Posts Categorized: NSW Courts

The “Lost Utilitarian Benefit” of a Rejected Guilty Plea Should Be Reflected in Sentence

Guilty Plea

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In May 2014, two drive-by shootings were committed at the Bossley Park home of Wade Martinez. NSW police believed Gewargis Garmo was connected to these incidents. Martinez would not cooperate with inquiries into them. But it’s been suggested he thought to take care of the matter himself. Nine months… Read more »

NSW Standard Non-Parole Periods and the Muldrock Error

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Standard non-parole periods apply to over 40 serious criminal offences in NSW. Introduced in 2003, SNPPs set the state’s criminal justice system apart from all others operating in Australia. SNPPs provide a reference point for a judge in sentencing an offender in relation to any of the crimes the scheme covers,… Read more »

Sentence Reduced as Judge Overstated the Objective Seriousness of the Offence

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At around 9.50 pm on 24 June 2017, Jayden Mason was forcibly ejected from the Wyong Leagues Club for being drunk and disorderly. On his way out of the premises, the 21-year-old commenced threatening staff, and as he walked down Lake Haven Drive, he continued this same behaviour with… Read more »

NSW Law Society and Bar Association tell Police Minister to Stop Spreading Misinformation about Bail


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Right now, those profiteering from the NSW prison boom must be rubbing their hands together with glee, as both major parties have stated that a number of recent bail decisions are reason to consider strengthening state bail laws, despite 2014 reforms having flooded facilities with remandees. The recent spat… Read more »