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 Christopher Dawson for the alleged murder of his then wife Lynette Dawson 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’. Mr Dawson, now aged 72, was arrested in December 2018 and has ...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

‘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

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

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

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

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