G20 – Riot Plea

The client faced numerous and serious charges arising out of events that occurred during protests against the meeting of the G20 Summit in Melbourne between 17 and 19 November 2007. These charges included involvement in riots at Collins Street and at the Brawler Van police vehicle. He was also charged with reckless conduct endangering death for throwing a car tyre at police officers.

Josh Taaffe represented the client at committal and the reckless conduct endangering death charge was thrown out. Ultimately the matter resolved into a plea of guilty to two counts of riot and one count of reckless conduct endangering serious injury.

On the plea at the Melbourne County Court, the client’s personal circumstances, the fact that he had sought our counselling, that he had been very concerned about his actions, and other matters were put forward. The Court accepted that he was remorseful for his involvement in the tyre incident and the offences in general.

Ultimately the client was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment wholly suspended for two years and a fine of $2000.


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Josh has extensive experience in indictable crime including sex offences, assaults & drug matters.

As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

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