AB v State of NSW: Suing police for Wrongful Arrest

Want to sue the police for unlawful arrest? Discover how our Sydney client fared in his civil action against the police.

Unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault

In his early 20s, AB formed a sexual relationship. When that relationship broke down, his ex-partner contacted police and made an unsubstantiated allegation that AB had sexually assaulted him.

Relying on that sole allegation, the police arrested AB. At the time of the arrest, AB was living in a hostel and his arrest was very public. During the arrest AB was given no reason for his apprehension. AB was ultimately released without charge when the police considered the scant evidence against him.

Result obtained by our civil action lawyers:

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors argued that the anecdotal allegation of one individual is not sufficient grounds on which the police can form the reasonable suspicion needed for arrest. We also argued that the arrest was humiliating and unnecessary.

We made a further suggestion that our client was unfairly targeted because he was previously known to police. Despite that involvement happening because he had previously been a victim of crime! Once again, being previously known to police is no grounds for arrest. Police settled on AB’s claim of unlawful arrest.


Thanks Peter!

Thankyou for settling my claim – I know it was hard work, but the results have paid off in a miraculous way. I recommend O’Brien Solicitors to everyone who has been unlawfully arrested or who has been the victim of unlawful police claims. Thankyou!



O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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