Child Sex Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   A school teacher in the United States has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old student in her car after naked photographs and explicit text messages were uncovered. Brittany Lopez-Murray, 31, who teaches drama at a Hialeah Middle Community School in Hialeah, Florida, was arrested on Saturday 2 October ...continue reading

Making a Hoax Call to Emergency Services Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   When it comes to calling emergency services, as common sense dictates, the purpose of dialling for assistance is generally where there is a situation of distress and urgent help is required, whether that be from the police, fire services or the ambulance. Alas, for some people out there, common sense does not ...continue reading

NSW Prisons Locked Down Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Poppy Morandin. The NSW prison system is currently under a state-wide lockdown after outbreaks of covid-19 have occurred among staff and inmates. Authorities are currently seeking to address the issue with rapid antigen testing and vaccinations. As of a couple of weeks ago, 21 per cent of NSW prisoners in government-run facilities had been fully ...continue reading

Harass, Menace or Offend Using Carriage Services Offences

Poppy Morandin.   Players from the Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs have been the latest to come forward regarding online abuse after receiving a barrage of insulting messages. Jordan Riki and Tesi Niu, of the Brisbane Broncos, posted screenshots of their inboxes after their team’s 28-20 defeat at Suncorp Stadium to the Newcastle Knights. Riki’s ...continue reading

Using a Carriage Service to Menace, Cause Offence or Harass Offences & Defences

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh. Image credit: Fadhli Adnan   A man has faced court in Queensland after allegedly editing and disseminating footage of the Christchurch mosque massacre. The footage begins with a title card stating: ‘how much more of this sh*t did you think we would take?’ before cutting to the graphic events of the ...continue reading

Making or Using Counterfeit Money Offences & Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In March 2021, shoppers and traders across Tasmania were being urged to be vigilant after reports surfaced that counterfeit money was floating amongst the community. In particular, it was found that businesses on the northwest coast were experiencing a spike in counterfeit notes being tendered. Tasmania Police jumped on ...continue reading

NSW Attorney-General Requests Review of Sexual Assault Sentencing Laws

Poppy Morandin.   Judges in New South Wales may soon be able to sentence persons found guilty of historical sex crimes using present laws, rather than those in force at the time of the offence, under a proposal by the NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman. “I’ve asked Department of Communities & Justice for a thorough review ...continue reading

Slavery & Servitude Offences & Defences in Australia

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Former Australian soldier and self-proclaimed “patriarchal overlord”, James Davis, has faced court over numerous slavery offences. The court heard Mr Davis was accused of ‘possessing a slave’ and ‘causing a person live in servitude’ at his Maroubra property, among other offences, in Sydney’s east between 2013 and 2015. Among ...continue reading

Law on Money Laundering via Cryptocurrency

Poppy Morandin.   A man who is alleged to have directed a money laundering criminal syndicate which converted over five million dollars’ worth of Bitcoin into cash, has been arrested and charged by police. The New South Wales Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Curns in order to investigate criminal syndicates involved in cyber-enabled ...continue reading

The Law on Money Laundering via Bitcoin

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A man from Sydney accused of running a criminal syndicate that laundered money via Bitcoin has been arrested after police allegedly discovered $1million worth of cash inside his car. About 5:30am on Monday 22 February 2021, cybercrime detectives from Strike Force Curns – which was set up in October ...continue reading

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