Twice as many Children’s Court cases now dismissed due to mental illness
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Twice as many Children’s Court cases now dismissed due to mental illness

A widened legal definition of mental illness or cognitive impairment has seen a sharp rise in the number of people diverted from the entire NSW punitive justice system.

  • byNigel Gladstone

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Baby killer Kathleen Folbigg seeks government funding for new inquiry

Baby killer Kathleen Folbigg seeks government funding for new inquiry

The inquiry comes just three years after the NSW government spent $2.4 million on an inquiry that failed to clear Folbigg of killing her four infant children.

  • byAngus Thomson
Jets players discussed Dawson allegedly wanting to ‘get rid of’ wife

Jets players discussed Dawson allegedly wanting to ‘get rid of’ wife

Raymond Lee says he was in his 20s when fellow rugby league player Robert Silkman told him he had been approached by Chris Dawson on an end-of-season trip.

  • bySarah McPhee
Buying cocaine ‘as popular as buying food or alcohol’,judge says

Buying cocaine ‘as popular as buying food or alcohol’,judge says

Judge John Pickering sentenced Danny Watfa to three years’ jail for his role in an “Uber Eats” style drug delivery network in inner-city Sydney.

  • byAngus Thomson
TikTok star admits defying COVID restrictions at anti-lockdown rally

TikTok star admits defying COVID restrictions at anti-lockdown rally

Jon-Bernard Kairouz claims he spoke to an anti-lockdown crowd “as a comedian” and did not encourage them to defy public health orders,a court has heard.

  • byAngus Thomson
Author painted Chris Dawson as a killer in unpublished book,trial hears

Author painted Chris Dawson as a killer in unpublished book,trial hears

Rebecca Hazel has given evidence in the NSW Supreme Court about an unpublished book she wrote after meeting Chris Dawson’s babysitter and second wife,JC.

  • bySarah McPhee
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‘Fat and ugly’:Comment allegedly made by Dawson allowed into evidence

‘Fat and ugly’:Comment allegedly made by Dawson allowed into evidence

A former neighbour’s statement has been included as evidence at Chris Dawson’s murder trial,recounting an alleged incident after his second daughter was born.

  • bySarah McPhee
‘Breathtaking double standard’:Sebastian withheld money too,court told

‘Breathtaking double standard’:Sebastian withheld money too,court told

A defence barrister said singer Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day should be found not guilty of 47 charges of embezzlement over withholding funds.

  • byGeorgina Mitchell
Chris Dawson said wife Lynette left him to join commune,court hears

Chris Dawson said wife Lynette left him to join commune,court hears

A woman has given evidence at the Sydney murder trial of Chris Dawson that he told her in 2007 his wife had left him and their daughters for the Blue Mountains.

  • bySarah McPhee
‘Complete and utter fabrication’:Chris Dawson disputes hitman claim

‘Complete and utter fabrication’:Chris Dawson disputes hitman claim

In a police interview,played to the court,Chris Dawson said his second wife JC had made allegations about his first wife’s disappearance to “slur” his character.

  • bySarah McPhee
Dawson’s lawyers object to new evidence about hospital where Lynette was ‘seen’

Dawson’s lawyers object to new evidence about hospital where Lynette was ‘seen’

The Crown wants a new witness to testify at Chris Dawson’s murder trial about a Sydney hospital where Lynette Dawson’s neighbours claim they saw her in 1984.

  • bySarah McPhee