Courts

Vigilante spared jail for crutch to crotch

A Perth man avoids jail for hitting another man in the crotch with his crutch.

A vigilante father who struck his neighbour in the crotch with a crutch for allegedly approaching his son to sell drugs has avoided jail.

WA Police mandatory sentencing laws: deterrent or not?

WA Police

Aleisha Orr Assaults against WA Police officers have dropped by 33 per cent since the introduction of mandatory sentencing laws to protect police and other public officers.

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E-cigarettes a passing fad in WA

Vincent van Heerden with one of his personal e-cigarettes.

Aleisha Orr Remember Fags? They were the white sticks of candy with red tips in a small packet which looked kind of like cigarette lollies for kids.

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Edward William Latimer release irks Joe Francis

Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis

The state government and judiciary appear to be at loggerheads again, with the Corrective Services Minister questioning a judge's decision to release a dangerous sex offender from jail.

GPS for sex offenders not enough for community safety: WA Labor

Opposition leader Mark McGowan says GPS trackers for WA sex offenders don't do enough for community safety.

Chenee Marrapodi Opposition leader Mark McGowan has slammed the government for allowing another serial sex offender to walk free.

Fears asbestos risks will increase with abolition of safety body

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Leanne Nicholson One of Australia’s leading advisors in asbestos law fears management of the deadly fibres will decrease and victims increase following recommendations to the Abbott Government to scrap a key...

Child sex abuse not seen as a crime, inquiry told

Christian Brothers who were accused of sexual abuse were still allowed to work with children by being sent to day schools where there would be 'less opportunity' to offend.

The Christian Brothers regarded the physical and sexual abuse of children as abhorrent and a moral failing but not a criminal offence, a royal commission has been told.

RSPCA in WA report of dramatic increase in violence towards animals

The RSPCA says the last six months have seen a dramatic increase in animals being beaten and neglected.

Aleisha Orr The number of animals deliberately beaten has more than doubled in the past six months according to figures from the RSPCA WA.

Fuel shutdown as WA stations fight petrol theft

A growing number of WA fuel pumps are going pre-paid to stop petrol theft.

Leanne Nicholson Growing numbers of bowsers across Perth are being locked down to sell prepaid fuel only as legal inertia and lack of clarity over petrol thefts forces more West Australian service stations to...

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Dog registration could push 'dodgy dealers' out of industry

Katherine  King  has been found guilty on three counts of animal cruelty and has been ordered not to go within 10 metres of an animal.

Aleisha Orr West Australian Opposition leader, Mark McGowan has called for a dog breeder registration system to be introduced in WA to deter "dodgy dealers".

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Legal Aid offices to close in Midland, Fremantle

Scales of Justice outside the District Court in Brisbane.

Nicole Cox Perth’s only two suburban Legal Aid offices will be shut down, prompting concerns that some of WA’s most disadvantaged will be left without adequate legal representation.

Fight looms for Browse supply base plan

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A conservation group has vowed to fight in the courts any attempts to industrialise Western Australia's Kimberley region, including the premier's plans to establish a gas sector supply base at James...

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WA's dodgiest builder leaves UK painter and family homeless

Steve Preston is also known as Steve Brown.

Leanne Nicholson A builder labelled 'WA's dodgiest', 'a menace' and 'a maverick' by consumer protection authorities for fleeing the state and taking hundreds of thousands of dollars for work not done has resurfaced...

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Deadly asbestos mine takes toll for Wittenoom kids

Phillip Noble and Ross Munroe. Photo courtesy of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia.

Operators of the former WA asbestos mine in Wittenoom could be liable for a wider range of deadly illnesses following new research about the effects on children who grew up there.

Asylum boat organiser jailed for 14 years

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An Iranian-Australian man has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for his role in several people-smuggling voyages, one of which ended in the 2010 Christmas Island tragedy that killed 50 people.

State launches appeal against Rayney verdict

Lloyd Rayney

Rania Spooner The state has launched an appeal against a Supreme Court Justice's finding that Lloyd Rayney was not guilty of the murder of his wife.

Buswell battles on with ex-lover Carles

Troy Buswell and former partner Adele Carles

The defamation battle between Western Australia's treasurer Troy Buswell and his former lover, MP Adele Carles is set to continue through the state election campaign after Mr Buswell's legal team...

Power utility taken to court for teen death

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Rania Spooner Western Power charged over teen's electric shock death.

Medical breakthrough leads to murder acquittal

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Rania Spooner The Nobel Prize winning medical breakthrough that saw a convicted murderer acquitted.

35 people charged over juvenile jail riot

The entrance to Banksia Hill detention centre in the southern suburb of Canning Vale.

Thirty youths and five adults have so far been charged over a violent riot at Western Australia's only juvenile detention centre.