NSW Courts Articles

From Committal to Verdict: The Criminal Trial Process in NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A NSW District Court jury found former Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner Michael Cranston not guilty of misusing his position to benefit his son on 15 February 2019. Following the verdict’s delivery, the 40-year ATO veteran held back the tears in the dock at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court. During… Read more »

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Judge’s Summing Up Amounted to “a Second Address by the Prosecution”

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 16 May 2013, a consignment of five cardboard boxes marked “pijamas” arrived in Sydney from Chile. The movements manager of freight transport company Wymap, Jason Troy McKell, told a driver to put the boxes in a truck and not to enter them into the electronic run sheet. Mr… Read more »

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Sentence Reduced as Judge Got the Maximum Penalty Wrong

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 10 November 2016, street-level drug dealer Hayden O’Neill introduced his drug supplier Michael O’Neile to a man who was interested in buying some methamphetamine. Unbeknownst to both dealers, the interested buyer was an undercover police operative. Mr O’Neile supplied the police officer with 13.88 grams of ice with… Read more »

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Man Acquitted Due to Lack of Evidence of a Joint Criminal Enterprise

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 20 October 2012, three boxes containing 5,939 grams of methamphetamine arrived in Sydney from the United States. Said to contain clothing, the consignment was received by FedEx International Security and was addressed to a Mr Peter Suca, the operations manager at Esprit Toll in Lidcombe. Two days later… Read more »

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Courts Can Only Backdate for Time Spent In Prison for the Sentenced Offence

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 3 March 2014, Nathan Rodgers arranged to supply one kilogram of cocaine to two men. Unbeknownst to Mr Rodgers, he was the subject of a covert police operation. One of the buyers was a civilian participant and the other was an undercover police officer. The three men and… Read more »

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