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Theft and Intention

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February 18, 2016

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A case came across my desk this week in which the question of a person's intention in theft cases reared its interesting head. The case involved a piece of property that was taken. It didn't belong to the person who took it, and the person knew this. One week later, this person returned the property. In fact, it seems to have been returned in better condition than when the property was taken. Police charged this person with theft. There was more to the story than that. But it still raises the […]


NSW Sheriff Officers now have the power of arrest

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February 9, 2016

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On 21 June 2011 the NSW Parliament assented to the Court Security Amendment Act 2011. That amendment gave court sheriffs the power to arrest any person who is assaulting another person in the Court premises or has just assaulted a person within the Court premises. The NSW Government finally proclaimed the amendment in the last few months after a significant breach of Court Security at the Downing Centre Courthouse in October 2015. Mr Ali Chahine appeared in Court for allegedly breaching his bail conditions on a charge of Drug Supply. When […]


Police pay over $100,000 for a toy dinosaur

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February 3, 2016

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On 30 October 2015 the Kiama Local Court ordered costs against the NSW Police for more than $100,000. This is a case which should never have gone to Court. Mr Caton and his friends were stopped by Police in Queanbeyan in late December 2013. Police enquired as to whether any of the men had any weapons. Mr Caton pulled out a toy and stated, “I’ve got a dinosaur, roar!”. Senior Constable Todd Finnegan forced Mr Caton from his car, shoved him to the ground and handcuffed him. Senior Constable Patrick Hicks […]

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