Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers

UPDATE: Friend Changes Plea to Guilty in Georgina Bartter Case

UPDATE: A lawyer for Rebecca Hannibal, the best friend of Harbourlife ecstasy overdose victim Georgina Bartter, appeared in court today, changing her plea from not guilty to guilty. Hannibal previously appeared in court, pleading not guilty to drug supply. As her case was in the initial stages, the details  of her proposed defence were unknown. Her decision to change her plea is undoubtedly a forensic one undertaken under the advice of her lawyers – it is expected that the police have a strong case against her....

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Claims Scuba Company Deleted Photos of Backpacker Moments Before She Died On Charter

Friends of a backpacker who died on a Whitsundays scuba trip claimed that the staff for the company operating the dive deleted photos taken of the deceased on the boat shortly before she died. The claims have not been addressed by the operator, nor verified by media. Bethany Farrell, aged 23 and from Essex, United Kingdom, died on a scuba trip time place operated by Wings Diving Adventure. Queensland police are currently investigating the incident. Ms Farrell’s friends on board the boat at the time claimed via a...

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Three children dead after mother drives into Melbourne lake

A police investigation is continuing and no charges have been laid after a Melbourne woman drove into a lake with her 4 children, killing 3 and leaving another in hospital. Akon Guode, a 35-year old mother crashed her car in Wyndham Vale in Melbourne’s west. Her partner and father of her child, Joseph Manyang, was reported to say that Ms Guode was feeling dizzy moments before the crash and did not remember driving into the lake. There is no suggestion in this article that Ms Guode is criminally responsible for...

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Luke Lazarus receives three years non-parole for Kings Cross rape: too lenient or too harsh?

Last week Luke Lazarus was sentenced to a minimum of three years’ jail for the 2013 sexual assault of a teenager in a laneway behind the SOHO nightclub in Kings Cross owned by his father. He was found guilty after a jury trial which heard that Lazarus met the victim in the nightclub, claimed to own it, and offered to introduce her to the DJ. It was her first night in Kings Cross and she was a virgin. Lazarus took her out the back and the pair commenced kissing. The victim declared an intention to go back inside,...

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Mother of teen victim of excessive police force considering legal action

The mother of a dead teenager who was found not guilty of resisting arrest after being decked and wrangled into a paddy wagon in Sydney’s CBD is considering taking legal action against NSW Police. Melissa Dunn committed suicide in a Maroubra car park after having an argument with her boyfriend in 2012. She was arrested after a night out with friends in January 2012 when she was 16 years old. She charged with resisting arrest, and acquitted in the Local Court in August 2012 after Magistrate Hogg found the...

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Affray charge after Sydney CBD brawl

A man has been charged with affray and assault and resist police following a Sydney CBD brawl on Sunday morning which allegedly involved up to 50 people. A 32 year old man from Rhodes is appearing at Central Local Court today. Two others have also been charged. The brawl broke out in front of The Flynn nightclub on Bligh St, reportedly after one patron threw a bottle at another group of patrons inside the venue. Three police officers received minor injuries. Police say further Court Attendance Notices will be...

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Father faces court for “marrying” 12 year old daughter to 26 year old man

A man has been charged with child sexual abuse after he allegedly arranged to have his 12 year old daughter married to a 26 year old man from Lebanon. The 63 year old, who cannot be named, appeared in the Downing Centre District Court today on charges of procuring a child under 14 for unlawful sexual activities, and being an accessory before the fact to sexual intercourse with a person under 14. The 26 year old man, now 27, received a 7 and a half year sentence for playing the part of “husband”. He was convicted...

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Former Commonwealth Bank manager charged with multi-million dollar bribery

A 61 year-old former worker for the Commonwealth Bank appeared in Central Local Court today charged with bribery arising out of a series of overseas transactions. Keith Hunter was charged by Fraud and Cybercrime Squad of NSW Police following a joint NSW Police and FBI investigation. The tip-off came from an internal investigation which identified suspicious payments into the accounts of Hunter and another CBA IT manager. It is alleged that Hunter, a US national residing in Sydney, gave a contract to a Californian...

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AVO to protect Ita Buttrose’s niece

Police have taken out an AVO to protect Ita Buttrose’s niece Lizzie Buttrose from her boyfriend Scott Fay. The Daily Telegraph reports that court documents allege that an argument between the pair erupted in the early hours of 5 May over an exchange of text messages exchanged. It is not clear whether this date is erroneous, and that the correct date is something more proximate, such as 5 March 2015. It is possible that the date is 5 May 2014, and the matter has been able to resist publicity until now. Fay is...

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Mick Hawi sentenced to 3.5 years for Sydney Airport manslaughter

Former Comancheros boss Mick Hawi has been sentenced to three and a half years jail for his role in the 2009 Sydney Airport bikie brawl. Hawi pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September 2014 after he successfully appealed his 2011 murder conviction in the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) in May 2014. The decision was handed down in the Supreme Court this afternoon. Thus far reports have been unable to outline whether Hawi has been released. Even though his sentence is likely to take into account time served, which...

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Queensland greyhound trainer faces animal cruelty charges following Four Corners report

A Queensland greyhound trainer has been charged in the first such case following the explosive Four Corners report on 16 February 2015, which exposed rampant animal cruelty in the industry. Tom Noble was charged with seven counts of serious animal cruelty and appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court on 10 March 2015. He was granted bail and is due to appear again on 31 March 2015. Noble’s charges link him to the use of animals for live bait. He faces a maximum seven years in jail. The Four Corners report detailed...

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NSW Government announces plans for a domestic violence register

The NSW Government has announced plans to be the first State to have a domestic violence register. The scheme will be modelled on a UK equivalent, and will allow individuals to obtain disclosures from police into their partners’ history of domestic violence (if any). To begin with, the register will only consist of men convicted of a domestic assault crime, but it is understood the Government is considering rolling this out to include those the subject of an ADVO after some time. Only persons who are in a...

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