Adam Cooper

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Coroner calls for clearer rules on smoke alarms

Adam Cooper A coroner has called for rental agreements to clearly nominate who bears responsibility for checking smoke alarms following the deaths of three Indian students in a house fire.

Lawyer planned suicide to repay fraud victim, court told

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Adam Cooper A lawyer who defrauded a client of $1.7 million planned to take his own life in a staged car crash to repay his victim and cover his debts with insurance money, a court has heard.

Coroner's open finding on Maribyrnong River death

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Larissa Nicholson and Adam Cooper The state coroner has found it is not possible to determine the circumstances around the death of a young Ethiopian-Australian man whose body was found in the Maribyrnong River.

Luke Batty's mother Rosie urges overhaul to prevent children's deaths

Rosie Batty was distraught speaking with reporters outside the Coroner's Court.

Adam Cooper Rosie Batty wants the inquest into her son Luke's murder to address the "systemic" failures in Victoria's child protection system, and has urged police and care agencies to put children's safety...

Man who glassed friend over depression remark avoids jail

Adam Cooper A man who inflicted serious damage on a mate's eyesight by smashing a beer glass over his head following a remark about a battle with depression has avoided jail.

Improve system to weed out bad drivers: coroner

Adam Cooper A coroner has stopped short of calling for doctors to be legally compelled to warn VicRoads if their patients are unfit to drive because of mental-health problems or drug and alcohol dependence.

Grocon wall collapse hearing could see 55 witnesses

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Adam Cooper A court hearing for construction giant Grocon over a wall collapse that killed three people could hear from up to 55 witnesses across 11 days, a magistrate has been told.

Bouncer 'not licensed' to stop fatal fight

Adam Cooper A bouncer failed to intervene in a fatal fight between two women outside a Melbourne hotel because he was not licensed to stop any violence outside a pub, a court has heard.

Former priest David Rapson granted six-month wait before retrial

Former priest David Rapson granted six-month wait before retrial.

Adam Cooper A former priest who this month had convictions for sexually abusing eight boys at a Catholic boarding school quashed has been granted a six-month wait before a retrial.

Child killer Derek Percy died of lung cancer, coroner rules

Adam Cooper A coroner has ruled that child killer Derek Percy, one of Australia's longest-serving inmates and a man linked to the deaths or disappearances of nine children, died from lung cancer.

Police flagged concerns over mentally ill man, inquest hears

Adam Cooper Police voiced concerns a paranoid schizophrenic would not get the mental-health treatment he needed and would endanger the public months before he killed another driver while fleeing pursuing...

Artist Paul Yore encroached on children's rights in 'pornographic' work

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Adam Cooper A magistrate has been urged to consider the children whose images were used by artist Paul Yore in artwork that became the subject of a police investigation into child pornography.

Experts back artist in ‘child porn’ court case

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Adam Cooper A magistrate has issued immunity notices to the director and former chairperson of a St Kilda art gallery who have given evidence at a court hearing for artist Paul Yore, who is charged with child...

Tackling abuse: Jess's message of courage and hope

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Adam Cooper Jess Clark's biggest step stemmed from the smallest thing. It began when she forgot to log out of Facebook on the home computer and her younger brother, Brandon, got nosy.

Andrew Hodson took gun from parents' home after murders, court told

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Adam Cooper Investigators still believe former detective Paul Dale ordered the murder of police informer Terence Hodson.

Business owner accused of shooting to kill a thief

Adam Cooper A jury must decide whether a man shot and killed outside a Thomastown factory was murdered or was the victim of an accidental shooting by a business owner who feared he was about to be burgled.

Stabbing murder accused to dispute claims he bought knife, court told

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Adam Cooper A man accused of the stabbing murder of his partner in a Sunshine shopping strip will dispute evidence he bought the knife, his lawyer has told a court.

Retired priest James Henry Scannell jailed for assaulting altar boy 40 years ago


Adam Cooper An 88-year-old retired priest will spend at least one year in prison for sexually assaulting a boy in his care more than 40 years ago.

Former priest David Rapson freed, new trial ordered, as sexual abuse convictions quashed

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Former Catholic Priest David Rapson charged with child sex abuse while at Salesian College in Sunbury. Rapson leaving the Magistrates court.

Adam Cooper Former priest David Rapson will shortly be released from jail after having his convictions for sexually abusing eight boys at a Catholic boarding school quashed on appeal.

Pirated discs sold to support Clayton South man's impoverished family, court told

Adam Cooper The owner of a business where police seized thousands of pirated DVDs was selling counterfeit movies so he could send money back to his impoverished family in Vietnam, a court has heard.