The Law and Penalties for Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company

  27-year-old Jack De Belin, a St George Illawarra rugby league player and friend, Callan Sinclair have both now been charged with aggravated sexual assault in company offences. About 6-days ago, Jack De Belin attended the Wollongong police station where he was charged. On Monday, his friend, Sinclair was subsequently visited and arrested at a ...continue reading

Penalties for Persistent Sexual Abuse of Children Offences in NSW

  In an effort to place the safety of our children first, the laws are required to be updated as we gain more insight into community expectations and needs. Attorney-General Mark Speakman has outlined some of the new laws to be introduced into NSW to protect our children. It is reported that there is force ...continue reading

The Law on the Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Fact Defence

  Before outlining the honest and reasonable mistake of fact defence, it is important to get a general understanding of ‘absolute liability offences’ and ‘strict liability offences’. Absolute Liability Offences An absolute liability offence is any offence which there is no requirement to have a guilty mind (‘mens rea’) at the time of committing the ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Child Grooming and Child Sex Offences in NSW?

  Actor and screen writer Nathan Spiteri was targeted, groomed and sexually abused at the age of 8-years of age in 1987, in his home town of Queanbeyan, NSW. It was during the summer season that then 8-year old Nathan was first sexually abused at the Queanbeyan pool. It all started when a man who ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Aggravated Sexual Assault in NSW

  30-year-old former Parramatta Eels rugby leagues football player Jarryd Hayne has been charged with aggravated sexual assault in circumstances of allegedly raping and inflicting actual bodily harm on a 26-year old woman. It is alleged that on 30 September Hayne had been communicating with the 26-year old woman via a social messenger app before ...continue reading

Can Clothing be Used as Evidence of Consent in a Rape Trial?

It is reported that an alleged rape victim’s intentions appear to have been judged on her underwear. A 27-year old Irish man has been found not guilty for the charge of allegedly raping a 17-year-old woman in Ireland. The Accused person’s lawyer referred to the alleged victim’s G-string’ in closing submissions- showing it in court, ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Child Grooming Charges in NSW

  43-year-old, Senior Constable Dean Perkins, stationed from Mt. Druitt Police Station was arrested and charged last Thursday afternoon with a raft of alleged child sex offences over a ten-year period from 2007 -2018 in Sydney’s West. The senior constable, after serving as a police officer for 16 years, has been suspended from the police ...continue reading

The Penalties for Child Sex Offences in NSW

  With advances in technology, parents are urged to be hyper-vigilant about who their children were conversing with online. One of the parents of Jack Carpenter’s victims was reported saying, “check, double-check and if they think you are being invasive, be more invasive… monitor your children and look after them, because you don’t want to ...continue reading

What is the Law and Penalties for Indecent Assault Charges in NSW?

  26-year-old NSW Police Constable, Mitchell James Willey was charged for indecently assaulting a woman at a Penrith music festival-Defqon 1 on 16 September last year. On Monday 15 October 2018, the off-duty police officer pleaded guilty in the Penrith Local Court to the indecent assault charge. Since charged, it’s reported that he had been ...continue reading

Defences and Penalties for Sexual Assault Offences in NSW

  29-year-old property developer Longwei Xu was charged and found guilty following an 8-day jury trial for sexual assault, and indecent assault charges. Mr. Xu was sentenced by District Court Judge Norman on Friday October 12, resulting in an imprisonment sentence of two and a half years behind bars, with a balance of one and ...continue reading

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