May 20, 2020

No conviction for MP charged with public order offences

protesters demonstrationFederal Member of Parliament is charged with disobeying police

BCD, a Federal Member of Parliament, was standing shoulder to shoulder with an assembly of protesters in front of a gate. The protest was deemed unlawful as previous notice had not been given to police.

The protesters were warned on three occasions that blocking or obstructing traffic is an offence and were directed to move, which they refused. Police allege they had to use force to remove the protesters as they refused to move. BCD was charged with not obeying direction of police and pedestrian obstructing drivers/other pedestrians’ path.

Plea of guilty by MP defendant

O’Brien Criminal and Civil successfully represented BCD, who pleaded guilty at Parramatta Local Court.

The charges against BCD were dismissed under section 10(1)(a) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, and no conviction was imposed.

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