Man Charged Over Alleged Sexual Act with Underage Girl on Bus in Hunter Region

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A man has been charged over an alleged sexual act that took place in front of an underage girl on a bus in New South Wales’ Hunter region last month. The incident is said to have occurred around 1:45pm on 24 June 2020 when a 16-year-old schoolgirl boarded ...continue reading

Law on Correctional Employees Engaging in Sexual Conduct or Intimate Relationship with Inmates in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A Sydney prison guard is facing the grim possibility of two years behind bars over an alleged sexual relationship she had with an inmate that continued for several months in the confines of a Western Sydney jail. Melissa Goodwin was provisionally stood down in May 2020 by her ...continue reading

Law on NSW Police Arrest Powers

  In NSW, a police officer is allowed to use force when exercising their lawful powers. However, it isn’t that simple. According to section 230 of Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW), police are allowed to use such force as is reasonably necessary for purposes of exercising one of their powers as a ...continue reading

NSW Police Facing Class Action Over Strip Search Practices

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   Redfern Legal Centre in collaboration with Slater and Gordon have recently announced their intention to mount a class action against NSW Police in relation to the unlawful utilisation of search powers, particularly strip searches. They seek to obtain compensation for the supposed thousands of individuals that have been ...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

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

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