Should Sentences be More Severe Where the Victim is “Vulnerable”?

Robbery: When is an Offender “In Company”

Transporting Drug Equipment Is Not a Step in Manufacturing, Court Rules

Court Rules that Drug Dependency is Not Necessarily a Mitigating Factor

Should Sentences be More Severe Where the Victim is “Vulnerable”?

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 23/05/2017

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 2 June 2015, the NSW Supreme Court found Andrew Mervyn Sumpton guilty of the “spontaneous but brutal” murder of Michelle Roberts. He was also convicted on two counts of arson for burning down Ms Roberts’ South Grafton house, along with all her property. For the two arson charges, Justice… 

Robbery: When is an Offender “In Company”

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 15/05/2017

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Section 21A of the NSW Crimes (Sentencing Procedures) Act 1999 acts as a checklist of aggravating and mitigating factors which a sentencing court must take into account if they are “relevant and known to the court.” Mitigating factors – which can lead to a reduced penalty – include whether the… 

Transporting Drug Equipment Is Not a Step in Manufacturing, Court Rules

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 09/05/2017

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At around 11pm on 30 June 2000, David Spicer was stopped for a random breath test on Devlin Road in Londonderry, north western Sydney. The 42-year-old man got out of his car and produced his driver licence. The result of the breath test was negative. On being questioned about the… 

Court Rules that Drug Dependency is Not Necessarily a Mitigating Factor

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 03/05/2017

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim It was just before 9am on 26 October 2013, when 52-year old Peter Hayek pushed open the unlocked door of Sydney Cove Chemist at The Rocks and made his way into the dispensary. The lights were off, and employee Ms Gao was nowhere to be seen, although her handbag…