Is it Legal to Make a Citizen’s Arrest in NSW?

  It is reported that a man with a large knife in Sydney CBD has allegedly attempted to stab people on Tuesday. Causing the Sydney CBD to go into lockdown, the incident unfolded close to the corner of Clarence and King Street when a man who was reportedly armed with a machete went on a ...continue reading

The Law on the Sexual Abuse of Children in NSW

  It is reported that a Perth father has pleaded guilty after making admissions to the sexual abuse of young girls aged from five to nine years. The 45-year-old father faced 38-charges, which included indecent recording of a child, possessing child exploitation material and sexually penetrating a child. The District Court was told that a ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Having Sex with a Child?

  It is reported that 31-year-old Ruecha Tokputza has been charged with child sexual offences. Tokputza is guilty of sexually violating 13 children, including thirteen babies and boys over an offending period of over 6 years. The sexual assaults have been described by the Senior Counsel prosecutor Heath Barklay as so serious and severe that ...continue reading

A Guide on Your Right to Silence When Approached by Police

By Scott Feeney and Jimmy Singh.   The Brazilian Military Police were ready. The raid was about to take place in the northeast of the country, in the low-income community of Vila Irma Dulce. It was Monday the 22nd of April, and while on a regular patrol of their beat, the police observed a man ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Having Sex with an Under Age Person?

  It is reported that in May 2017 at about 7:40am in the Central Coast of NSW, a 33-year old man has walked over to a 12-year old child, dragged her into bushland, tied her to a tree and then sexually assaulted her. The man who was wearing camouflage clothing at the time, had attacked ...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 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

New NSW Sentencing Penalty Introduced: The New ‘Intensive Corrections Orders’

  On 24 October 2017, Parliament in NSW assented to the amending legislation which effectively changed the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW). As of 24 September 2018, three major new sentencing options were introduced into NSW. A Magistrate or Judge can now impose any one of these new sentencing or penalty options for traffic ...continue reading

New Sentencing Option Introduced in NSW: ‘Community Correction Orders’

Our previous blog outlined how the ‘section 10 bond’ has now replaced the new ‘conditional release order’ as a new sentencing option in NSW for criminal and traffic offences. This blog outlines a further new sentencing option called a ‘community corrections order’ which effectively replaces the old ‘section 9 bond’ and ‘community service order’ penalties, ...continue reading

The End of ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW as a Sentencing Option

  The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) reflects the law behind all the sentencing options a Magistrates or Judges can impose on a person guilty of a NSW criminal or traffic offence. That Law has now changed and the new NSW sentencing penalties or options commence from today 24 September 2018 onwards. The popular ...continue reading

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