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Losing a loved one to murder

Losing a loved one to murder

  Losing a loved one to murder By Redmond @ Nova Introduction Losing a loved one through homicide is one of the most traumatic experiences that an individual can face; it is an event for which no one can adequately prepare, but which leaves in its wake tremendous emotional pain and upheaval. For purposes of this article, homicide or murder is defined as the “willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another”. Homicide grief expert Lu Redmond has estimated that there are seven to ten close...

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Indecent Assault and Sexual assault-Everything you need to know

Indecent Assault and Sexual assault-Everything you need to know

INDECENT ASSAULT By David Philippe @ Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers The offence of indecent assault is embodied in section 61L of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), which provides: Any person who assaults another person and, at the time of, or immediately before or after, the assault, commits an act of indecency or in the presence of the other person, is liable to imprisonment for 5 years. An indecent assault charge is a Table 2 offence whereby the Prosecution can elect to have the matter heard in either the District or...

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Online frauds and scams

Online frauds and scams

Online frauds and scamsInternet banking fraud Internet banking fraud is fraud or theft committed using online technology to illegally remove money from, or transfer it to, a different bank account. Types of internet banking fraud include phishing and mule recruitment, and can happen through your smartphone, tablet and other mobile devices. Mobile banking Banking on your computer, tablet or smartphone is so convenient and banks protect your accounts with sophisticated software systems. Criminals know it’s...

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Why do some people get violent after drinking alcohol?

Why do some people get violent after drinking alcohol?

Why do some people get violent after drinking alcohol? Getting drunk increases the risk for violent behavior, but only for people who have a strong tendency to suppress feelings of anger when sober, a new Scandinavian study suggests. While previous studies have found a link between drinking and aggressive or violent actions, many of these were either performed in a laboratory, which does not necessarily reflect what real-world drunkenness, or based on surveys from a single time period. Studies carried out over a...

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Schoolgirls planned to murder their classmate by putting poison in her drink bottle

Schoolgirls planned to murder their classmate by putting poison in her drink bottle

Schoolgirls planned to murder their classmate by putting poison in her drink bottle – but were stopped when teachers found stolen chemicals in one teenager’s locker Two girls had planned to kill classmate by spiking her water bottle with poison Chemicals discovered in a locker after going missing from a chemistry cupboard New figures highlighted more than 1,500 incidents of assault or aggression Weapons ranged from guns, knives, tasers, rocks, screwdrivers, axe and pencils By MATT LECLERE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA...

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Ecstasy – Everything you need to know

Ecstasy Ecstasy, or MDMA (MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine) is a ‘psychedelic amphetamine’, which means it has properties of both hallucinogen and amphetamine drugs. Amphetamines make you feel more awake and alert, while hallucinogens can change your perception of reality. Ecstasy is also known as pills, yokes, and MDMA. It’s taken in the form of pills or powder and is commonly taken at parties, clubs and raves. The effects The effects of ecstasy vary from person to person. It depends on: your size (height and...

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Everything you need to know about an AVO

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is an Order made by a court against a person who makes you fear for your safety, to protect you from further violence, intimidation or harassment. All Apprehended Violence Orders made by the court prohibit the person who is causing these fears from assaulting, harassing, threatening, stalking, or intimidating you. Other conditions can be included. The person you fear, known as the defendant, must obey the Order made by the court. You can...

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Welcome to the world’s nicest prison!

Welcome to the world’s nicest prison!

Mr Vala, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has hands the size of dinner plates and shoulders like those of an ox. In an alcoholic rage, he used his brutish strength to strangle his girlfriend to death a few years ago. On a recent Thursday, however, at this summer-camp-like island prison in southern Norway, where convicts hold keys to their rooms and there are no armed guards or fences, Vala used those same enormous hands to help bring life into the world. The 42-year-old murderer stood watch while an...

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Racial crime Australia

Racial crime Australia

This blog outlines what constitutes racial hatred under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and provides an overview of the complaints process of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC). It also briefly outlines two cases of significance to the regulation of race hate on the Internet: Jones v Toben [1] and Dow Jones Company Inc v Gutnick. [2] The relevant state and territory provisions on racial vilification, including criminal sanctions, are also outlined. 1. Racial Hatred Defined Since the...

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What We Know About the Death of Ex-Bikie Boss Mick Hawi

What We Know About the Death of Ex-Bikie Boss Mick Hawi

What We Know About the Death of Ex-Bikie Boss Mick Hawi The former Comanchero was shot dead Thursday. This had likely been coming since 2009. Sergei Hedayat Feb 16 2018, 1:58pm Comanchero Annual Run. Photo Supplied. Ex-Comanchero bikie boss, Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi was executed outside Rockwell Fitness First in Sydney on Thursday. Sitting in his black Mercedes 4WD around noon, he was shot half a dozen times by two masked hitmen who then fled the scene. Soon after the shooting, a different...

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Prisoner Anxiety

Prisoner Anxiety

Prisoner Anxiety Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or fear that often comes when a person’s body responds to a critical or frightening situation. In this condition, the body prepares for an action, i.e., to fight against the threat or run away from it. When our mind prepares to cope with the threat, our body shows some physical symptoms, which vary based on the type of anxiety. This is a common problem in people, especially among those sentenced to imprisonment. A study by the Ministry of Justice found...

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19 Weird Australian Laws

19 Weird Australian Laws

19 Weird Australian LawsPlanning on wearing hot pink hot pants on your backpacking trip to Australia? Think again. Take note of these 19 weird Australian laws that still exist today  in some states – although the likelihood of you being arrested for breaking any of them is very unlikely! 1. It is illegal to wear hot pink pants after midday on a Sunday 2. It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of a footpath 3. Taxi cabs are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk 4. Bars are required to stable, water...

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