Common assault: behave in offensive manner near public place – destroy / damage property by fire: Police v DLO

Common assault, Section 61 Crimes Act 1900behave in offensive manner near public place, Section 4 Summary Offences Act 1988 – damage property by fire, Section 195 Crimes Act 1900 – destroy or damage property, Section 195 Crimes Act 1900 – contested hearing – fine – good behaviour bond, Section 9 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999


DLO was filmed by various security cameras on a spree of property damage, and, at one point, fighting with guards. The offences occurred all on one morning. DLO gave instructions to contest all of the charges against him.


DLO was found guilty of all charges, yet was given relatively light sentences.

The common assault was met with a good behaviour bond; DLO received no conviction for the offensive behaviour; the offense of damage by fire attracted a short suspended sentence; and the damage of property was punished with a fine. At the conclusion of the case, the only action DLO had to take was to pay a fine.

Contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with the defence lawyers in our Sydney office. 24 hour phone / text: 0421 373 961

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