Recent case work
Employment and Workplace disputes
"Free sex for council inspector", North Shore Times, 23 June 2011. Mr Towers provided assistance to investigators at ICAC during the investigation of corrupt conduct by officers of Willoughby City Council.
"Lawyer guilty of four email charges", SMH 11 Dec 2010
In 2010. Mr Towers provided assistance to NSW Police (NSWPOL) in relation to an unauthorised access to data, a Cybercrime offence. The assistance consisted of: evidence collection, scientific analysis and expert evidence during the trial Police v Kelly. Mr Towers has previously supported the first two successful convictions under the Commonwealth CyberCrime Act (2001).
"Dirty, Sexy money", SMH Feb 23-4, 2008 & "Government Implodes", SMH Feb 22, 2008. Mr Towers provided assistance to ICAC lawyers and investigators during the investigation of Wollongong City Council. The assistance included: scientific analysis of electronic evidence collected and the preparation of testimony for forthcoming criminal trials. Mr Towers has provided advice and assistance to ICAC lawyers on eDiscovery issues during many corruption inquiries.
Other investigations Mr Towers has provided support to include corruption inquiries into RailCorp and Sydney Water.
Fraud and Financial Investigations
R v Giourtalis In June 2011, Mr Towers provided assistance to the Court, Australian Taxation Office, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) and Counsel in the matter of R v Giourtalis. The assistance consisted of the collection and preservation of electronic evidence, advice to legal counsel, presentation of expert evidence on both policing methodology, forensic methodology and Information Technology.
Mr Towers has previously provided advice and assistance to 'Australia's biggest ever tax fraud and money laundering investigation - Operation Wickenby'.
Criminal prosecutions and defence
"Inside murder job on McGurk", Daily Telegraph 15 October 2010. Mr Towers provided assistance to investigators at NSWPOL and ICAC during the investigation of the murder of Michael McGurk. The assistance consisted of: advice on relevant sources of evidence, forensic examination and analysis of electronic evidence. The matter is yet to be heard by the court. Mr Towers has previously provided assistance to NSWPOL and New South Wales Crime Commision during the trial R v Tan, NSWSC 684 29 June 2007, in relation to the murder of Dominic Li.
Stalking & Illegal Surveillance Devices
In November 2011, the court heard allegations of stalking and the placement of illegal surveillance devices in the matter Police v Davey. Mr Towers provided assistance to investigators at NSWPOL which included: advice on electronic evidence which may assist resolve the question at hand; forensic examination of electronic devices; scientific analysis and presentation of expert evidence.
"Police raid another Sydney home", Nov 9, 2005. Mr Towers provided assistance to the court, Counsel, CDPP and Australian Federal Police during a terrorism investigation of national significance. The assistance consisted of evidence collection, processing of all electronic evidence seized in New South Wales and testimony for the trial The Queen v Baladjam and others . Mr Towers has previously provided advice and testimony during the terrorism trials The Queen v Benbrika and others and The Queen v Khazaal
Other investigations Mr Towers has provided support to include:
counter terrorist financing, people smuggling and sex slavery, import and manufacture prohibited substances (narcotics).
University of Technology, Sydney
Topic:Introduction to Computer Forensics
CPA Forensic Accounting Discussion Group
Topic:Electronic evidence tips for Forensic Accountants
Oceania Computer Audit Control Security Conference
Topic:Digital Forensics 101 workshop
Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference
Topic:The role of computer forensics in corruption detection
UNSW Global Pty Ltd
Topic:CSI CyberCrime workshop
7th National Investigators Symposium
Topic: Handling electronic evidence; Dos and Don’ts
Oceania Computer Audit Control Security Conference
Topic: Implementing a tiered model of forensic computing and investigation
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Craig Boaden, A/E.D., IPAA
Jerrod Cripps QC, Commissioner ICAC
Bruce Barbour, Ombudsman
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We help resolve legal and business questions with IT and Accounting evidence.
We specialise in the following:
Expert witness services & litigation support
Forensic investigations and audits
Data recovery & risk management
A comprehensive approach - Prior investigations experience enables the identification and collection of all relevant evidence in a manner that will satisfy subsequent tests applied in court.
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Reliable results - Over 10 years experience managing the risks associated with collecting and presenting electronic evidence in some of the countries most recognised investigations.