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 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

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