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25/09/2019 – South Australia to outlaw use of spit hoods in youth detention centres
The South Australian Ombudsman has found South Australia is the only state or territory that still uses spit hoods in youth detention centre. Peter O’Brien was featured in the ABC PM audio podcast.
31/08/2019 – Inquest into William Tyrrell’s disappearance adjourned until 2020 despite gripping statement
After five weeks of evidence, dozens of witnesses and two separate courthouses, the inquest into the disappearance of NSW toddler William Tyrrell was brought to a standstill.
28/06/2019 – William Tyrrell inquest to grill axed detective over his ‘methods’
Former homicide detective Gary Jubelin will be called as a witness at the inquest into the disappearance of three-year-old William Tyrrell, with counsel for various “persons of interest” keen to cross-examine him about his methods.
24/06/2019 – Dylan Voller wins landmark social media defamation case
Former Northern Territory youth detainee Dylan Voller won against three media organisations for defamation over a series of claims made about him in the comments section of Facebook posts. Read our media release here.
Sydney Morning Herald – Media companies liable for Facebook comments made by others, court finds
SBS – Court rules in favour of Voller defamation case brought against media outlets
ABC – AM Radio – Traditional media reacts angrily to landmark defamation ruling
13/06/2019 – Channel Seven fails to stop Aboriginal group’s Sunrise defamation lawsuit
Residents from a remote Aboriginal community launched a defamation lawsuit against Seven West Media over a controversial breakfast show segment. Channel Seven tried and failed to strike out the lawsuit at a Federal Court hearing in Sydney. Our law firm is representing 15 plaintiffs, including 6 children, from Yirrkala community. Read our media release here.
26/04/2019 – Dorendahl Inquest
Mother Michelle Dorendahl was pregnant with her second child when her young daughter Eeva lost her life in tragic circumstances that were considered by a coronial inquest. Principal lawyer Peter O’Brien represented Ms Dorendahl at the inquest and always suspected the daughter’s late father Mr Hutchings caused the deaths. Read the full coverage of the Dorendahl inquest below.
05/04/2019 – Yirrkala people sue Channel Seven over Sunrise segment
Residents of Yirrkala Aboriginal community have sued Channel Seven for defamation after a controversial Sunrise segment. The program illustrated a story about abuse on Aboriginal children while showing alleged footage of Yirrkala residents. Despite a blurring filter used by the program, adults and children were still able to be seen and identified. Our law firm is representing the residents of the Yirrkala community. Read our media release here.
ABC News – Yirrkala residents launch defamation action against Channel Seven’s Sunrise
News.com.au – Residents of small Indigenous community launch defamation action against Sunrise
The Australian – Blurred footage on Sunrise ‘made Aborigines targets of ridicule’
B&T – Channel Seven sued over controversial and ‘disturbing’ segment of Sunrise
27/03/2019 – Children not returned by parents in custody disputes to be treated as missing, coroner says
A coronial inquest into the deaths of Greg Hutchings, and his 4-year-old daughter, Eeva Dorendahl, has recommended police treat children as missing persons if they are not returned by parents involved in custody disputes. Peter O’Brien represented Eeva’s mother, Ms Michelle Dorendahl, at the inquest and said Mr Hutchings had always been suspected of causing the deaths.
07/03/2019 – Former Seven reporter Josh Massoud launches defamation action
Sports journalist Josh Massoud has taken legal action against more than half a dozen media outles over the coverage of his departure from the Seven Network. Stewart O’Connell is representing Massoud, who said there was a significant difference between what the parties involved agreed occurred and what certain sections of the media actually reported.
13/02/2019 – Fee structure works as an incentive to delay a case
Private lawyers who are funded by Legal Aid NSW were unfairly criticised last week after research from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) was released. Peter O’Brien said a lot of private lawyers do very high-quality work for legal aid clients at what is a fraction of commercial rates.
Police pursue ‘active’ leads’ into William Tyrrell’s disappearance – 21/12/2018
William Tyrrell disappeared more than 4 years ago without a trace, but the Coroner’s Court heard there is a chance he’s still alive.
‘Cult leader’ ordered to pay blogger’s legal costs – 07/12/2018
Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien interviewed on Channel 7 news- 07/11/2018
Peter O’Brien speaking at an SBS Forum on Juvenile Justice.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese- 23/11/2016
Peter O’Brien questions former Newcastle dean Graeme Lawrence during the Royal Commission.
O’Brien puts it to Lawrence that others have said he was a paedophile.
“I totally reject that,” Lawrence says.
He denies being questioned in 1997 about allegations against him and has denied the evidence of others that he was the person at the end of a child sexual abuse hotline run by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
“I was not handling a hotline,” Lawrence said.
O’Brien: “You were the fox in charge of the hen house.”
“You were protecting priests from allegations of child sexual abuse.”
“I did not.”
Asked whether he had “any inclination” to either a priest or a complainant” in any matter, Lawrence said: “I don’t recall any approaches.”
Read the full blog from Day 15 of the Royal Commission in the Newcastle Herald here.
Solicitor Stewart O’ Connell featuring in the Serge Benhayon Defamation case- 23/10/2018