Tony Mokbel had been charged with importing 1.9kg of cocaine into Australia. One of the barristers that represented him was Nicola Gobbo. The Court of Appeal ordered a re-trial. The CDPP discontinued the re-trial as there was no public interest in prosecuting Mr Mokbel again.
Dowlat Soliman entered a plea of guilty to one charge of obtaining a financial advantage by deception. Ms Soliman appealed against her sentence. In February the Court of Appeal refused the application for leave to appeal.
Philip Blowers was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of five years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years and eight months for offences relating to the transmission of child abuse material.
A Crown appeal against the inadequacy of a fine imposed in relation to breaches of maritime safety of a tourist-carrying vessel was successful, resulting in an increase in the fine imposed on the defendant company from $25,000 to $40,000.
Investigators discovered 1.4 tonnes of pure MDMA concealed in tomato tins in a shipping container in Melbourne. In November 2019 the Commonwealth Attorney-General referred the whole of Mr Visser’s case to the Court of Appeal to be heard and determined as if it were a fresh appeal. On 18 December 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed Mr Visser’s appeal.
Mr Phillip Galea was charged with one count of doing acts in preparation for, or planning a terrorist act and one count of attempting to collect or make a document likely to facilitate a terrorist act.
Mr Muldoon, a qualified plumber, committed the fraud under the Commonwealth ‘Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme’, lodging forms falsely stating that he installed air source heat pumps at various residences around Queensland.
In recent years, there has been a steady increase in referrals from the NSW Police in relation to matters involving Commonwealth drug and precursor importation charges. However, in 2019‑20 increase rose dramatically.
Operation Sunrise targeted a transnational syndicate involved in importing heroin to Australia and trafficking heroin in Melbourne. The investigation also uncovered trafficking of methamphetamine in Melbourne.
On 18 August 2020, Mr Daniel Mark Knowles was convicted of online child exploitation offences relating to two female children under 16 years residing in the United Kingdom (UK) – both of whom were his previous students while he was working as a teacher in the UK.
On 24 July 2019, the Supreme Court of Victoria sentenced Mr Ahmed Mohamed (26), Mr Abdullah Chaarani (28) and Mr Hatim Moukhaiber (31) to lengthy prison terms for engaging in a terrorist act contrary to s101.1(1) of the Criminal Code 2010 (Cth). The terrorist act involved setting fire to a Shia mosque in suburban Melbourne on 11 December 2016.
Between 18 July 2016 and 10 February 2018, Michael Ming Jinn Ho traded in the shares and options of Big Un Limited while in possession of inside information and on 14 October 2016 he communicated inside information to an associate.