Posts Categorized: Criminal Law

Sentence for Fraud Reduced, as Scheme was Unsophisticated and Yield Was Only Modest

Fraud investigation

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian Government Disaster Relief Payment (AGDRP) is a one-off $1,000 amount provided to Australian residents impacted by a disaster. And due to the circumstances victims of disasters face, proof of identity doesn’t need to be cited immediately, but rather within 28 days of applying. Over the period 15… Read more »

NSW Government Broadens the Reach of Anti-Money Laundering Laws

NSW Government Broadens the Reach of Anti-Money Laundering Laws

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW police minister Paul Toole told the NSW lower house on 21 September that he understands that “serious organised criminal groups” are these days using “professional money launderers”, who benefit from a level of “strategic ignorance” about the origins of the money they’re cleaning. These circumstances then create a barrier… Read more »

Jury Reinstated in Murder Trial, After Judge Dismissed All Due to Actions of One Juror

Supreme Court

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The trial into whether Paul Anthony Watson murdered William Chaplin sometime between 31 March and 30 May 2010 in the southwestern NSW town of Gerogery commenced on 5 September this year in the NSW Supreme Court, with three weeks set aside for it. The Crown had closed its case… Read more »

Inmate Released on Appeal, After Trial Judge Misapplied Mental Illness Defence

Mental health defence

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 22 September 2017, Nick Masters veered onto the wrong side of Port Macquarie’s Hastings River Drive, and collided head on with a car being driven by a Mr Ashenden, who was killed, whilst his wife, Mrs Ashenden was seriously injured. NSW District Court Judge Mark Marien found Masters… Read more »

The New Offence of Threatening a Criminal Defence Lawyer in New South Wales

Defence Lawyer

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Times have certainly changed in the legal realm in terms of who needs protection from whom. Back in the early 1990s, laws were enacted to protect judges, prosecutors, witnesses and others involved in cases against those accused of committing crimes from threats and reprisals that would obviously be perpetrated… Read more »