Law & Justice (4668 Stories)

First Nomination for a “Mully”

By 9 May 2010

We Canberrans are often accused of having a chip on our shoulder, that we just dont stack up against the States. Well here’s a young bloke who’s taking the bit between his teeth, who’s not holding anything back in the struggle to prove we too can stand proud at the Pantheon of Tools …
The ABC [...]

Police Wrap – 6 May 2010

By 6 May 2010

1) Three young men wanted for a chat:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a fire outside a residence in Oxley last Friday (30 April).
About 12.54am, police were called to Collocott Crescent following reports of a palm tree outside a residence having been deliberately lit.
The residents of the property were alerted to the fire by [...]

DPP fighting Chief Justice Higgins on numerous fronts

By 5 May 2010

The Canberra Times brings word that the DPP has successfully appealed against the lack of a custodial sentence handed down by Chief Justice Higgins for the stabbing that created the above wound.
The ABC is also on the case informing us that the newer, tougher sentence is a six month suspended one followed by a one [...]

Police Wrap – 3 May 2010

By 3 May 2010

1. Idiot in Chifley:
ACT Policing apprehended a 17-year-old juvenile male yesterday afternoon (May 1) following a short pursuit in Canberra’s south.
About 12.30pm a Criminal Investigations (CI) patrol conducting proactive duties attempted to perform a traffic stop on a black Holden Commodore on Eggleston Crescent, Chifley when the vehicle allegedly failed to stop.
With police warning [...]

where are the ACT road rules?

By 1 May 2010

On the AFP website
we have two links
and the National Road Rules
All well and good you might think but right at the top of the National Road Rules page:
Please note that the Australian Road Rules are model Rules only and have no legal effect. They form the basis of Road Rules of each Australian [...]

Siege in Holder

By 1 May 2010

[First filed: Apr 29, 2010 @ 16:07]

The shiny new ACT Policing website is silent on the subject but ABC radio reports there’s a siege underway on Dickson Drive in Holder.
If your kids can’t get home on the buses they will apparently be kept for you at Canberra College.
UPDATED: “fgzk” has sent in the above photo [...]

The quest for reform in the courts

By 30 April 2010

Considering the number of people brutally killed in Canberra in the last 12 years it may seem amazing that our justice system has failed to convict anyone of murder in that time.
The Canberra Times now reports that police and prosecutors have been lobbying for reform.
More importantly Attorney-General Simon Corbell is working on a discussion paper [...]

The ACT Crime League Table – March 2010 data

By 29 April 2010

So how does your suburb stack up for crime?
With Crime Statistics now online I’ve taken the very crude measure of ranking police patrol sectors by the total crimes committed per 1000 people in March. Interestingly nicer areas seem to have more crime. Do they have more to steal? Or are they more likely to report?
155.3 [...]

ACT Policing gets a new website

By 29 April 2010

ACT Policing has a new website!
It includes such cutting edge upgrades as the decade old RSS (much appreciated assuming they can keep the feed in the same place).
Possibly of more interest will be the crime statistics. I look forward to the conclusions the RiotNerd community can come up with in the coming hours.

Wanna hire an ex-con?

By 29 April 2010

Simon Corbell has been talking to the Canberra Times about his efforts to convince Canberra’s employers to give good jobs the departing guests of the Hume Hilton.
The ACT Government wants to hear from employers willing to take on workers who are rebuilding their lives after a prison stint.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the scheme could [...]

Police Wrap – 27 April 2010

By 28 April 2010

1. Congratulations all on not dying (except for those who died from non-road related matters):
ACT Policing is pleased the roads remained fatality-free over the Anzac Day long weekend, despite issuing 55 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for a range of traffic offences.
Of the 55 TINs issued over the long weekend, 26 were for speeding, including [...]

Lorraine Walker steps up to the bench

By 28 April 2010

Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Ms Lorraine Walker to the troubled ACT Magistracy (Simon says it is an “exciting time”).
For the past 10 years Ms Walker has worked as a barrister in the ACT.
Ms Walker has extensive experience in her 23 years in the profession including being a partner of a law [...]

“Youse are all dogs” – but Ben Holcroft is guilty of murdering Danny Ralph

By 28 April 2010

TV News last night was enriched by the spectacle of the hordes of Beaudeans of all ages waddling out of court abusing the waiting media.
The cause was that one of their own, Benjamin Wayne Holcroft, had been found guilty of killing his mother’s ex-boyfriend, Danny Ralph, and throwing the body in the Queanbeyan River, with [...]

Police Wrap – 27 April 2010

By 27 April 2010

1. Unlicensed, drunk, and behind the wheel:
ACT Policing has arrested two men after they were allegedly caught driving on cancelled licences and each with an extremely high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) today (April 26).
ACT Policing’s Superintendent Mark Colbran said this behaviour is extremely reckless.
“Both these men were driving on cancelled licences. This simply reinforces [...]

Moving Speed Camera Van ?

By 23 April 2010

Ok, so traveling to work this morning across Commonwealth Ave bridge, I found myself behind a white van traveling very slow (30 km/hr) with its hazard lights on. The back of the van seemed to be filled with a black tent material with sneeky looking holes in the canvas.
I overtook on the left and smiled [...]

Another failed prosecution – Wayne Antoniazzo walks free

By 23 April 2010

The ABC informs us that Justice Malcolm Gray has found Wayne Antoniazzo not guilty of culpable driving causing death.
Wayne had been accused of driving over his girlfriend in Gungahlin in the early hours of new years day 2008.
UPDATE: The Judgment is now available.

Police Wrap – 22 April 2010

By 22 April 2010

1. Trouble at the Lanyon Youth Centre:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a burglary and arson which occurred at the Lanyon Youth Centre, Wednesday 21 April.
Police were called to the Lanyon Youth Centre, Sidney Nolan Street, Conder around 10:50pm following reports of a fire having been lit inside a vehicle parked inside an [...]

Police Wrap – 21 April 2010

By 21 April 2010

1. Thuggies move up to petrol stations:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Caltex Service Station, Marconi Crescent, Kambah this morning (Tuesday 20 April).
Two male offenders, between 17 to 23 years of age, entered the premises around 12:21am and verbally threatened the male attendant.
A sum of cash and cigarettes [...]

More charged arrested over Bob Knight’s death

By 21 April 2010

The Daily Telegraph reports that six men have been arrested in Sydney’s Greenacre in relation to last year’s shooting of Bob Knight.
The men, aged 17 to 32 years, are assisting detectives with inquiries at Campsie and Bankstown police stations.

Bimberi’s cup overfloweth

By 20 April 2010

The ABC has the happy news that the young inmates of Bimberi, when not assaulting their guards, have been running a garden with such success that the excess is being donated to the OzHarvest charity.
Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch says the program is an effective way to help the youth develop [...]

Police Wrap – 19 April 2010

By 19 April 2010

1. Have you seen my 42 tonne truck?
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 42-tonne truck and trailer stolen from a building site in Belconnen.
Police were called to the site in Catchpole Street near Bunnings around 9.50am this morning (Monday 19 April). A witness recalls hearing the truck around 1.30am on [...]

NYE Hit and run goes to court

By 19 April 2010

The ABC informs us that the trial of Wayne Antoniazzo for running over and killing his girlfriend Amaranta Vega in Gungahlin on New Year’s eve 2007 (the incident occured in the early hours of 1 January 2008) has kicked off.
In a promising development Wayne is at least admitting driving the car which hit her.
The trial [...]

Hillier is guilty

By 18 April 2010

Hillier found not guilty – THEN WHO DID IT? Hillier had the motive and the opportunity. Ana was ever so frightened of him when she was alive. Ana was a good mother and a good person and was not involved in any out of the norm practices. They do not have any other suspects and [...]

The slave pits of Braddon

By 17 April 2010

The Canberra Times brings word of an alleged sex slave business being run out of Braddon apartments by one 55 year old Robert Phillip Dick (aka “Uncle” or “Bobo”).
Dick’s alleged victim, a young Thai woman, whose identity has been suppressed by the court, told police she was brought to Australia from Thailand on a visitor’s [...]

DPP Cocks up again – Stephen Hillier walks free

By 16 April 2010

The Supreme Court has posted the order in the matter of The Queen v Steven Wayne Hillier.
Justice Besanko concludes:
In the circumstances, with respect to the charge on indictment that Steven Wayne Hillier murdered Ana Louise Hardwick between 30 September 2002 and 2 October 2002 at Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, I find the accused [...]

Police Wrap – 16 April 2010

By 16 April 2010

1. Hooded Highwaymen in Haig Park:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Haig Park, Braddon today (April 16).
Around 1am a 21-year-old Braddon man and 19-year-old Braddon woman were walking home when they were approached by three men. One of the offenders produced what was described as a samurai sword [...]

Big rats flee the sinking bushfire litigation

By 16 April 2010

The ABC brings word that QBE insurance has pulled out of the quixotic compensation suit for the 2003 bushfires currently enriching the legal profession in the Supreme Court.
QBE is the third insurer to pull out of the proceedings.
NRMA was the first to withdraw in December last year while Suncorp Metway ceased proceedings at the start [...]

Police Wrap – 15 April 2010

By 15 April 2010

1. Thuggies in Holder:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault that occurred last week in Holder.
About midnight on Thursday 8 April, a 32-year-old man was walking along an underpass in Holder when he was approached by four unknown males. One of the male offenders demanded the victim’s mobile phone and wallet. The victim [...]

Hard bargaining gangster’s moll

By 15 April 2010

The Canberra Times is running with an amusing tale from the street.
Before Maria Doogan is a young woman who someone came to share in the proceeds of the 2008 Weston Creek Labor Club blag.
What do you do with the readies burning a hole in your purse? Pick up a fully sick red BMW for $8,800 [...]

Sh*t Happens Vicki

By 15 April 2010

When only the very worst of society get incarcerated it’s inevitable that corrections facilities will be unpleasant places.
That hasn’t stopped the Liberal’s Vicki Dunne from trying to reprise Colonel Hanson on the subject of violence at the Bimberi youth detention centre.
The Minister responsible for youth justice, Joy Burch, must explain why there have been 14 [...]

Police Wrap – 14 April 2010

By 14 April 2010

1. Belco gets into school vandalism:
ACT Policing is seeking the support of the Canberra community in keeping our schools and colleges safe and secure over the current term break.
During these holiday periods, school premises are targeted for property offences such as burglary, graffiti and vandalism.
Over the weekend, police took three young people into custody after [...]

The Green plan for Access to Justice

By 14 April 2010

Access to justice is incredibly important.
The social inequality is already huge. Those who can afford to pay a lawyer can often bully their way to outcomes far beyond their legal entitlement with a series of confusing formal looking letters.
Those who can afford the right lawyers often get off scot free in criminal matters [...]

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