that simple. According to section 230 of Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW), police are allowed to use such force as is reasonably necessary for purposes of exercising one of their powers as a ...continue reading

NSW Police Facing Class Action Over Strip Search Practices

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   Redfern Legal Centre in collaboration with Slater and Gordon have recently announced their intention to mount a class action against NSW Police in relation to the unlawful utilisation of search powers, particularly strip searches. They seek to obtain compensation for the supposed thousands of individuals that have been ...continue reading

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