Adam Cooper

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Peter Dupas excused from giving evidence at inquest on Kathleen Downes

Adam Cooper Serial killer Peter Dupas has been excused from giving evidence about the murder of a 95-year-old woman, and his lawyer has raised doubts he will ever get a fair trial even if charged.

Court hears serial killer Peter Dupas told fellow inmate he murdered elderly woman

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Adam Cooper Serial killer Peter Dupas spoke to a cell mate about murdering a 95-year-old woman, according to the former lawyer whose testimony helped convict him of another killing.

Judge offers man accused of "terrorising people" with a knife one last chance

Hope: In granting bail, Justice Jack Forrest warned Suriya Hika, 19, he was was

Adam Cooper A man accused by a judge of drawing satisfaction from "terrorising people" with a knife has been granted bail, but warned he was "one slip-up" away from a long stint in custody.

Deaths of paraglider pilot Rob Lithgow and Bruce Ottoway investigated by Coroner amid questions over safety

Adam Cooper A complaint about a pilot and the role Australia's air-safety watchdog plays in governing paragliding could become key parts of a coroner's investigation into a fatal crash in which two men died.

Homeless man Scott Miller pleads guilty to raping and murdering pastry chef Renea Lau in Kings Domain

Renea Lau, pictured in 2010 was raped and murdered.

Mark Russell, Adam Cooper A homeless man has formally pleaded guilty to raping and murdering a pastry chef in Melbourne’s Kings Domain.

Heidelberg West killing: charged men were 'seen with shotgun'


Adam Cooper Two men charged with murder were seen armed with a shotgun and intending to meet a man who was killed soon after, a court has heard.

Jail for woman who bashed women across public transport system

Madeline Luke's attacks included one on a tram in which she struck a woman in the chest.

Adam Cooper A woman who assaulted five women and threatened an off-duty policewoman in a series of attacks across Melbourne's public transport system has been jailed.

Bandidos associates held in custody over Michael Strike murder

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Adam Cooper Three men with links to the Bandidos bikie gang have been remanded in custody over the murder of Dandenong glazier Michael Strike.

Homeless man pleads guilty to murder of pastry chef Renea Lau

The murder scene of Renea Lau in Kings Domain, Melbourne.

Adam Cooper A homeless man has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of pastry chef, Renea Lau, in Melbourne's Kings Domain.

Man brought baby daughter to meeting with Toby Mitchell

Former Bandidos bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell outside court in 2013.

Mark Russell and Adam Cooper A man who claims former Bandidos sergeant-at-arms, Toby Mitchell, punched and threatned him with a gun while demanding $300,000, brought his baby daughter to the meeting for protection, a...

Woman who stabbed her cousin pleads guilty to manslaughter

Adam Cooper A woman who fatally stabbed her cousin after an argument has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Man who didn't want a child stomped on his wife, a court is told

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Adam Cooper A man forced his pregnant wife to have sex against her will in an attempt to have their baby aborted, a court has heard.

Man charged over Caulfield stabbing death

Anna Whitelaw, Adam Cooper A 58-year-old man has been charged with murder and appeared in court over the stabbing death of a man in Melbourne's south-east at the weekend.

Trio who bashed AFL footballers Jeff Garlett and Mitch Robinson spared jail

Mitch Robinson (left) and Jeff Garlett (right) celebrate during a Carlton win in 2011.

Adam Cooper Three men who bashed AFL footballers Jeff Garlett and Mitch Robinson during a street brawl have been spared jail terms.

Guilty pleas over assault involving two AFL players Jeff Garlett and Mitch Robinson

A row over a taxi resulted in several men appearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Adam Cooper Two Carlton footballers suffered head injuries in a street fight with a group of men that was sparked by an argument over a taxi, a court has heard.

Man pleads not guilty to murdering elderly neighbour

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Adam Cooper An elderly man stabbed to death in his home was harassed for cigarettes in the days before his death by the man who was later charged with his murder, court documents allege.

Woman who gave drugs to teen spared more time in jail

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Adam Cooper A woman who is in jail for giving drugs to a boy who later died, has been spared a longer stint in prison so she could avoid losing her home while in custody.

Court of Appeal reduces jail terms for nearly one in four cases


Adam Cooper and Timna Jacks Victoria's highest court reduced the length of jail terms for criminal offenders in nearly one in four cases last year, prompting claims lower-court judges might may be under pressure to impose...

Man accused of raping drug-affected woman at Greensborough bus stop on Christmas Eve

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Adam Cooper A man repeatedly raped a drug-affected woman in plain view of passers-by on Christmas Eve, a court has been told.

Crossbow attack leaves man with critical injuries

Adam Cooper A man fired eight arrows from a crossbow into the home of a family member in an alleged attack that left his elderly relative critically injured.