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

Queensland Man Sentenced to Life in Jail for Murder of Pregnant Teenager

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   The frightful case of the murder of pregnant teenager, Tiffany Taylor, was heard in the Supreme Court recently after orders from the court for the man accused of killing her to stand trial. Rodney Williams was sentenced to life in jail after being found guilty of murdering the ...continue reading

How Does COVID-19 Affect Bail Applications in NSW?

By Fouad Awada and Jimmy Singh.   On 30 March 2020, the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down a decision granting conditional bail to Mr Abdul Rakielbakhour who was accused and charged with serious domestic violence charges. Mr Rakielbakhour was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, alleged ...continue reading

What are the Rules Around NSW Police Strip Searching a Person?

241,000 is the number that has been given to NSW Police Officers, representing the quota for conducting personal searches, including strip searches on people for the 2019 financial year. In fact, in 2019, NSW Police failed to meet its quota  by just under 2000 searches. NSW Greens managed to obtained the shocking revelation through the ...continue reading

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

  Criminal lawyers represent people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows have portrayed criminal lawyers in a bad light, prompting members of the public asking the question criminal lawyers get asked too often, “but how can you defend a criminal?”, or “how can you defend a guilty person?”. Too often we ...continue reading

What is Self-Defence Under the Law in NSW?

  It is reported that on new year’s eve, as Pope Francis walked in Vatican City whilst greeting pilgrims on his way towards the cobble esplanade, footage has emerged of a woman from the crowd grabbing the Pope’s hand and pulling him towards her. The act appears to cause the Pope pain, as the footage ...continue reading

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