Law & Justice (4690 Stories)

Do we really want to know the grubby details of teen sex?

By 16 June 2010

The Canberra Times has a highly descriptive story of a former Scout on trial for his alleged sexual engagements with 13-15 year old girls (also involved with scouting) when he was 17-18.
I’ll leave it to the judge to decide just how serious this is.
But as a reader is this the level of detail you [...]

Police Wrap – 15 June 2010

By 15 June 2010

1. Red Rooster Rolled:
ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to assist its investigation of an armed robbery outside the Red Rooster store in Rylah Crescent, Wanniassa, last night (Monday, June 14).
Two male offenders, both armed with knives and with their faces covered with bandannas or scarves, approached the assistant manager outside the store around 10.40pm, [...]

When ignorance of the law isn’t even an excuse

By 13 June 2010

There have been, if my memory serves me correctly, a few posts and debates on RA before about public holiday surcharges in restaurants. There are the for and against sides to the debate to be sure but the bald-faced arrogance in a statement by Canberra’s Tosolini’s quoted in this SMH article expressly stating their deliberate [...]

Phillip Edwin Bailey still trying his luck

By 11 June 2010

Credit must go to the Canberra Times’ Jenna Hand for a truly entertaining court report.
Cook’s Phillip Bailey was trying to get off the Tuggeranong Parkway on 8 April when, possibly because he was carrying a blood alcohol level of .341, he missed the Lady Denman Drive turnoff:
According to a police statement of facts, the 33-year-old [...]

Police Wrap – 11 June 2010

By 11 June 2010

1. Mad Bomber in Fyshwick:
Officers from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations and Bomb Response teams are investigating an attempted robbery from an ATM which occurred at the front of the NAB on Wollongong Street in Fyshwick this morning (June 11).
Around 2:57am, police were called to the bank following the activation of the premises’ alarm. [...]

Police Wrap – 10 June 2010

By 10 June 2010

[First filed: Jun 10, 2010 @ 11:27]
1. Caltex Braddon rolled again:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the Caltex service station in Braddon which occurred around 3:10am this morning (Thursday 10 June).
Two males entered the service station, jumped over the counter and assaulted the male store attendant. The offenders also [...]

Rebecca Massey breaches bail, gets more bail, living in Ngunnawal

By 10 June 2010

The Canberra Times informs us that alleged knife murderer Rebecca Massey has breached her bail by having ex-boyfriend and alleged evidence concealer Michael Marshall around to her Ngunnawal govvie. But hey, bail conditions in the ACT are really just suggestions.
It’s been nearly two years since Elizabeth Booshand was stabbed to death at Charnwood shops in [...]

Are the police in Canberra accountable?

By 10 June 2010

It is my understanding that ACT Policing does not record a complaint unless they intend to actually do something about it.
Is there anyone out there who can either confirm or refute that please?

It’s the knife through the heart that will do it

By 9 June 2010

[First filed: Jun 8, 2010 @ 13:55]
The September 2008 Kingston murder of Cameron Anderson has come to court.
It caused a stir at the time as Cameron’s hacked up body was found on the play equipment of a Telopea Park child care centre.
The young woman who left Filthy McFadden’s with Cameron earlier on the fateful night [...]

Police Wrap – 8 June 2010

By 8 June 2010

1. The Great Holt Car BBQ:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident where three vehicles were set alight which were parked outside a residence in Holt early this morning (Tuesday June 8).
About 1:28am, police were called to the incident in Spofforth Street. ACT Fire Brigade attended a short time later and extinguished [...]

If you’re making death threats don’t go digging a hole

By 8 June 2010

The ABC’s got a story on a 37 year old unemployed Dickson man fronting the Magistrates court after losing his cool:
Police say when the accused’s father warned his son that he may lose custody, he said he would bury his brother and daughter.
They told the court they discovered a hole in the accused’s backyard [...]

Police Wrap – 7 June 2010

By 7 June 2010

1. I wonder what part of Reid he lives?
A 21-year-old Reid man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Monday, June 7) on six traffic charges and a breach of bail after he was apprehended by police driving in the inner Canberra area around noon yesterday.
Police activated warning lights and siren and attempted a traffic [...]

Police Wrap – 6 June 2010

By 6 June 2010

1. Thuggies out on a spree:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident that occurred on Hindmarsh Drive, Phillip about 12.25am this morning (Sunday 6 June).
A member of the public was harassed by the occupants of a 2009 grey Mitsubishi Lancer sedan that had been stolen the previous day from the victim of one [...]

Maurizio Rao on cocaine charges

By 6 June 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald brings word that the manager of the gay themed Cube nightclub, Maurizio Rao, (of Cube Stabbing infamy circa 2006, although he was eventually found not guilty) has been charged with conspiring to supply an indictable quantity of cocaine.
Maurizio Rao was charged by Kings Cross drug squad detectives who met him and [...]

Police incident on Streeton drive, Weston Creek?

By 6 June 2010

Just opposite the netball courts looks like some intense police activity, including CSI and police taped-off area.
So I’m assuming some recent activity?

Police Wrap – 4 June 2010

By 4 June 2010

1. RAPID Results:
Eight unregistered cars, two unlicensed drivers and three suspended drivers were among those detected by ACT Policing’s RAPID automated number plate recognition system during a two-hour operation in Belconnen this morning.
ACTP Traffic Operations conducted the RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) operation in cooperation with the ACT Roads and Traffic Authority [...]

Assaults in Civic

By 3 June 2010

There seems to be a spate of assaults happening in Civic on weekends at the moment.
I know of at least three guys being king hit from behind last weekend.
It seems the coppers haven’t even had time to log them all in ‘the system’. [Ed- or at least put out a media release]
I am [...]

Police Wrap – 3 June 2010

By 3 June 2010

1. Higgins Fatality Named:
ACT Policing has released the name of the driver killed in the single-vehicle accident near the Southern Cross Drive and Kingsford Smith Drive intersection in Higgins on Saturday May 29.
The deceased is Andrew Peter Mitchell, aged 35 years, of Evatt.
A report on the incident is being prepared for the ACT Coroner.

Police Wrap – 1 June 2010

By 1 June 2010

1. Monash house smash:
ACT Policing has arrested a 33-year-old Gordon man after the vehicle he was driving collided with a house early this morning (Sunday 30 May).
About 1.30am, police were called to the residence in Corlette Crescent, Monash following reports of a single vehicle collision. On arrival, police observed a Ford Territory had collided [...]

Police Wrap – 31 May 2010

By 31 May 2010

1. Thuggies run wild:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a serious assault on a 20-year-old man which occurred in Wanniassa early on Sunday morning (May 30).
It is believed the assault occurred between 1am and 2.30am in the vicinity of the Erindale McDonalds car park where two males were attacked by a group of unknown [...]

Police Wrap – 29 May 2010

By 29 May 2010

1. Bad girls of Mawson:
ACT Policing has arrested a 16-year-old female in relation to an aggravated robbery that occurred in Mawson earlier this week.
Police will allege the young person was in the company of a group of youths who threatened a man with a knife after he withdrew money from an ATM in [...]

Big moves in the Belconnen Murder

By 28 May 2010

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ACT Policing have announced that they’ve seized a Subaru Impreza WRX, “household items”, and cannabis from a house in Florence Place Macquarie in relation to the Belconnen death of André Le Dinh.
There was also another raid on an apartment on College St in Belconnen.

Police Wrap – 28 May 2010

By 28 May 2010

1. School fire in Florey:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a suspicious fire at St Francis Xavier College in Florey early this morning (Friday 28 May).
About 3.35am, police were called to the premises following reports from the ACT Fire Brigade of numerous fires on the college grounds. ACT Fire Brigade attended and extinguished [...]

Suspicious Activity last night in Theodore

By 27 May 2010

Last night, i was dropping a friend home after Origin at about midnight.
We were sitting in my car outside her house chatting, when 3 cars, 2 sedans and a 4wd toyota black 4 door ute with silver roll cage were creeping around the streets.
The ute would sit on the main street while the smaller cars [...]

Police Wrap – 27 May 2010

By 27 May 2010

1. It’s not a knife, it’s a till-opener:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the IGA supermarket at Lyons which occurred around 7.10pm Wednesday 26 May, 2010.
An unknown male has entered the supermarket and threatened a female staff member with a knife, demanding cash. The employee opened the till and [...]

Police Wrap – 26 May 2010

By 26 May 2010

1. Drunk in Nicholls on a Tuesday night:
ACT Policing has arrested a man after he was allegedly caught driving with a high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) today (May 26).
About 2.35am police stopped a 28-year-old Nicholls man on Lexcen Avenue, in Nicholls. The man was subjected to a roadside screening test which returned a positive [...]

Police to sniff around the brothels

By 26 May 2010

The Canberra Times brings word that the new Chief Police Officer, Roman Quaedvlieg, wants to get the police more involved in the crime surrounding the legal sex industry.
Mr Quaedvlieg said police forces regularly received information concerning criminal activity regarding prostitution.
Those issues often related to drugs, overstaying of visas and occasionally sexual servitude or exploitation [...]

The Virtual Court

By 26 May 2010

Simon Corbell’s proposal for a new ‘virtual court’ seems to have ruffled more than a few feathers of our resident legal eagles. Both the ACT Bar Association and some individual barristers have really worked themselves up into quite a lather.
Why this should be so is a little beyond me. I suspect that behind the Bar’s [...]

Free quality legal advice? The ACT Government wants naught of this!

By 26 May 2010

[First filed: May 25, 2010 @ 14:39]
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is pointing out that it’s a crying shame lawyers offering to volunteer their time for community work at the Community Legal Centres are being turned away because the ACT Government will not (and has no plans to) provide enough cheap office space to make use [...]

Police Wrap – 25 May 2010

By 25 May 2010

1. Belconnen Burglaries:
ACT Policing arrested three adult males in the early hours of this morning May 25, 2010 after they allegedly committed two burglaries at commercial premises in two Canberra suburbs.
Between the hours of 2:13am and 2:50am this morning, police attended burglaries at a service station in Holt and a supermarket in Fraser, following [...]

Should we name child-bestiality enthusiasts?

By 25 May 2010

[First filed: May 24, 2010 @ 10:09]
The Supreme Court has published a judgment from late last week on a child pornography owner. The material found on his seven DVDs was described thusly:
9. In addressing the nature of the material, the approach has been taken to follow the scale of seriousness set out by the [...]

Police Wrap – 24 May 2010

By 24 May 2010

1. Photograph of victim André Le Dinh not ripped from facebook:
ACT Policing has released a photograph of victim André Le Dinh, found deceased in his fourth floor apartment in College Street, Belconnen, on Thursday (May 20).
Mr Le Dinh is described as of Asian appearance, 5’5” (164cms) tall, with a thin build, pale complexion, brown [...]

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