Adam Cooper

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Luke Batty inquest: 'I can never get my little boy back', mother tells court

Adam Cooper Luke Batty's father held up a knife while in the car with his son in the year before the 11-year-old was killed at cricket training, an inquest has been told.

Court recognises Edelsten US bankruptcy, puts restraints on Australian assets

Paying respects: Dr Geoffrey Edelsten and Gabi Grecko at the funeral of AFL great Tom Hafey at the MCG.

Adam Cooper Geoffrey Edelsten is one step closer to bankruptcy after a judge formally recognised the former doctor's bankruptcy in the United States and put restraints on his local assets.

CCTV footage shows police officer shove commuter into cell wall


Adam Cooper and Jane Lee Damning CCTV footage released by a court shows a police officer shoving a train commuter into the wall of a cell and then throwing him to the floor after the man failed to show identification.

Pathologists' autopsy evidence key in case of dead newborn and teen mother

Supreme Court

Mark Russell and Adam Cooper The Office of Public Prosecutions will examine the evidence of a pathologist who conducted the autopsy on a newborn baby girl found dead under a tree before deciding if the young mother...

Young mother to stand trial for child homicide

Adam Cooper A young woman has been committed to stand trial for child homicide after a court heard she put a hand over her newborn daughter's mouth in trying to keep the baby's first noises quiet from her family.

Cootes Transport fined more than $50,000 for unsafe tankers following fatal crash


Adam Cooper Trucking company Cootes Transport has been fined more than $50,000 by a magistrate for operating unsafe vehicles following an investigation sparked by a fatal crash.

Kay Nesbit's shooter beats charges of assaulting police, using threatening language


Adam Cooper The man who shot Kay Nesbit in the face through the front door of her home has had a charge of assaulting police dismissed by a magistrate.

Woman charged with stabbing murder claims self-defence in court

Adam Cooper A woman charged with the murder of a man told police she had acted in self-defence when she fatally stabbed him, a court has heard.

Policeman rammed car into vehicle, then blamed driver, court told

Brennan Roberts

Adam Cooper A policeman rammed a patrol car into a man's car before he and a colleague lodged a report claiming the other driver deliberately reversed at them, a court has heard.

Archaeologists to testify at Grocon wall collapse committal hearing

Brick wall collapse

Adam Cooper Expert evidence about an archeological excavation at a Melbourne building site is set to feature in a court committal for construction giant Grocon over a wall collapse that killed three people.

Open homicide finding in Lucia Amenta body-in-barrel case

Adam Cooper The murder of an elderly woman whose remains were found in a barrel 21 months after her disappearance will remain an open homicide because the State Coroner found he could not take his probe any...

Two Thai nationals to be tried for murder of Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell.

Adam Cooper Two Thai nationals have been committed to stand trial for murder over the fatal stabbing of Luke Mitchell outside a Brunswick convenience store.

Undercover police offered black market knuckle dusters and Tasers, court hears

Adam Cooper A man illegally imported thousands of knuckle dusters, tasers and extendable batons into Australia and later offered to sell some to undercover police, court documents show.

Wife of poker player to face court with husband over alleged deception

Adam Cooper The wife of a professional poker player charged over a $100 million fraud case is likely to face the same committal hearing as her husband because their alleged offending was similar in nature, a...

Police officer accused of assaulting a train commuter feared he was going to be spat on


Adam Cooper A police officer charged with assaulting a train commuter by forcing him into a cell wall has defended his actions in court, by maintaining he feared he was going to be spat on.

Suspended jockey Danny Nikolic to contest perjury charges over traffic accident

Danny Nikolic.

Adam Cooper Suspended jockey Danny Nikolic will argue that he never go before a jury on charges that allege he gave false evidence to a court over a traffic accident, a magistrate has heard.

Man charged over Narre Warren attack


Benjamin Millar and Adam Cooper Homicide Squad detectives have charged a 27-year-old man over the brutal attack of a woman in Melbourne’s south-east early Sunday morning.

Woman to stand trial for supplying prostitutes

Adam Cooper A woman accused of running a syndicate supplying sex workers to four Melbourne brothels has been granted bail on the condition she provide $100,000 surety.

Woman jailed over stabbing, bashing attack

Adam Cooper A woman who bashed, repeatedly stabbed and threatened to kill an associate's ex-girlfriend has been jailed for five and a half years.

Boy, 15, should never have had possession of weapon that killed him, devastated parents say

Adam Cooper Darren Cowan was a kid once, but won't accept that the weapon that killed his son was the sort boys have long used seeking teenage adventure.