New Test for Police Negligence

Robinson (Appellant) v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (Respondent) [2018] UKSC 4 Facts: A plainclothes police officer DS Willan, spotted a Mr. Williams apparently dealing drugs. DS Willan called for back up and three other plainclothes officers soon joined him. Mr Williams entered a shop. They planned to ambush the suspect when he left Read more about New Test for Police Negligence[…]

High Court Decides What Constitutes Criminal Damage

High Court Hears Protester Appeal – What Constitutes Criminal Damage Today we argued our appeal in the High Court against an environmental protestor’s conviction for ‘destroy or damage property’ under s 195 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). We are appealing lower court decisions that the protestor ‘damaged’ a coal ship loader by attaching himself to it in protest Read more about High Court Decides What Constitutes Criminal Damage[…]

U.S. Police Officer Charged with the Murder & Manslaughter of Australian Woman

In the United States, a former police officer Mohamed Noor will stand trial for murder and manslaughter charges for the 2017 shooting of an Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk. An unwarranted and tragic death in the U.S. On 15 July 2017, Ms Ruszczyk believed that a possible sexual assault was taking place in an alley behind her Read more about U.S. Police Officer Charged with the Murder & Manslaughter of Australian Woman[…]

Horrific Recording of Disability Carer Abusing Disabled Child

An audio recording obtained by the ABC reveals the horrific abuse that occurs within the disability care sector. Horrific recording reveals abuse of disabled boy The recording was made in 2016 by a not-for-profit organisation that was running a group home for teens. The organisation reported the matter to the Police, Children’s Guardian and NSW Read more about Horrific Recording of Disability Carer Abusing Disabled Child[…]

Police Watchlist Targeting Children needs to be Removed

In an earlier article this year, we wrote about a secret police watchlist called the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP). The STMP is a list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. Almost half of the people targeted by the STMP are under the age of Read more about Police Watchlist Targeting Children needs to be Removed[…]

The Impact of Trauma on the Legal Process

New laws have been introduced in New South Wales to help juries understand the impact of trauma on victims of sexual assault. What is trauma? An event is traumatic when it causes a person to be incapable of coping with a situation. A traumatic experience may occur when the person is subjected to a threat Read more about The Impact of Trauma on the Legal Process[…]

Alleged Criminal Syndicate Charged with Dishonesty Offences

Several individuals have been arrested and charged over their alleged involvement in a wide-ranging scam that was run from inside an immigration detention centre. Alleged criminal syndicate charged with range of dishonesty offences Police suspect that a male detainee at Villawood Detention Centre was running a wide-ranging scam netting close to $3 million using 16 mobile phones. He has Read more about Alleged Criminal Syndicate Charged with Dishonesty Offences[…]

Myanmar Military Accused of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity

In August 2017, the Myanmar military launched violent attacks against the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority in the country. These “clearance operations” have resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths and have forced 700,000 people to flee across the border to Bangladesh. Calls for the prosecution of Myanmar’s top military generals The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission Read more about Myanmar Military Accused of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity[…]

Push for Pill Testing after Defqon.1 Deaths

An annual music festival has ended with the tragic deaths of two young people and several people hospitalised for suspected drug overdoses. Defqon.1, a Sydney hardstyle music festival, was held over the weekend attracting a crowd of over 30,000. Police reported up to 700 people seeking help from medical staff at the music festival. Ten Read more about Push for Pill Testing after Defqon.1 Deaths[…]