Law on Self-defence for Murder Charges in NSW

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A 31-year-old Sydney man has been acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter, following the killing of a home invader with a samurai sword in 2018. Blake Davis, and his 26-year-old girlfriend Hannah Quinn faced trials in the NSW Supreme Court over the death of 30-year-old Jett McKee. ...continue reading

30-year-old Man Faces Murder Charges After an Early Morning Fight at Cab-rank

It is reported that a 28-year-old man has died after being involved in an altercation at a taxi rank in north Queensland with a 30-year-old man on Saturday morning. Police report that the 30-year-old man had spotted the now deceased man at a taxi rank at about 2am on Saturday morning, when he allegedly appeared ...continue reading

Mental Health Defence of Substantial Impairment by Abnormality of Mind in NSW

  It is reported that 27-year-old Sydney woman, Jessica Camilleri has stabbed her 57-year-old mum over 100 times following an argument. Following the stabbing, Jessica then decapitated her mother’s head from inside their St Clair house before carrying it and placing it outside onto the footpath. The matter was heard before a jury in the ...continue reading

Complete Guide on Murder & Manslaughter Laws in NSW

Murder charges | Penalties | Defences Murder is the most serious type of assault, attracting up to life imprisonment with the discretion of the Judge to reduce it to a fixed term with a non-parole period. Murder is found in section 18 Crimes Act 1900. Manslaughter, on the other hand, is also a very serious ...continue reading

Teacher’s Pet Podcast Postpones Murder Trial

Poppy Morandin   The trial of an ex-teacher for the alleged murder of his then wife in 1982, has been delayed until next year due to significant public attention on the case, largely contributed to the popular podcast ‘The Teacher’s Pet’. the accused, now aged 72, was arrested in December 2018 and has pleaded not ...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

Latest BOSCAR statistics and the need for greater focus on rehabilitation: An interview with Deputy Mayor of Dubbo and Barrister Stephen Lawrence

By Poppy Morandin.   Recent release of crime statistics detailing a quarterly update for this year, have revealed that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. A major exception to this finding was within the crime category of sexual assault, which has risen 9.4% over ...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

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