For its 11th Law Week event, Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University to explore Victoria’s trail-blazing approach as to how sex crimes are treated and how they are monitored through the Victorian Sexual Offences List and the Victorian Register of Sex Offenders. Professor Bronwyn Naylor will interrogate our three eminent panellists: Detective Senior Sergeant Marnie Johnstone, Sergeant Kirei Wall and Magistrate Belinda Wallington.
Bookings for this event are essential, so to avoid disappointment book your ticket now (details below). Doors open at 6 pm with the panel discussion commencing at 6.30 pm sharp.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marnie Johnstone, the Officer-in-Charge of the Serious Sex Offender Specialist Response Unit, has 24 years’ service under her belt and a strong background in investigating sexual offences. She has worked with both the Sexual Crimes Squad and the SANO Taskforce, focusing on institutional child sexual abuse. Marnie enjoys reading true crime books – Vikki Petraitis and Anne Rule are her favourite authors. She admits to having watched Law & Order: SVU on more than one occasion.
Sergeant Kirei Wall heads a team of Specialist Sex Offence Prosecutors. Over the past 17 years, Kirei has worked in frontline operational duties at St Kilda Police Station, including taking part in undercover operations as a street prostitute. She spent 8 years as a Crime Scene Officer before joining the Prosecutions Division in 2012. Kirei now manages a team of 15 Specialist Sex Offence Prosecutors who appear in both the Magistrates’ and Children’s courts. Her special expertise is in child pornography prosecutions, and the prosecution of rape charges in the Children’s Court. She also lectures to the Prosecutor Training Course. Outside of the police force, Kirei is a keen runner and has notched up four marathons.
Belinda Wallington, Supervising Magistrate for Sexual Offences, was a specialist criminal lawyer with Slades & Parsons prior to her appointment to the Magistrates’ Court in 2003. Based at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, she travels every couple of months to sit on the Sexual Offences List and Koori Court in Mildura. Since reading Murder in the Collective while working in a feminist collective at a women’s refuge, crime fiction has been one of her favourite reads. She also enjoys crime shows such as Prime Suspect, Scott & Bailey and The Bridge. She likes her protagonists sassy but flawed.
Bronwyn Naylor is Professor of Law in the Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University. She has a Doctorate in Criminology from Cambridge University and has been teaching, researching and publishing in criminal law, corrections, regulation, and criminal justice and gender for over 20 years. She has consulted to the Victorian Law Reform Commission on various criminal law reforms. She is a fan of Scandi noir on the page and screen and enjoys modern classics-to-be such as the recent Australian novel The Dry, and the UK TV shows Broadchu. Bookings rch and Vera.
Tickets: $15 non-members / $10 Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria members/concession.
Tickets not sold prior to the event will be available at the door for $17 / $12. ‘Brothers-in-Law’ welcome.
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After event dinner: If you wish to join Sisters in Crime for dinner at 8.15 pm at the Celtic Club (opposite the Centre at 320 Queen Street), please book using the ‘After event dinner’ ticket option. Seats are limited to 70 people. There is a booking fee of $3.22 per person. Dinner will be ordered and paid for by guests on the evening at the Celtic Club.
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