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

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

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

Sydney Uber Driver Sentenced for Raping 17-Year-Old Girl in Car

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   The case of a former Sydney Uber driver who was charged with raping a teenager in Bondi as she dozed off in the back of his car after she had been drinking with friends in August 2018 has finally closed, with the offender being jailed for eight-and-a-half years. ...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

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

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

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