Posts Categorized: NSW Courts

Terrorism Offences: Judges Must Properly Consider Mitigating Factors During Sentencing

Sentencing considerations

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A 15-year-old male came to the attention of the AFP’s NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) in May 2015, as he’d been accessing violent Islamic extremist material online. The AFP’s National Disruption Group (NDG) then got in touch with the teen’s family and suggested his father make a plan… Read more »

Lawyer Twice Found Not to Have Perverted the Course of Justice in Suggesting Illness to Client

Downing Centre

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Sydney criminal defence lawyer Mohammed Zreika was found guilty of the offence of perverting the course of justice, under section 319 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), by Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson at Sutherland Local Court on 19 November 2021.  The offence carries a maximum penalty of 14 years behind bars. The magistrate… Read more »

Drug Driving is an Absolute Liability Offence, District Court Judge Finds

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A man was driving along Cowpasture Road in southwest Sydney’s Horningsea Park, close to midnight on 12 September 2020, when the manner of his driving caught the attention of some NSW police officers, who promptly directed him to pull his utility over. The officers subjected the driver to a… Read more »

Expired Apprehended Violence Orders Cannot Be Revoked, Supreme Court Rules

Law courts

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In late 2018, Robert Wass pleaded guilty to common assault, contrary section 61 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), in relation to his having punched his nephew in the face, after catching him hunting pigs on his property without permission. The young man punched his uncle back for good measure…. Read more »

Legal Aid NSW Scores Two Significant Legal Victories in the High Court of Australia

Legal Aid NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim According to the Law Council of Australia, key rule of law principles include being equal before the law, and that “everyone should have access to competent and independent legal advice”, with this latter point supporting the first, as it ensures those who can’t afford it are provided legal support. In… Read more »

Defendant Found Not Guilty of Drug Charges as Search of Vehicle Was Illegal

Handbag in car

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At about half past midnight on 28 January 2018, NSW police constable Ward, senior constable Aston and probationary constable Pranic were patrolling the Sydney suburb of Paddington in an unmarked car, which had been driving behind a grey Mazda, prior to turning onto another street. However, as Ward later claimed,… Read more »

A Magistrate Who Refuses a Mental Health Application Can Hear a Subsequent One

Law books

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Sydney solicitor Danny Eid requested in email to the New South Wales Local Court registry in October 2022, that Magistrate Hugh Donnelly “not preside” over a secondary application as the judicial member had already dealt with the hearing of a mental health application in respect of a client.  The… Read more »