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Victoria Police payout for Age photographer pepper-sprayed at protest

Victoria Police payout for Age photographer pepper-sprayed at protest

Luis Ascui was sprayed directly in the eyes while photographing a rally in September last year even though he’d identified himself as a media representative.

  • by Marta Pascual Juanola

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Cosmetic surgeon settles legal claim after removing teenager’s labia

Cosmetic surgeon settles legal claim after removing teenager’s labia

A 13-year-old girl was left disfigured and psychologically traumatised after a Melbourne cosmetic surgeon removed her labia and clitoral hood.

  • by Cameron Houston
George Pell not ‘fit and proper’ to be archbishop or priest, lawsuit claims

George Pell not ‘fit and proper’ to be archbishop or priest, lawsuit claims

Documents filed in August last year and publicly released on Friday also allege that Pell was “prepared to use opportunities afforded to him to act upon his sexual proclivities towards boys under 16 years of age” and that they would introduce evidence to that effect.

  • by David Estcourt and Adam Cooper
No bail for pair over Fitzroy shooting

No bail for pair over Fitzroy shooting

A 21-year-old woman who is one of two people charged over the shooting death of a man in Fitzroy is withdrawing from drugs and her mental state is rapidly declining, a court has heard.

  • by Emily Woods
Two people charged with murder after Fitzroy fatal shooting

Two people charged with murder after Fitzroy fatal shooting

A 43-year-old Noble Park man and a 21-year-old Yarraville woman have been charged over a fatal shooting that occurred just a few hundred metres from Fitzroy police station.

  • by Ashleigh McMillan, Marta Pascual Juanola and David Estcourt
Father’s civil case against Catholic Church, George Pell reaches court

Father’s civil case against Catholic Church, George Pell reaches court

Lawyers for the Catholic Church could resurrect a legal strategy to defend a civil claim launched by the father of a former choirboy who prosecutors had alleged was sexually abused by former Melbourne archbishop George Pell in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

  • by Adam Cooper and Carla Jaeger
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Court of Appeal condemns mandatory minimum sentencing

Court of Appeal condemns mandatory minimum sentencing

Victoria’s highest court has condemned mandatory minimum sentences, saying they reduce judges to “instruments of injustice” and sometimes result in more severe punishments than are warranted.

  • by David Estcourt
Man in court after being charged with abducting and raping hitch-hikers

Man in court after being charged with abducting and raping hitch-hikers

Drouin man Garry Cook, 71, has been remanded in custody, accused of abducting and raping two Melbourne hitch-hikers more than 20 years ago.

  • by Tara Cosoleto
Father of former choirboy sues Catholic Church, George Pell

Father of former choirboy sues Catholic Church, George Pell

The father of a former choirboy alleged to have been sexually abused by George Pell has launched civil action in an attempt to sue the cardinal and the Catholic Church.

  • by Adam Cooper
‘I have always maintained my innocence’: Jason Roberts breaks silence

‘I have always maintained my innocence’: Jason Roberts breaks silence

In his first public comments since being released from prison on Monday morning, Jason Roberts said he had always maintained his innocence.

  • by Marta Pascual Juanola
Woman admits lighting fire that killed couple and their baby

Woman admits lighting fire that killed couple and their baby

Jenny Hayes has pleaded guilty to three charges of arson causing death over a fire at a Point Cook property in 2020.

  • by Adam Cooper