Sydney Man Sentenced for Filming Housemate Engaging in Private Act Using a Hidden Camera in Her Burwood Home

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A Sydney man who filmed his flatmate without consent at their Burwood home after secretly installing a hidden camera inside a smoke alarm in her bedroom “to obtain sexual arousal” has been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order. For four months earlier this year, Ratna Babu Bolleddu spied ...continue reading

Chinese Drug Trafficker on Death Row Escapes Lawful Custody by Tunnelling Through Sewers to Road Outside

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s the kind of plot you’d only ever see play out in a movie, except of course this was real life – in mid-September 2020, a man facing the death sentence in Indonesia for drug trafficking managed to escape from jail by tunnelling through the sewage system, and ...continue reading

NSW Police Commissioner Defends Officers Who Performed ‘Unlawful’ Arrest on Curtis Scott

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has sought to defend the actions of police officers involved in the wrongful arrest of NRL player Curtis Scott. The bodycam footage of the arrest shown in court sparked outrage, with it depicting Scott, who was passed out drunk at the foot of ...continue reading

Latest BOSCAR statistics and the need for greater focus on rehabilitation: An interview with Deputy Mayor of Dubbo and Barrister Stephen Lawrence

By Poppy Morandin.   Recent release of crime statistics detailing a quarterly update for this year, have revealed that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. A major exception to this finding was within the crime category of sexual assault, which has risen 9.4% over ...continue reading

Killara Man Charged for Sexual Act For Alleged Daylight Nudie-Run On NSW Beach

  It is reported that at about 10:45am on Saturday, police received multiple complaints about a man walking naked on Jimmys Beach at Hawks Nest, north of Port Stephens in the Hunter Region of NSW. A 51-year-old man from Killara has been charged with committing a sexual act and indecent exposure as a result. Police ...continue reading

Penalties on Publishing the Identity of Sexual Assault Survivors in NSW: Interview with Sexual Abuse Survivor, Activist and Jewish Community Leader Manny Waks

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Changes to Victoria’s Judicial Proceedings Reports Act have stopped survivors of sexual assault in Victoria from utilising their real names when publicly sharing their stories of abuse. The recent changes, which took effect in February 2020, mean that it is now an offence for victims, as well as ...continue reading

Woman Manhandled Then Handcuffed by Police for Wearing Thong to the Beach

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Back in the year 1999, renowned American singer-songwriter Sisqo enlightened us about, you know, the finer things in life, declaring to the world that indeed, amongst us, some just wanna show, that thong th thong thong thong. And why not. If that’s what floats your boat, then so ...continue reading

The New Laws on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Diversionary Pathway

  There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with the criminal ...continue reading

Concerns Reignited for Prisoners Amid Further Outbreaks of COVID-19

By Poppy Morandin.   There are reportedly 70 inmates in lockdown within Silverwater Correctional Complex after coming into close contact with a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Within their advocacy efforts, The Greens have issued an open letter to Anthony Roberts, Minister for Corrections detailing the “significant concerns…about the lockdown at Silverwater ...continue reading

International Student Accused of Placing Camera in University Shower Cubicle Charged for Filming Person Engaged in Private Act

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   An international student accused of installing a hidden camera in a communal shower cubicle at an on-campus residence at the Australian National University in Canberra has been released on bail. According to news reports, on 1 July 2020, Junqi Huang – dubbed a “super brain” mathematics student – ...continue reading

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