NSW Courts Articles

Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean Record When Sentencing

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 »

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Appeals Court Finds Sentence for Drug Offences to be Manifestly Excessive

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On the evening of 26 May 2016, NSW police executed a search warrant at the Westmead home of Shahab Jawosh. During the search, officers seized a range of drugs, including 286 grams of opium, 30 grams of methamphetamine, 0.44 grams of MDMA and 173 grams of cannabis. Police located… Read more »

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Parity in Sentencing: Similar Crimes Should Attract Similar Penalties

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Just after midnight on 8 February 2015, Daniel Bezjak pulled up at the front of a house in Dundas Valley in his white Mitsubishi Lancer. James Button, Christopher Menouhos, Dean Horst and an unidentified man got out of the vehicle and made their way towards the property. Brad Harrison… Read more »

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Sydney Lawyer Struck Off for Making False Declarations Regarding Driving Offences

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In August 2013, a courier driver sought legal advice from Sydney lawyer Ms Jinhi Kim regarding ten traffic infringement penalty notices he’d received. The pair met, and Ms Kim told her client that she’d write to the State Debt Recovery Office stating he was not the driver. The lawyer… Read more »

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Prominent New Zealand Barrister Struck Off the NSW Roll of Lawyers

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 »

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Judges Must Consider a Defendant’s Personal Circumstances When Sentencing

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 »

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Salim Mehajer’s Lawyer Sister Struck Off for Professional Misconduct

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 »

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Offending While on Parole Does Not Increase a Crime’s Severity

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Mouraf Elhassan was asked to keep an eye on the apartment and car of a friend who was traveling overseas in mid-2014. Unbeknownst to Mr Elhassan or his friend, NSW police had the driveway of the apartment under video surveillance. Police subsequently installed an additional camera that was motion… Read more »

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