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Safer Sydney: Alcohol link to young criminals

EXCLUSIVE Nicole Hasham, Rachel Olding – SMH The simplest thing we can do is to regulate liquor promotions About 70 per cent of young people in custody in NSW were drunk when they committed their crime, juvenile justice officials say, adding weight to calls for tougher government action to tackle...

Sydney crime: Growing drug link to violent assaults

Rachel Olding REPORTER – SMH Three-quarters of all people detained by Kings Cross police had drugs in their system, raising concerns over the link between performance-enhancing drugs and Sydney’s culture of violent assaults. Experts fear rising steroid use is contributing to aggression and violent crime among young men. Steroid use...

Alcohol the Major Player in King Hit Deaths

Dr Jennifer Pilgrim by Jennifer Pilgirm The tragic death of Thomas Kelly, fatally king hit in Sydney’s Kings Cross last year, brought to the forefront the devastating consequences of alcohol-fuelled violence in Australia. Kieran Loveridge received a non-parole period of four years for Thomas’ murder, sparking outrage from his parents,...

Knocking Heads: What Makes One Man Attack Another

An unchecked primal urge causes some young men to lose control with savage results. It’s gone 10pm in Kings Cross and a man is screaming abuse about a SIM card. “Give me my f—ing money back or I’ll tear this shop apart,” he yells at the woman behind the tobacconist’s...

Teaching Social Skills Cuts Chicago Youth Violence – Study

(Reuters) – A program teaching basic social skills to troubled youths in Chicago produced a significant drop in violence in a city where crime has been spiking, researchers said on Friday. The program – Becoming a Man-Sports Edition – was tested on more than 800 boys aged 12 to 17...

Michael McEwen’s alleged attacker Jamie Ennis freed on bail

On the same day that Michael McEwen walked unsteadily from St Vincent’s Hospital, his alleged attacker walked from Silverwater remand centre on bail. Despite a magistrate ruling last month that Jamie Ennis, 24, should remain in custody to ”send a strong message to the community” about alcohol-fuelled violence, the Bondi...

Violent streets: family of king hit victim push for sentencing reforms

The Attorney-General has shown tentative support for sentencing reforms proposed by the family of king hit victim Thomas Kelly despite a former Director of Public Prosecutions’ doubts over the suggested changes. Leading Sydney barrister Alexander Street, SC, helped Ralph and Kathy Kelly put together a proposal to the state government...

Troublemakers Issued Venue Bans

TWO MEN BANNED BUT SCANS DELAYED Alicia Wood A STRIP club manager is one of two men charged with serious alcohol offences to become the first people barred from Kings Cross under the state government’s banning orders. But enforcing the year-long bans could hit a snag because of delays in...