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

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

Man Charged for Sexual Assault Offences After Allegedly Posing as Police Officer

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It is reported that on 27 March 2020, a man allegedly posed as a police officer in Adelaide’s CBD, and under his guise, entered the hotel rooms of two women who were in COVID-19 isolation, where he went on to sexually assault them. According to ABC News, police ...continue reading

Former Western Australian Police Officer Faces 108 Sexual Assault Charges

  It is reported that 50-year-old former police officer from Western Australia, Adrian Moore has allegedly committed 108 sexual offences against women whom he met from multiple online dating apps. The man from the Perth suburb of Kelmscott allegedly sexually assaulted at least 8 women over a period from 2010 through to 2018. Western Australia ...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

Law on Aggravated Sexual Assault & Penalties in NSW

  It is reported that 36-year-old Reynhard Sinaga has been found guilty and convicted of 159 sexual assaults involving 48 young men over a period of January 2015 to June 2017. The Indonesian born student arrived into the United Kingdom in 2007, and it’s reported that he could have raped many strangers for years prior ...continue reading

What are the Rape Penalties in NSW?

  It’s reported that in 2006 and 2013, in New York, former Hollywood film producer, Harvey Weinstein has allegedly raped and sexually assaulted two women. Last week on Monday, Weinstein appeared in the New York State Supreme Court on his first day of trial for a charge of rape and sexual assault. While he entered ...continue reading

Law, Penalties & Defences for Sexual Assault Rape Charges in NSW

  It is reported that a former TV newsman Noriyuki Yamaguchi allegedly sexually assaulted freelance journalist Shiori Ito who has been awarded about $44,000 in damages for physical & psychological pain. Yamaguchi was ordered by the Tokyo District Court to pay Ito a sum of 3.3 million yen representing the psychological and physical pain caused ...continue reading

Law on Attempted Sexual Intercourse Without Consent

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Sexual assault is both a serious crime and one that is becoming increasingly common. In the last few years alone, sexual assault allegations across Australia investigated by police have been widespread, with their findings presenting frightening insights into the numbers and nature of assaults occurring. In fact, from ...continue reading

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