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Yet Another AVO Dismissed and Costs Awarded in Favour of Our Client
The Presiding Magistrate in Hornsby Local Court has dismissed the AVO brought against our client by his neighbour, and then ordered him to pay our client's legal costs.
Our client and the applicant are next door neighbours in the northern suburbs of Sydney. They have been engaged in various disputes for over 4 years.
The applicant alleged that our client had "harassed and intimidated" him and his partner "at least 15 times" over a one-month period by "prying" on them, "making videos" and "using abusive language" both in-person and in text messages.
Our defence team prepared transcripts of all text messages, obtained relevant videos and arranged transcripts of those videos, gathered photographs and prepared witness statements - all of which undermined the applicant's version of events.
The case ultimately reached a defended hearing wherein it became abundantly clear during the applicant's lengthy cross-examination that he was primarily responsible for escalating the disputes, not our client.
The Presiding Magistrate was scathing in her criticism of the applicant as she dismissed his case and ordered him to pay our client's legal costs in full.
No Conviction for Aggravated Break and Enter and Commit Serious Indictable Offence
Our Senior Lawyer, Mr Jimmy Singh, obtained a section 10 (no conviction) for a highly-publicised ‘aggravated break, enter and steal’ case heard at the Downing Centre District Court.
After a night out with some friends, our client, a 19-year-old man, was hanging out outside a clothing store with three other friends.
He leant against the door to the store, which incidentally opened as staff had forgotten to engage the security locks on the door to the shop.
Our client, along with two co-accused, then entered the shop and stole a number of items of clothing valued at around $1000.
Members of the public observed them leaving the store and reported the incident to police, who located the group a short time later in an alleyway along with the stolen clothing.
Our client was charged with ‘aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence,’ which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.
Statistics published by the Judicial Commission show that 65% of people charged with this offence in higher courts receive a sentence of imprisonment.
Undeterred by this, Mr Singh worked tirelessly to obtain the best result for our client.
Following the break and enter, our client was held hostage in the Sydney siege late last year.
Understandably, this affected his mental health – however it also was a test of character for our client, who was commended for his ‘bravery and maturity’ during the ordeal.
Mr Singh was able to obtain a psychologist’s report to support our client’s case and prepared submissions which emphasised the appropriateness of a lenient penalty.
After lengthy verbal submissions on the sentencing date, the judge was ultimately persuaded to impose a ‘section 10 good behaviour bond’ despite the seriousness of the charge. This means that our client escapes a criminal record, which would have had a detrimental impact on his life and future.
The Judicial Commission statistics indicate that less than 1% of ‘aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence’ cases dealt with in the higher courts over the past 7 years were finalised by way of a section 10 good behaviour bond.
Client Avoids Prison Despite Breaching Suspended Sentence
In May 2013, our client pleaded guilty to Supplying a Commercial Quantity of Prohibited Drug and 3 counts of Possess Prohibited Drug.
He was given a two-year 'Suspended Sentence' and 3 x three-year 'Section 9 Good Behaviour Bonds' for those charges by the Presiding Judge in Downing Centre District Court. This was an excellent result given the seriousness of the charges.
However, in November 2014, he was found in possession of MDMA ('ecstacy') tablets and a quantity of cannabis, and charged with two counts of drug possession. Those charges caused him to breach his 'Suspended Sentence' and his 'Good Behaviour Bonds'.
In the lead-up to his court proceedings, our legal team gathered material supporting the assertion that our client had taken significant steps towards rehabilitation, but had found it difficult at times and relapsed.
In the result, the Presiding Judge was persuaded that there were good reasons to excuse the breach of Suspended Sentence. The breach was therefore excused and our client was given a fresh two-year section 9 good behaviour bond.
He therefore avoids prison and can continue in his efforts towards rehabilitation.
Prosecution Drops Sexual Assault Charges
The Defence Team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers has once again convinced the DPP to drop charges of 'Sexual Intercourse Without Consent'.
Our 27 year old client was a friend and colleague of the complainant before they commenced an intimate relationship. Although the relationship broke down after several months, the pair continued to work together for the same business.
They attended the staff Christmas party in Sydney where they both consumed several alcoholic drinks. The event finished at around midnight and the pair attempted to find public transport, without success. They then agreed to catch a taxi together to the complainant's unit.
It is alleged that whilst inside the unit, our client forced himself onto the complainant and had sexual intercourse with her.
The pair exchanged several text messages over the next few days during which, according to the police 'facts', our client 'apologised and begged the victim not to contact police as it would ruin his life'.
Our client was adamant that the sexual intercourse was consensual and that his fears were not because he was guilty, but due to the fact that any such report could cause him to lose his job and reputation.
Our team quickly subpoenaed the telephone records of both parties and all relevant CCTV, which revealed several notable inconsistencies in the complainant's statement. It also supported our client's instructions regarding the basis of his fears.
A detailed letter was prepared and sent to the DPP requesting withdrawal of the charges on that basis, and after a series of discussions, the DPP dropped all charges against our client.
The case is yet another example of how a pro-active defence can often lead to charges being dropped, which saves the client from going through months or even years of anxiety and stress, not to mention expense.
Client Keeps Licence and Avoids Criminal Record for Mid-Range Drink Driving
Our client is a 46 year old Sales Executive living in Frenchs Forest, Sydney.
He was pulled over for a random breath test just after 9pm on a Friday night on Blackbutts Road, Frenchs Forest where he registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.100.
He told police that he had been drinking red wine at his home from 6pm to 9pm and was on his way to a friend's place. He was then charged with 'mid-range drink driving'.
There was nothing particularly remarkable about the facts of the case.
Our legal team ensured that he took the right steps in the lead-up to the court date; by helping him with his apology letter and character references, and referring him to counselling.
The matter came before Manly Local Court where two defendants who registered very similar readings (0.09 and 0.115) both received criminal convictions and licence disqualifications because, as the Magistrate put it, "the reading is too high". This was despite it being their first drink driving offence and both having a strong need for a driver licence.
Our client's case then came before the very same Magistrate, who was ultimately persuaded to allow our client to keep his licence and avoid a criminal conviction despite the reading.
It is an example of how careful preparation and persuasive presentation in court can make all the difference when it comes to the result in drink driving cases.