Posts Categorized: Criminal Law

NSW Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ for Lying About Criminal Record

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Former Auckland barrister Minkai Huang was struck off the New Zealand roll of solicitors and barristers on 26 November 2014, when the NZ Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found him unfit to practice due to a conviction for theft. On 14 October 2013, Mr Huang pleaded guilty to stealing $9,475,… Read more »

Residential Rehabilitation Should Partly Count Towards Prison Sentence

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At around 1.30 pm on 19 August 2015, Visheshwarajan Reddy was driving his utility in a southerly direction down the Hume Highway close to the Southern Tablelands town of Marulan. The driver was travelling from the Sydney suburb of Leppington to Canberra to visit his children. Five witnesses described… Read more »

Early Guilty Pleas Must Result in Shorter Sentences

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by Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Between March and October 2016, Mr Rainer Kristensen conducted sexualised chats over social media with ten girls aged between 11 and 15 years old. The offender knew his behaviour was wrong and he deleted the files containing the explicit exchanges after concluding the chats. Mr Kristensen began chatting with… Read more »

Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean Record When Sentencing

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Just after 3am on 21 March 2015, Waqar Ul-Hassan was driving Muhammad Ijaz, Hashim Manzoor and Mohammed Aslam back to his place on Merrylands Road, after they’d all spent a night at a friend’s house in Styles Place, Merrylands. The Pakistani national, who was residing in Australia on a… Read more »

Prominent New Zealand Barrister Struck Off the NSW Roll of Lawyers

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Going back ten years ago, Christopher Comeskey was New Zealand’s most recognisable criminal defence lawyer. He drove a Porsche, rode a Harley-Davidson, collected antiques and was said to eat salmon five days a week. The barrister rose to fame after negotiating the return of 96 war medals, which were stolen from the… Read more »