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Government relied on limited cost-benefit analysis in axing diversion program

Government relied on limited cost-benefit analysis in axing diversion program

The analysis also noted the program to divert people with cognitive impairments out of the criminal justice system was in its “infant stage” and the figures were likely to improve, and some savings were not taken into account because they were difficult to quantify.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn

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Chiropractor removed woman’s underwear and performed unwanted sex acts, court told
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Chiropractor removed woman’s underwear and performed unwanted sex acts, court told

Riaz Behi is accused of sexually touching a Japanese patient with limited English over the course of 17 sessions in 2019.

  • by Jenny Noyes
Syrian spy who sought asylum jailed in historic torture trial

Syrian spy who sought asylum jailed in historic torture trial

It is the first court case in the world over state-sponsored torture under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

  • by Loveday Morris and Sarah Dadouch
Pregnant woman accused of inciting anti-lockdown protest set to fight charge

Pregnant woman accused of inciting anti-lockdown protest set to fight charge

A pregnant Victorian woman accused of encouraging people to protest against the coronavirus lockdown intends to “energetically” fight the charge.

  • by Adam Cooper
Husband must pay wife $US7700 for years of housework, Chinese court rules

Husband must pay wife $US7700 for years of housework, Chinese court rules

The court in Beijing said this week that the husband was obliged to compensate his wife because housework carries “intangible property value”.

  • by Javier C. Hernández
Prosecutors drop drink-driving charge against Bruce Springsteen

Prosecutors drop drink-driving charge against Bruce Springsteen

The rocker’s blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn’t warrant the charges, prosecutors said, but Springsteen was fined $US500 for drinking alcohol in a national recreation area.

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US man accused of triple murder confessed to cooking neighbour’s heart with potatoes, police say
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US man accused of triple murder confessed to cooking neighbour’s heart with potatoes, police say

An Oklahoma man who had been released early from prison as part of a mass commutation effort is now accused of three killings, including the death of a neighbour whose heart he cut out, authorities say.

Truckie jailed for 13 years over fatal crash, hiding ice pipe

Truckie jailed for 13 years over fatal crash, hiding ice pipe

A truck driver who was drug-affected and sleep-deprived when he caused a head-on crash that killed a mother and her son has been jailed for 13 years.

  • by Adam Cooper
French actor Depardieu charged with rape, old case revived

French actor Depardieu charged with rape, old case revived

French media reports said the charges relate to allegations made by an actor in her 20s that date back to 2018.

Queensland dentist whose tools were not sterilised properly cops fine

Queensland dentist whose tools were not sterilised properly cops fine

A Cairns dentist and his practice have been hit with a huge fine after poor sterilisation of instruments exposed hundreds of patients to potential infection.

  • by Stuart Layt
‘I exploited them’: Ex-priest and ALP official ‘ashamed’ of child sexual abuse

‘I exploited them’: Ex-priest and ALP official ‘ashamed’ of child sexual abuse

A former Labor party official and Catholic priest has told a Sydney court he feels guilty and ashamed for exploiting vulnerable boys in Vietnam and the Philippines.

  • by Jenny Noyes