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Cowan to Serve Minimum of 20 Years

Justice Atkinson has sentenced Brett Peter Cowan to life imprisonment with a minimum non parole period of 20 years for the murder of Daniel Morcombe. Justice Atkinson further sentenced Mr Cowan to three-and-a-half years for indecently dealing with Daniel, and two years for interfering with his...

Cowan Found Guilty

Brett Peter Cowan was yesterday found guilty of the murder of Daniel Morcombe. Mr Cowan was also found guilty of indecently dealing with Daniel and interfering with his corpse. The six men and six women of the jury took seven-and-a-half hours to return their unanimous verdict,...

Double Jeopardy

“A person can not be twice punished… for the same act or omission…”  Double jeopardy is a fundamental and integral part of our legal system. It prevents a person from being tried or convicted more than once for the same act. A recent case in the...

A Notable Issue

Recently the High Court published its judgment in the case of Mark Sharne Smith v The State of Western Australia [2014] HCA 3.  The case relates to the finding of a note in the jury room after a verdict had been reached in a criminal...

Changes to Youth Justice Act Slammed

The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in Queensland (ATSILS), have written a joint letter to the United Nations, urging them to intervene in the changes to the Youth Justice Act put forward to parliament on Tuesday. The...

Financial Advisor Charged Over Death of Spiritual Counsellor

Mr Trung Ma, a financial advisor has been charged over the death of Hugo Bonham, a Gold Coast spiritual counsellor. Mr Bonham was last seen on the 2nd of February 2014. On Monday night, a body believed to be Mr Bonham, was found at a Brisbane...