Adam Cooper

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Elderly man jailed for abuse against young boys

Adam Cooper A 93-year-old man has been jailed for molesting four boys in his care more than four decades ago.

No jail time for man whose five-year-old son died after cutting his foot on an open can in squalid home

A man whose son dies in their squalid home has been spared any time in jail.

Adam Cooper The father whose five-year-old son died after falling ill in their squalid house has been spared being sent to prison.

Drug dealer who was granted bail to attend soccer World Cup escapes jail term

Adam Cooper A young man granted bail while on drug charges so he could visit South America to attend the soccer World Cup has been fined for his offences and will avoid a jail term.

Judge hears why Craig Thomson says he lied about paying for sex with union money

Craig Thomson

Adam Cooper A barrister representing Craig Thomson has told a judge the former federal MP lied about using union money to pay for sex because he was "under attack for moral turpitude" at the time.

Former MP Craig Thomson warned appeal judge could increase sentence

Craig Thomson

Adam Cooper Craig Thomson has been warned by a judge she has the power to increase the sentence imposed on the former federal MP if she rules against him in his appeal against a jail term.

Son charged with murdering father in Yarraville death


Adam Cooper An overweight man charged with murdering his father could be vulnerable in custody because of his appearance, a court has been told.

City of Melbourne bylaws officer posed as policeman for sexual favours, court told

Adam Cooper A council bylaws officer posed as a policeman to an escort worker in a bid to procure sexual services, a court has heard.

Pastry chef victim chased into gardens

Adam Cooper A 42 year old has appeared in court over the death of pastry chef Renea Lau in June.

Ice-addicted policeman leaked police information for drugs, court hears

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Adam Cooper A crooked policeman was addicted to the drug ice when he and two colleagues pocketed $3000 from a man in possession of heroin in exchange for letting him go, a court has heard.

Historic incest against daughters results in jail for elderly man

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Adam Cooper An elderly man has been jailed for a minimum 6½ years for the prolonged sexual abuse of his two daughters more than 30 years ago.

Former St Kilda footballer Stephen Milne avoids conviction, fined $15,000 over indecent assault

Stephen Milne

Adam Cooper Former St Kilda football star Stephen Milne has avoided a conviction for indecently assaulting a woman more than 10 years ago.

Former policeman admits arranging for his home to be torched so he could claim insurance payout

Guilty plea: Robert Conn admitted his crimes to a detective after insurers and then police investigated the fire in which his 1854 homestead was destroyed by fire.

Adam Cooper An arrangement to burn down a historic homestead so that a 69-year-old man and his partner could claim insurance on it was described as cunning by a judge.

Grocon's maximum fine after wall collapse 'a slap on the wrist'


Adam Cooper Construction giant Grocon faces a maximum fine of $305,000 – a penalty one critic has slammed as "a slap on the wrist" – for pleading guilty to a criminal charge of failing to keep a...

Elderly truck driver Melville John Bollen pleads guilty to culpable driving causing death after fatal crash that derailed a train

Mark Russell, Adam Cooper An elderly truck driver has pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death after he crashed through lowered boom gates and hit a train, killing one passenger and injuring many others.

Grocon pleads guilty over fatal wall collapse at CUB site

Adam Cooper Construction giant Grocon has formally pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to keep a safe workplace following a wall collapse that killed three people.

Grocon ready to plead guilty to lesser charge over wall collapse at CUB building site

Bridget Jones and and Alexander Jones.

Adam Cooper Grocon has indicated a willingness to plead guilty to a charge of failing to keep a safe workplace at its CUB building site in Carlton.

Grocon to plead guilty over fatal Swanston Street wall collapse

Adam Cooper Building giant Grocon is expected to plead guilty over the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three people.

Carl Williams' step-daughter Danielle Stephens charged with attempted murder

Charged: A man believed to be the boyfriend of Roberta Williams' daughter has faced a Melbourne court.

Adam Cooper and Cameron Houston A man believed to be the boyfriend of Roberta Williams' daughter has faced a Melbourne court, charged with attempted murder.

Plasterer Mustafa Kunduraci will face trial for murder of Moonee Ponds couple

Melbourne Magistrates Court

Adam Cooper Mustafa Kunduraci will appear for a directions hearing at the Supreme Court on Monday.

NRL star Kirisome Auva'a spared conviction for attacking ex-girlfriend

Kirisome Auva'a

Adam Cooper A month after playing in South Sydney's drought-breaking grand final win, rising NRL star Kirisome Auva'a has been spared a conviction for attacking his ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage.