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

Inquest into William Tyrrell Case Hears Bestiality Allegations Involving Person of Interest

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   William Tyrrell – the little boy in the Spiderman suit – has now been missing for almost six years. On 12 September 2014, the three-year-old disappeared while distinct images of the joyous, engaging toddler became etched into Australia’s memory. And yet, despite a colossal investigation by police, coupled ...continue reading

Stranger Allegedly Sexually Touched School Girl is Yet to be Identified and Charged

  It’s every parents’ nightmare. A child walking to school one morning when approached by a stranger in a car who manages to lure the child into the car before committing an act of sexual touching, or worse. That’s what allegedly occurred to a 12-year-old girl last Thursday morning at about 8am when the Sydney ...continue reading

Man Charged with Filming a Person Without Consent in Sydney

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   This week, it was reported that a 49-year-old man was arrested at a brothel in Surry Hills after he was caught filming a 23-year-old woman without consent. On 17 February 2020, shortly after 6pm, Police officers from the Surry Hills Police Area Command responded to a job to ...continue reading

Is Sexual Touching Without Consent a Crime in NSW?

It has been reported that shortly after 10:30pm on Tuesday, a woman who was walking home to her apartment in Sydney was allegedly attacked by a naked man. It is reported that the 29-year-old woman was walking to her apartment when a naked man approached her before allegedly punching her to the ground. Whilst the ...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, Sentences and Defences for a Sexual Act Charge in NSW

  31-year-old Gary Kirby was on a flight with his 10-year-old son when he was sexually assaulted by a female passenger, 38-year-old Louise Whyte. Mr. Kirby and his son were boarded on a flight from UK to Turkey when Mr. Kirby was groped by Whyte. The incident unfolded when Whyte had her own trousers down ...continue reading

Law and Penalties for Sexually Touching a Child Under 10 in NSW

  It is reported that 29-year-old Nikhil Bhatia allegedly kissed a two-year-old toddler on his lips at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium last Sunday. Police allege that Bhatia kissed the toddler twice on the lips after touching the boy’s head as he stood over his pram. The boy’s parents then shoved him away from their ...continue reading

What are the Sexual Touching Laws in NSW?

  It is reported that at about 6:20am on Thursday 9 January, a man caught a Caringbah-bound train from Central Train Station in Sydney before sitting next to a 30-year-old woman who was at the time having a nap. When the woman woke up at some stage during the train journey, she woke to the ...continue reading

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