NSW Courts Articles

Police Cannot Persist with Questioning After Right to Silence Is Exercised

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Although, it’s been under threat in NSW over recent years, the right to silence is still a fundamental principle in common law. It allows a suspect to refuse to answer police questions during an interview, as well as refraining from giving evidence whilst on trial. This right reflects that… Read more »

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Remembering Sydney’s Bunny Killer: The Crime of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Rocks police began surveilling a Sydney finance company director in August 2005, after officers received a tip-off from a local pet store owner, who’d noticed marks on the man’s face “consistent with rabbit scratches”, as he was purchasing one using his company credit card. At the time, police… Read more »

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The Law Relating to Search Warrants in NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian white supremacist who stands accused of cold-bloodedly gunning down 50 prayer attendees at two Christchurch mosques on 15 March has lodged a complaint with officials at Auckland prison regarding his treatment inside. The 28-year-old Anglo Australian man from Grafton has complained that he has no access to visitors,… Read more »

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Money Laundering: The Crime of Hiding Illegally Sourced Funds

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Detectives from the State Crime Command’s strike force Quinlan raided the Doonside home of Shalin Patel last Tuesday. Police arrested the 22-year-old in relation to his alleged involvement in an identity theft syndicate. The police claim that those involved in the scam ported more than 70 individual’s mobile phones from… Read more »

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The Ellis Defence: How the Church Avoided Paying Child Sexual Abuse Victims

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim John Ellis was a senior altar boy at the Christ the King Parish of the Catholic Church in Bass Hill, when in 1974, then Archbishop of Sydney James Freeman appointed Father Aidan Duggan to work at the church. Soon after his arrival, Father Duggan took a special interest in 13-year-old… Read more »

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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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