A client faced charges of burglary and common assault. After Tony Beach discussed the charges with police, the burglary charge was withdrawn and a plea of guilty entered to the common assault charge. The judge indicated an application for discharge without conviction would be granted if there was a satisfactory restorative justice conference between the…

POLICE v VL – Successful application for discharge without conviction for a charge of burglary of commercial premises with some damage done to building and $10,000 worth of items taken (but recovered). Impact on future career and travel and efforts to make amends and reparation led court to grant the application for a discharge without…

The defendant pleaded guilty to stabbing a fellow prison inmate for the second time within approximately one year and was sentenced on 30 October 2015. He had an appalling record for violent offences including aggravated robberies and other assaults. The Crown were seeking preventive detention. I encouraged the defendant to take up courses to assist…

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