Adam Cooper

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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

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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.

Rape charges against Stephen Milne to be discontinued

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Adam Cooper Former St Kilda star Stephen Milne has had rape charges against him dropped and now appears set to avoid jail for indecently assaulting a woman more than a decade ago.

Plasterer charged with double murder allegedly took knife to victims' home

Court: Mustafa Kunduraci, 45, is charged with two counts of murder.

Adam Cooper A plasterer charged with the double murder of a couple allegedly took a knife, cable ties and petrol to confront them in their home.

Derek Percy killed 7-year-old Linda Stilwell, coroner rules

Linda Stilwell

Adam Cooper A coroner has ruled that child killer Derek Percy caused the death of Linda Stilwell, the seven-year-old girl last seen on St Kilda foreshore 46 years ago.

Father turned 'blind eye' to filthy home that killed 5-year-old son


Adam Cooper The father whose 5-year-old son died after falling ill in their squalid house could avoid jail despite turning what a prosecutor called a "blind eye" to his children living at constant risk of harm...

Detective who closed file on Luke Batty's father apologises to Rosie Batty in court

Let down: Rosie Batty told police of her frustrations with the court system.

Adam Cooper An experienced detective who closed a police file on Luke Batty in the thought his father posed no threat has tearfully apologised to the boy's mother in an inquest.

Rosie Batty felt like throwing herself under a bus after dealing with court system

Adam Cooper A mother concerned that her former partner would breach an intervention order says her experience in court left her feeling like "throwing herself under a bus''.