Posts Categorized: Criminal Law

Judges Must Consider a Defendant’s Personal Circumstances When Sentencing

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Between May 2014 and January 2015, Tylar John Carter, along with his three co-offenders Jarrod Foley, Corey McLean and Matthew Murray, participated in a criminal group that broke into schools in the middle of the night and stole electronic goods. The group focused on Catholic schools in unpopulated areas… Read more »

Salim Mehajer’s Lawyer Sister Struck Off for Professional Misconduct

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 22 February 2013, Mr Anthony Elkerton of Dean Willcocks Insolvency Solutions was appointed liquidator of SM Project Developments, which was forced into liquidation by the Australian Tax Office in the month prior due to unpaid bills. The company was co-owned by then Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer, who was recently… Read more »

Courts Cannot Increase Sentences Due to Factors Inherent in the Offence or Unknown to Offenders

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Mr Crittenden, a resident of the Newcastle suburb of Merewether, was watching television with his wife on the evening of 1 December 2005, when he noticed the light in his kitchen, which he’d recently switched off, had been turned on. On entering the kitchen to investigate, the 62-year-old found… Read more »

Sentence for Drug Supply and Proceeds of Crime Amounted to Double Punishment

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim After receiving information that one Aaron Edward Hutchinson was involved in the supply of prohibited drugs in the Penrith local area command, police began an investigation in early 2010. An undercover operation was arranged and, in April, Mr Hutchinson supplied an undercover officer with cocaine on three separate occasions…. Read more »