Australia Law & Crime
Rumour confirmed: Police investigating car shot up at service station
Battered mum pleads guilty to manslaughter of 12 year-old
Mum charged with murder after boy, 8, found dead at Tootgarook
Your Google Home or Fitbit could be used against you in court
Mum charged with murder over eight-year-old boy’s death on Mornington Peninsula
Parents of Breannah Piva seeking legal action against her school following teen’s suicide
Canadian Woman Who Instagrammed Her Cocaine-Smuggling Cruise Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
2018-04-19 09:47:30 A Canadian woman was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison after attempting to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship. Roberge will serve at least four years and nine months without parole. At some point she will be deported back to Canada. Roberge — who became known as “Cocaine Babe” in headlines — and her accomplice, Isabelle Lagace, 29, documented their travels by posting photos on their Instagram accounts during the weeks-long cruise that stopped at 17 ports in 11 countries before ending in Sydney   Read More ...
Curious great white shark flirts with police boat off Australian coast
2018-04-02 18:00:41 Two South Australian police officers got up close and personal with a great white shark while they were out on patrol.   Read More ...
Former Police Detective's Hilarious Stories From Time On The Force | Studio 10
2018-03-20 05:20:15 From a Shetland pony at the back of a police car to a faking having a gun, former police detective Narelle Fraser shares some hilarious moments from her time on the force. Get more out of your mornings with Studio 10 - 8:30AM - 12PM weekdays on Channel Ten featuring hosts Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Veteran news presenter forced to apologise in Supreme Court
2018-03-20 05:19:17 Seven News has apologised after being given a dressing down in the Supreme Court over its coverage of a court case involving Peter Dupas. The court heard veteran news presenter Peter Mitchell (above) added several words to a prepared script. Seven Executives, News Director Simon Pristel and Mr Mitchell were present as their legal counsel described it as a “breakdown in process” and not deliberate   Read More ...
Australia Urges Asian Nations to Strengthen Counterterrorism Cooperation
2018-03-17 03:00:05 Australia has urged Southeast Asian nations to strengthen their counterterrorism cooperation, warning encrypted-message systems on mobile phones and the internet’s dark web are heightening the risks of terrorist attacks in the region.   Read More ...
Boss arrested over phones linked to bikie murders
2018-03-13 10:09:28 Chief executive of Phantom Secure, Vincent Ramos, was charged by the FBI for racketeering activity involving gambling, money laundering and drug trafficking after a joint operation between law enforcement agencies in the US, Australia and other countries. The company allegedly installed encryption software and removed the camera, microphone, GPS navigation and other features from BlackBerry devices to help organised crime groups avoid detection from law enforcement   Read More ...
Australia to stress international law in South China Sea dispute ahead of Asean meet
2018-03-13 09:45:13 SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday (March 13) hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness. Ms Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea   Read More ...
Australia to stress international law in South China Sea dispute
2018-03-13 08:42:24 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness. Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea   Read More ...
Australia to stress international law in South China Sea dispute
2018-03-13 08:30:55 SYDNEY: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness. Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea   Read More ...
Trump blocks $150b Qualcomm takeover on national security grounds
2018-03-13 08:14:39 Donald Trump blocks $150b Qualcomm takeover by Broadcom on national security grounds United States President Donald Trump has blocked the $US117 billion ($150 billion) takeover of the nation's leading 5G mobile communications developer by Singapore-based technology giant Broadcom, citing national security fears. Key points: Donald Trump blocks the world's most expensive technology company takeover over on "national security" grounds Broadcom was attempting to buy the Qualcomm for $150 billion Mr Trump has already used the foreign investment veto twice in the past 12 months, compared to the three times it was used by previous presidents Mr Trump said there was credible evidence that lead him to believe that Broadcom's pursuit of US's biggest microchip maker Qualcomm "threatens to impair the national security"   Read More ...
Australia to stress international law in South China Sea dispute
2018-03-13 08:02:13 Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness.Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea   Read More ...
Australia to stress international law in South China Sea dispute
2018-03-13 07:47:33 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness. Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea   Read More ...
Joshua Homann found guilty of murdering pregnant partner Kirralee Paepaerei
2018-03-13 06:09:13 A 40-year-old-man who stabbed his pregnant partner 49 times at their home in Sydney's west in 2015 has been found guilty of her murder. Mount Druitt mother-of-three Kirralee Paepaerei died from stab wounds to her neck and chest and blunt force trauma from a metal rod. The 37-year-old's unborn child also died during the frenzied attack. During his trial in the NSW Supreme Court, Joshua Homann conceded he caused his partner's death, but said he was not guilty of murder because he was suffering from a mental illness   Read More ...
Study shows NRA is wrong about Aussie gun laws
2018-03-13 05:09:14 We have all heard this information. Most agree that our gun law reforms stopped firearm massacres in their tracks. But, like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who, having lost all arms and legs, still wants to fight on, the gun lobby does not. In February, in the wake of the Portland, Florida, school killings, put the US National Rifle Association's response to the Australian lesson this way: “Such episodes are rare enough that it would be statistically incorrect for gun control supporters to draw a cause-and-effect conclusion   Read More ...
Rumour confirmed: Police investigating car shot up at service station
2018-03-13 05:05:50 A shot has been fired at a parked car in Melbourne’s outer south-east. Police say someone opened fire at the vehicle at a service station in Ferntree Gully some time between 11pm yesterday and 2.40am this morning. It started on the Rumour File: Click PLAY to hear the call. Police later confirmed they are investigating. There are no injuries, Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 330 000   Read More ...
A judge has ruled that the winner of a Powerball jackpot can keep her identity private to avoid harassment
2018-03-13 02:09:43 The woman who won half a billion dollars in January filed a complaint in a New Hampshire court to remain anonymous and her attorney argued her case on Tuesday. Colette Luke reports. A JUDGE has ruled that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly US$560 million (A$712 million) can keep her identity private, but not her hometown   Read More ...
Judge scolds far-right activist Neil Erikson as 'childish' for wearing uniform to court
2018-03-13 02:08:24 A judge has described far-right activist Neil Erikson as "childish" for attending court wearing a high-visibility vest from his former employer, Toll. Erikson has been found guilty of contempt of court for disobeying an order by Federal Circuit Court judge Suzanne Jones to return his uniform to the company. Toll has argued in court that videos and photos Erikson has posted of himself wearing the uniform — including one where he confronted former Labor senator Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub — has affected its relationships with some clients   Read More ...
Australia's gun laws stopped mass shootings
2018-03-12 23:01:04 An Australian program to buy back firearms and tighten rules on gun ownership has prevented an estimated 16 mass shootings over two decades, researchers reported Monday. The buyback law was enacted in 1996 after a mass shooting in which 35 people were shot and killed and 23 injured at a cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania. The attack disgusted Australians, who supported the new laws and turned in more than 1 million illicit firearms, the researchers said   Read More ...
'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Oskar Groening dies before starting jail sentence, report says
2018-03-12 22:14:06 The man known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", who in 2015 became one of the last people to be convicted for crimes in the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews during World War II, has died aged 96, magazine Der Spiegel reports. Oskar Groening was sentenced to four years for his role as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 of the Auschwitz concentration camp's roughly 1 million victims   Read More ...
Port of Tauranga and Australian gangs key targets of new police organised crime squad
2018-03-12 18:28:40 The National Organised Crime Group has opened a branch in Tauranga - the first outside Auckland or Wellington. Australian motorcycle gangs will be a key target for a new police squad in Tauranga dedicated to grappling with organised crime. Members of the Comancheros and Bandidos have been seen riding in the Bay of Plenty region recently, among hundreds deported from Australia for failing the "good character" test over the past few years   Read More ...
The Reject Shop ordered to pay $155,000 after court action over unsafe projectile toys
2018-03-12 12:15:43 Discount retailer The Reject Shop has been ordered to pay a penalty of $140,000 and court costs of $15,000 after Consumer Affairs Victoria dragged it to the Federal Court over concerns the labelling on its “UFO” and balloon projectile toys breached safety standards. In 2015, Consumer Affairs officers identified two products sold at Reject Shop stores it believed breached the Australian Safety Standard for products in that category   Read More ...
Queensland Rail facing legal action because its new $4.4bn trains are basically illegal
2018-03-12 10:34:42 When they were ordered, the then Government crowed about the “New Generation Rollingstock” (NGR) trains being half the price of similar designs. But the cheap price has brought with it multiple problems including failing air conditioning, issues with the braking and, most damningly, a botched procurement process that saw the Government settle on a design that doesn’t meet minimum legal standards, according to The Courier Mail   Read More ...
S&P accused of weakening ratings model to win business in landmark Australian lawsuit
2018-03-12 09:08:17 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s weakened its risk assessment criteria to win business and turn out high ratings on opaque debt products that started to unwind during the global financial crisis, an Australian court heard on Monday. The U.S.-based ratings agency is being sued for at least A$190 million ($150 million) by two local governments and two pension funds in Australia, which lost money on synthetic collateralized debt obligations (SCDOs) when the U   Read More ...
Teenager Michael Brack stabbed to death over $160 drug deal, Supreme Court hears
2018-03-12 08:17:07 A teenage boy was stabbed to death because his alleged attacker thought the 16-year-old was backing out of a $160 drug deal, a court has heard. Ryan John Howes has pleaded not guilty to murdering Michael Brack, who died from a single stab wound after he bled out in a Bundall street, on Queensland's Gold Coast, in November 2015. On the opening day of his trial, prosecutors told the Supreme Court in Brisbane that Michael had gone with friends to sell Howes 14 grams of marijuana, but Mr Howes said he needed to go home and get money which made the teenager frustrated and anxious to leave   Read More ...
Phantom Secure boss arrested in California, amid products' suspected links to Australian murders
2018-03-12 08:17:02 The boss of a company that supplied encrypted phones suspected of being used to plan at least two murders in Australia has been arrested in California, after a joint operation between law enforcement agencies in the US, Australia and other countries. Key points: Phantom Secure allegedly built an international client base of criminals Company CEO Vincent Ramos has been arrested in California Investigators have been told encrypted phones were involved in gambling, money laundering and drug trafficking Vincent Ramos, chief executive of a Canadian company called Phantom Secure, was charged last week in California with racketeering activity involving gambling, money laundering and drug trafficking   Read More ...
Battered mum pleads guilty to manslaughter of 12 year-old
2018-03-12 06:34:20 The mother, whose name can’t be revealed for legal reasons, had been due to stand trial for manslaughter in the Newcastle Supreme Court on Monday before deciding to plead guilty. Her partner was jailed last Monday for a minimum 28 years after pleading guilty to murdering his stepdaughter in September 2015 near Maitland. Justice Peter Hamill formally convicted the mother of manslaughter and adjourned the case to tomorrow   Read More ...
Former union boss allegedly spent $440,000 on corporate credit card, court told
2018-03-12 06:10:11 A former union official accused of racking up $440,000 in personal expenses on his corporate credit card used it to pay for cars, household items and accommodation, a court has been told. Derrick Belan, who was the National Union of Workers' (NUW) New South Wales secretary, is facing 62 charges. It is alleged he made false invoices and fraudulent electronic transfers, and misused his corporate credit card between 2011 and 2015   Read More ...
Diners told to wash clothes after nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal
2018-03-12 02:08:03 Traces of a nerve agent have been found in a restaurant and a pub in an English city, after a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent, British health authorities say. Key points: Public Health England issues its first statement urging people to take specific actions as a result of the attack Spokeswoman Jenny Harries says there is "currently, a very low risk" to the general public Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a British police officer all remain in hospital Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in hospital after the attack in the city of Salisbury   Read More ...
'They kill people': Trump urges death penalty for drug dealers
2018-03-12 01:06:32 Washington : Drug dealers kill people, destroy families and might deserve the death penalty or life in prison for their crimes, President Trump says. Trump, speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania for congressional candidate Rick Saccone, said he got the idea from the leaders of China and Singapore. The US criminal justice system, Trump said, is too soft on drugs   Read More ...
Two US police helicopters destroyed after rotor blades collide
2018-03-11 14:33:37 The horrifying accident happened at a California heliport as one police chopper was flying in and another was getting ready for takeoff, reports The Sun. Police said six people were injured in the November 17 crash, including five officers aboard the helicopters plus someone on the ground. None of the injuries were reported to be serious. CCTV of the horrific smash was recently released showing the moments leading up the crash   Read More ...
Nun involved in legal battle with Katy Perry dies in the middle of court appearance
2018-03-11 05:04:18 Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, was in court for a post-judgment hearing when she collapsed, TMZ reports. The hearing related to a controversial eight-acre estate in the Loz Feliz neighbourhood of Los Angeles. In 2015, Perry sought to buy the property from Ms Holzman and another nun for $14.5 million. The property included a Roman-villa style building with an attached convent that had closed in 2011, reported   Read More ...
Ice user who killed partner's baby son found guilty of murder
2018-03-11 04:05:33 An ice user who inflicted catastrophic injuries on his partner's six-month-old baby son while she was shopping has been found guilty of murder. After three days of jury deliberations, Dwayne Lindsey, 34, was found guilty in the Victorian Supreme Court on Sunday of murdering six-month-old Chayse Dearing. Lindsey pleaded not guilty to murder but through his lawyer admitted he caused Chayse's death - most likely by shaking him - and the jurors were advised during the trial they should return a guilty finding on child homicide, similar to manslaughter   Read More ...
'Katy Perry, please stop': Nun pleads with pop star over convent sale before collapsing, dying in court
2018-03-11 00:10:11 A nun who was involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles has collapsed and died during a court appearance related to the case. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, was a member of an order of elderly nuns involved in a dispute over the sale of their convent. Perry had offered to buy the eight-acre property and its Roman-villa-style buildings for $US14   Read More ...
Australian police hunt 'brazen, disrespectful' Irish scammers
2018-03-10 23:43:02 "Brazen" Irish scammers have been linked to at least a dozen theft and fraud incidents in Queensland, Australia. Men, women and children with Irish accents have allegedly been targeting Brisbane businesses and unsuspecting residents, scamming them of tens of thousands of dollars. Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said a team of officers and Australian Border Force were working to track down the group of "disrespectful" men and women accused of the "highly brazen" crimes   Read More ...
Sergei Skripal: UK police identify over 200 witnesses, 240 pieces of evidence in nerve agent attack
2018-03-10 22:08:38 Police have identified more than 200 witnesses and 240 pieces of evidence as part of their investigation into the Salisbury nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy, Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd said. Key points: Police continue to search the town where the attack happened Investigation involves more than 250 counter-terrorism officers Police officer who responded to the attack remains seriously ill Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were targeted in last Sunday's attack, remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital, she said   Read More ...
Syrian army intensifies assault on Eastern Ghouta, splits rebel stronghold: reports
2018-03-10 16:15:51 The Syrian army has effectively put two big towns in Eastern Ghouta under siege by advancing into the area linking them to each other and to the rest of the rebel enclave, a war monitor says. Key points Syrian army cuts off two big towns Warplanes, helicopters and heavy artillery bombard area Main rebel groups say not planning to leave area Syrian state television had earlier reported that army operations were intensifying in the central part of Eastern Ghouta three weeks into the Government's ferocious assault   Read More ...
'Stupid mistakes': Crying Pharma Bro sentenced to seven years in jail
2018-03-10 10:48:39 Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical executive notorious for sharply increasing drug prices, mounting sneering defences of his actions and even issuing a bounty for one of Hillary Clinton's hairs, was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison after being convicted of fraud last year. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of at least 15 years; the defence had pushed for 12 to 18 months   Read More ...
Martin Shkreli, 'Pharma Bro', cries in court as he is sentenced to seven years for hedge fund fraud
2018-03-10 10:47:50 Martin Shkreli, the smirking "Pharma Bro" vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors in two failed hedge funds. Last year, the self-promoting pharmaceutical executive notorious for trolling critics online was convicted in a securities fraud case, unconnected to the price increase dispute. Shkreli cried as he told US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto he made many mistakes   Read More ...
British woman in Australia charged with killing boy
2018-03-09 18:38:56 Joanne Finch, 41, was arrested at a house in the seaside town of Tootgarook, about 50 miles from Melbourne, in the state of Victoria on Thursday. Emergency services were called at about 1.30pm on Thursday but the boy, thought to be Finch's eight-year-old son Brodie Moran, was found dead. After being charged with murder, Finch made a brief appearance at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday   Read More ...
Brit mum, 41, charged with murder after her son, 8, is found ‘suffocated with a pillow’ in Australia
2018-03-09 10:35:08 A BRITISH mother has been charged with murder after allegedly suffocating her eight-year-old son to death at their peaceful seaside home in Australia. Joanne Finch, 41, allegedly smothered her son Brodie Moran with a pillow at their rented property in south-east Melbourne yesterday. Brodie’s dad Lee Moran, who is also British and is currently based in Shanghai, posted a heartbreaking tribute to his “always happy” boy this morning, reports   Read More ...