Adam Cooper

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State coroner critical of guards' inaction, absent cameras in fatal jail attack

Scales of justice

Adam Cooper An inmate fatally bashed at a Fulham prison could still be alive had guards been more responsive and CCTV cameras been in place, the state coroner has found.

Crown bouncers showed 'wilful disregard' for training in pinning man to floor, state coroner rules

Anthony Dunning who died after an altercation with Crown bouncers.

Adam Cooper Crown casino bouncers displayed "a culture of wilful disregard for training and procedures" when they restrained a patron who lost consciousness and four days later died, the state coroner has found.

Rapist apologises to victim before jailing

The County Court of Victoria

Adam Cooper A man who brutally raped a teenager almost 30 years ago apologised for his attack moments before he was jailed.

Coroner: Inquest into Dalvir Singh's suicide urges more mental health access to detainees

Adam Cooper A coroner who investigated a man's suicide at the Maribyrnong detention centre has urged authorities to consider allowing mental-health experts greater access to detainees, particularly at moments of...

Former footballer Nick Stevens jailed for eight months for assaulting ex-girlfriend

 Former Port Adelaide and Carlton football player Nick Stevens has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

Adam Cooper Former AFL star Nick Stevens has appealed against a jail term imposed for bashing his girlfriend and been granted bail to be freed from custody.

Rape victim stares down attacker Grant John Howard in court 30 years on

Adam Cooper A woman raped almost 30 years ago as a teenager has stared her attacker in the face and told him in court that his offending had changed her life forever.

Former AFL player Billy Nicholls jailed for 11 years for shooting two men

Billy Nicholls

Adam Cooper and Liam Mannix Former AFL player William 'Billy' Nicholls has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for shooting two men while he was under the effects of drugs.

Mcdonald's fatal bashing accused gets May court date

Joshua Hardy with his sister Rebecca just hours before his tragic death. Supplied Photo.

Adam Cooper A young man who died after a fight outside a McDonald's restaurant was so drunk he was powerless to resist the actions of the man who allegedly attacked him, a court has heard.

Midwives failed to access mother's full medical history before home-birth death

Caroline Lovell died in 2012 after giving birth at home.

Adam Cooper, Tammy Mills The midwives who assisted a Melbourne mother who died after a home birth should have better sought medical history which showed she suffered a hemorrhage during her first pregnancy, an...

Mother of four left with brain injury after boyfriend shoved her, court told

Adam Cooper A woman was left with an acquired brain injury when she was pushed onto a road by her drunk boyfriend, and now cannot care for her four children by herself, a court has heard.

Rocco Arico denied bail on extortion, weapon charges

Adam Cooper "Career criminal" Rocco Arico, who had links to Carl Williams and another slain underworld figure threatened to kill an associate unless he was paid an alleged $100,000 drug debt, a court has heard.

Magistrate defers decision in Brett Whiteley art fraud case

One of the paintings presented as evidence in court.

Adam Cooper A magistrate has deferred a decision on whether to commit to trial two men accused of producing and selling fake Brett Whiteley paintings in an alleged scam worth $4.5 million.

Defence lawyers in Brett Whiteley art fraud case cite lack of evidence for accused pair


Adam Cooper Lawyers for two men accused of producing and selling fake Brett Whiteley paintings have cited a lack of evidence in calling for their clients to be spared fronting a jury.

Man to stand trial over 1987 rapes

Adam Cooper, Rania Spooner A man accused of the 1987 rapes of a young woman and a toddler has been committed to stand trial despite defence doubts over the potential contamination of DNA evidence.

Trio face court over murder of Brendan Bernard, whose remains were found in Maribyrnong River

Adam Cooper and Nick Toscano Three men charged over the murder of a man whose severed body parts were found in the Maribyrnong River have been remanded in custody while "complex forensic evidence" is prepared.

Adam Guy pleads not guilty by way of mental impairment to the charge of murdering of his mother, Pasqualina


Adam Cooper A man charged with murdering his mother on the Mornington Peninsula has pleaded not guilty by way of mental impairment.

Three electrocution deaths prompt Victorian coroner to call for safer farms

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A wheat harvest near Hay, NSW.
generic wheat harvest crop cropping farm farming property rural tractor machinery drought

Adam Cooper A coroner has called for better safety measures in finding the deaths of three men who were electrocuted when tip trucks came into contact with overhead power lines should not have happened.

'Recipe for disaster': magistrate concerned by lack of supervision for man who attacked women

Adam Cooper A man who assaulted two women in Brunswick a week after he was released from jail will likely be put on strict supervision by authorities when he completes his latest stint in prison.

Last two people to see missing woman Kim Teer alive cleared by coroner

Adam Cooper and Jane Lee A coroner has cleared a man and woman who were the last people to see alive a teenager who disappeared 35 years ago.

Former AFL star Nick Stevens faces jail for assaulting ex-girlfriend


Adam Cooper A magistrate has signalled he will jail former AFL star Nick Stevens for assaulting his ex-girlfriend in what was described in a court as "sustained violence" against a woman.