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Magistrate frustrated by delay in 'straightforward, tragic' neurosurgeon attempted murder case

Mark Russell A magistrate has questioned how a man accused of attempting to murder neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong at the Western Hospital in Footscray could contest the charges.

Paedophile priest's prison term reduced on appeal, but conviction stands

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Mark Russell, Adam Cooper A retired Catholic priest who sexually abused an altar boy before telling him he had to confess his sins has had his jail sentenced reduced by seven months.

Michael O'Neill snapped after being called 'frigid bitch' by Stuart Rattle, court told

Mark Russell A man who strangled his partner of 16 years, after fracturing his skull with a saucepan, had snapped after being called a ''frigid bitch'', a court has heard.

Interior designer Stuart Rattle's murderer a pathological liar, court told

Michael O'Neill (left) and Stuart Rattle.

Mark Russell The man who murdered his partner of 16 years, well-known interior designer Stuart Rattle, was a pathological liar known as "The Talented Mr Ripley", a court has heard.

Trio found guilty of manslaughter over ambush shooting of drug dealer Gordon Hamm

The Glenelg River at Nelson.

Mark Russell Three men accused of ambushing, shooting and bashing to death a drug dealer in the dead of night on a bridge near the South Australian border have been found not guilty of murder, but...

Stripper Robyn Lindholm accused of murdering ex-lover Wayne Amey seeks legal aid

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Mark Russell A stripper accused of organising two men to murder her former partner is hoping to get Victoria Legal Aid funding to pay for a defence barrister during her trial, a court has heard.

Teen mother accused of killing newborn loses bid to have charges dropped

Man faces court over Gold Coast shooting

Mark Russell The Director of Public Prosecutions has rejected a bid by defence lawyers to have charges dropped against a young mother accused of killing and abandoning her newborn baby under a tree.

Three years' detention for teen hoon drivers involved in Cranbourne crash that maimed friend

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Mark Russell Two teenage hoon drivers involved in a horrific high-speed crash that left a young woman scarred for life have been sentenced to three years in a youth detention centre.

Lukas Kamay, Christopher Hill hatched insider trading scheme in Fitzroy North pub

Lukas Kamay hatched an insider trading plan with friend Christopher Hill in a Fitzroy North pub.

Mark Russell The plan to set up an insider trading scheme which netted the mastermind more than $7 million and an apartment from The Block was organised at a Fitzroy North pub, a court has heard.

Ponzi scheme lawyer jailed for 12 years

Mark Russell A disgraced lawyer who stole more than $12 million from clients – including singer Joe Camilleri – in a "despicable charade" involving the largest amount of money ever stolen by a lawyer...

'Naked greed': Inside trader bought The Block's $2.4m apartment as 'cloak of respectability'

Lysandra and Alisa from The Block.

Mark Russell One of two men involved in a $7 million insider-trading scheme bought an apartment from The Block television show to give his crimes "a cloak of respectability", a court has heard.

Melissa Eldridge forgive boyfriend Andrew Simpson for leaving her for dead after high-speed chase crash

Mark Russell The 19-year-old girlfriend of a man who left her for dead after a car accident following a high-speed police pursuit has forgiven him, a court has heard.

Teenage Colombian rapist behind CBD sex attacks bashed in youth detention centre

Teenager pleads guilty to series of horrific sex attacks in Melbourne's CBD.

Mark Russell A Colombian teenage rapist involved in a series of horrific sex attacks on women in Melbourne's CBD has been bashed in a youth detention centre.

Policeman 'gung ho' before fatal shooting


Mark Russell A police officer who shot dead a man wanted over a stabbing in St Kilda had acted in a "gung-ho" way before the shooting, a coroner has found.

Whose knife was it? Self-defence an issue in trial of Sunshine stabbing accused Craig McDermott

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Mark Russell, Jane Lee Self-defence will be an issue at the trial of a man accused of stabbing his former partner to death after 'rugby tackling' her in front of shoppers outside a Sunshine shopping centre, a court has...

Yarraville mother-of-two pleads guilty to manslaughter over boyfriend's death

A mother-of-two has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after killing her boyfriend over ice.

Mark Russell A woman’s two daughters, aged one and four, were asleep upstairs when she killed her boyfriend during an argument at her Yarraville home over the drug ice, a court has heard.

Childhood friend witness implicated Kyle Zandipour in murder of student Josh Hardy at McDonald's, court told

Victim Joshua Hardy.

Mark Russell A bank clerk accused of murdering a university student outside a McDonald's restaurant was implicated by his own childhood friend turned key witness, a court has heard.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott loses first round in John Setka defamation case

The Age News Picture by Wayne Taylor 18th May 2014.  CFMEU official John Setka at the ALP State conference at Mooney Valley racecourse today.

Mark Russell Prime Minister Tony Abbott has lost a bid to force controversial union official John Setka to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees over a preliminary issue in their defamation case.

Former partner break-in, assault highlights 'epidemic of domestic violence'

Mark Russell The state's highest court has called for tougher sentences for vengeful former partners, saying domestic violence in Victoria has become an epidemic.

Six months' jail for man who sent threatening text message to ex-partner and jury forewoman in 'vampire gigolo' murder trial


Mark Russell, Steve Butcher A man who sent threatening text messages to the jury forewoman during the Supreme Court trial of three men accused of murdering "vampire gigolo" Shane Chartres-Abbott has been jailed for six months.