The Penalties for Sexual Assault without Consent in NSW

  It is reported that in November 2018, an anaesthetist, Dr. Adam examined the rectum of his 37-year-old patient without the patients consent. Following a complaint made about this, Dr. Hill in March was suspended by the Medical Council of NSW. Dr. Hill has agreed that it was wrong to have conducted the rectum examination ...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 Rape in NSW?

  Luke Merryfull and Shaun Bloomfield, both aged 24 attended a 21st birthday party in 2016 in a small town called Balmoral, situated about 4-hour drive from Melbourne. They were arrested and charged for raping their friend at the same birthday party. Following a jury trial, both men were found guilty for raping their female ...continue reading

What is Sexual Assault?

  A 23-years-old Australian-born cricketer, Alex Hepburn was playing for the English county of Worcestershire in 2017 when he was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault. The prosecution’s case was that the alleged victim had consensual sexual intercourse with Joe Clarke, Hepburn’s teammate, at the Worcester apartment. The prosecution said, that when ...continue reading

Sexual Assault Laws in NSW

  On Thursday 10 January 2019, a NSW police officer was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting someone inside an inner-western Sydney home last year in September. The NSW police professional standards command had commenced investigations into this late last year. It is reported that the police officer charged in this was employed in ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Aggravated Sexual Assault in NSW

  30-year-old former Parramatta Eels rugby leagues football player Jarryd Hayne has been charged with aggravated sexual assault in circumstances of allegedly raping and inflicting actual bodily harm on a 26-year old woman. It is alleged that on 30 September Hayne had been communicating with the 26-year old woman via a social messenger app before ...continue reading

Can Clothing be Used as Evidence of Consent in a Rape Trial?

It is reported that an alleged rape victim’s intentions appear to have been judged on her underwear. A 27-year old Irish man has been found not guilty for the charge of allegedly raping a 17-year-old woman in Ireland. The Accused person’s lawyer referred to the alleged victim’s G-string’ in closing submissions- showing it in court, ...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

Defences and Penalties for Sexual Assault Offences in NSW

  29-year-old property developer Longwei Xu was charged and found guilty following an 8-day jury trial for sexual assault, and indecent assault charges. Mr. Xu was sentenced by District Court Judge Norman on Friday October 12, resulting in an imprisonment sentence of two and a half years behind bars, with a balance of one and ...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

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