Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers

Georgina Bartter death – what is the dealer up for? Essay

While articles proliferate in the media following Sydney teenager Georgina Bartter’s death at Sydney music festival Harbourlife last Saturday after supposedly consuming one and a half ecstasy pills, possibly referred to as “purple speakers”, many commentators are focusing their attention on the drug supplier. If he or she is found, what exactly are they up for? Supply or something more? Perhaps manslaughter? Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers delves into the archives and unearths an article on the topic written by...

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No penalty for domestic assault

Our client was convicted of a domestic assault offence. We made submissions in support of a section 10, but considering the message the courts need to send to the community about domestic violence, the Magistrate was not fully persuaded by our submissions. Nevertheless, the Magistrate decided to proceed under s10A, entering a conviction but no other penalty or bond.

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Cunneen v ICAC: judgment summary and discussion

In reasons released yesterday, Hoeben CJ at CL, sitting in the Supreme Court, struck down Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC’s bid to declare the ICAC investigation against her outside power and otherwise injunct the Commission from proceeding with public hearings. Cunneen (first plaintiff) is under investigation for allegedly perverting the course of justice by together with her son (second plaintiff) counselling her son’s girlfriend (third plaintiff) to fake chest pains following a motor vehicle...

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Mass arrests following teen overdose death – ecstasy possession at Harbourlife

Amid the tragic news of a Sydney teenager who passed away at Harbourlife festival on the weekend following an apparent drug overdose, police conducted a massive sniffer dog operation at the event at Mrs Macquaries Chair, arresting 78 people for drug offences. Individuals charged at these festivals usually receive the same time and place listing on their CANs (court attendance notice). This means that on the day, about 78 people turn up to court on the same list, waiting for their matter to be dealt with by the...

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Victoria criminalises non-consensual “sexting”; excludes consensual underaged sexters from criminal liability

Victoria recently amended their Crimes Act to create an offence for sharing intimate issues of another person with a third party without the consent of the other person. Another change was legislative protection for minors (under the age of 18) who share with each other pictures of another minor less than two years younger than themselves. Equivalent laws do not yet exist in NSW. Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-21/teen-sexting-outlawed-in-tas/5686398 ...

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SA souvenir whale grave-diggers arrested – is it illegal in NSW?

Two persons have been arrested for removing teeth from whale carcasses on a South Australian beach. The two carcasses formed part of a pod of dead sperm whales which was found washed up on Ardrossan Beach on the Yorke Peninsula. The pair was charged under a South Australian law which prohibits such souvenir hunting. It is not immediately clear what law this is. The position in NSW It is not clear whether this conduct would be illegal in NSW. Section 5 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 makes it an...

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Attempt to procure a murder – AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd fronts court in NZ

Attempt to procure a murder – AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd fronts court in NZ Making headlines this week is AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who has been charged with attempting to procure a murder and appeared in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand yesterday. He was arrested after an early morning raid yesterday in his waterfront property. Reports say he had been partying for days, and in the attached media report, the alleged hitman called him the “Hugh Hefner of Tauranga” due to his benevolence to local businesses in...

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Art exhibition by Kings Cross injecting centre clients

Art exhibition by Kings Cross injecting centre clients Clients of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross are participants in an art exhibition taking place at the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Centre. One of the aims of the exhibition is to challenge common stereotypes about those in the community who inject drugs.You can see some of the entries...

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No conviction for foreign national caught with cocaine

Our client was an Irish national who inadvertently produced a bag of cocaine in front of police after he had been ejected from a nightclub and was arguing with bouncers. He was charged with possession and remaining in the vicinity of a licensed venue after being turned out. We advised him to plead guilty and made submissions in favour of mitigation of penalty. The Court was minded to accept our submissions, and imposed put our client on a 9 month good behaviour bond under section 1o for the drug charge. For the...

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Minimum disqualification for young drink driver with traffic record – Blacktown Local Court

Our client was a young man charged with driving with mid-range PCA. Despite suffering extra-curial punishment in the form of being retrenched from his job as a result of his licence suspension, the court insisted on entering a conviction, in light of the short period of time in which our client had held a drivers licence, and the fact that his P1 licence had already been once suspended for demerit points. He received the minimum period of disqualification and a fine.

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The medical marijuana debate

A revolution is underway in the decriminalisation of medical marijuana. In September, the NSW Government announced a clinical trial of the medical use of marijuana. A working group is due to report back before the end of the year on issues such as supply and distribution. The end point would be a change in police guidelines to prevent prosecution for possession of small amounts of marijuana on a register of terminally ill patients.[1] NSW In the latest news, the Premier announced that he is considering  trialing...

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