Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers

Irish one-punch victim calls on police to withdraw prosecution of brother

The Irish tourist who was put into a coma for a week after his brother knocked him out with a one-punch assault in Kings Cross has come out requesting that criminal charges against his brother be dropped. Patrick Lyttle attended the Downing Centre Local Court today to support his brother Barry, who was appearing in court to face charges. Patrick Lyttle said: “We’re just hoping that in a couple of weeks’ time this can all get a whole lot better and we can all go home as a family.” There is no indication from media...

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NSW Government announces new anti-bikie laws

The NSW Government has announced new laws to combat organised crime, including UK-style Serious Crime Prevention Orders. Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) will restrict the activities of persons or businesses that are involved in public crime. Public Safety Orders (PCOs) will prevent people from attending places or events where they are expected to engage in violence or present a serious threat to public safety or security. Added powers for confiscation of the assets of serious criminals will come into...

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Gold Coast paediatrician fighting assault charge for hog-tying 7-year-old

A Gold Coast paediatrician is apparently defending a charge of common assault in the Southport Magistrates Court after he allegedly hog-tied a 7 year old boy and sat on him. Dr Neville Davis says that he hog-tied the boy because of his “dangerous and disruptive” behaviour. Dr Davis denied sitting on the boy. The doctor said that he had never done this manoeuvre before, and conceded that in hindsight, it was inappropriate. It is not entirely clear whether the hearing is one completely challenging the charge, or...

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Close friend charged in Georgina Bartter death

Georgina Bartter’s close friend, Rebecca Hannibal, has been charged with drug supply in relation to Bartter’s death at Harbourlife music festival in Sydney last year. Also charged is Matthew Forti, who is alleged to have been the drug dealer who supplied the drug which caused Bartter’s death. Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers follows on from our earlier blog on this topic (see below). Hannibal’s first court appearance was in Hannibal, where she pleaded not guilty, however details of her name have been suppressed...

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Ecstasy death at Sydney dance party

A 19-year-old man is dead and a 20-year-old in hospital after suspected drug overdoses at Sydney dance party A State of Trance, which took place on Saturday evening. The 19-year-old is said to have collapsed on the dance floor, whereafter he was taken to Concord Hospital and died. 40 people were arrested at the festival on charges of possession and supply. One man was arrested with 98 ecstasy pills, and another with 130. They will likely face charges of supplying an indictable quantity of ecstasy. 20% of those...

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Are Sydney siege interviews contempt of court?

Lawyers and academics are raising concerns over Channel Seven and Nine’s plans to air interviews of the hostages from the Martin Place siege as a coronial inquest is underway. Channel Seven is planning a news special this Sunday evening featuring hostage interviews, while there are rumours of a rival Channel Nine special, with both networks offering survivors large figures for their stories. Legal experts are concerned about the legal implications of the proposed interviews. Former State Director of Public...

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ABC Fact Check labels Queensland Government crime rate claims “exaggerated”

The ABC’s Fact Check has labelled the Queensland Government’s claim that its new anti-bikie laws have reduced crime “exaggerated”. The article was published yesterday and examines a Queensland Liberal National Party press release dated 5 January 2015 and claims made by Premier Campbell Newman on the campaign trail. The election will take place on 31 January 2015. Newman cited the following specific offences in a press conference: robbery, down 27%, unlawful entry, down 20% and motor vehicle theft, down 19%. The...

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No breath testing for WA skippers in upcoming Australia Day celebrations

A legal loophole means drunk skippers cannot be breath tested by WA Police in the upcoming Australia Day celebrations taking place in the Perth river banks. 12,000 boats are expected to be on the water for the Australia Day fireworks. The regulations do not permit breath testing of skippers, so those who are operating vessels drunk can only be prosecuted and fined $1000 under the Marine Act if they are incapable of operating their vessels because of drugs or alcohol. The police, therefore, face the difficult task...

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NSW Opposition announces plans for specialist domestic violence court

The NSW Opposition Leader has indicated that if elected, his government will introduce a trial of specialist sexual assault and domestic violence courts in various NSW locations. Luke Foley has followed on with the policy announced by former Labor leader John Robertson. This would be the first specialist sexual assault and domestic violence courts of their kind in Australia, following in the example of the NSW Drug Court. Foley’s aims are to create a streamlined process where domestic assault matters are handled...

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Lucky escape for cat victim of cruelty

A cat was lucky to escape serious injury after it was found with an arrow in its back in Armadale WA. The arrow did not hit any organs and a spokesperson from the RSPCA said the cat, named “Tiggar”, was likely to make a full recovery. The perpetrator has not been apprehended. Animal cruelty carries significant penalties under NSW criminal law. The Crimes Act punishes the most severe forms of animal cruelty by way of a three-part test. Under s 530, it is an offence to torture, beat or commit any other serious act...

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Car theft turns ugly

A man is being interviewed by Victoria Police after a would-be thief made off with his car in the early hours of this morning. The car owner was woken by the thief’s efforts and gave chase in another vehicle. The thief stopped the car and got out before being struck by the owner’s car. They then engaged in a fight. The thief was admitted to hospital with serious injuries. Both men are being interviewed by police. What are they up for? With regard to the thief, it is a simple case of larceny. In NSW, he would be...

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Police accountability for deaths in custody: a comparative look

Deaths in police custody has been a recurring news item in the past few months, both nationally and internationally. In Queensland, a review was announced by police commissioner Ian Stewart last November following three incidents in which police shot and killed individuals in the space of one week. The review will look at how officers deal with violent confrontations. Ferguson, Missouri The United States has been shaken by a spate of police shootings of African American men. The most high-profile was the shooting...

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