The Boxing Butterfly

Margaret Cunneen


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ISBN: 9781925927924
Publish Date: 18/05/22
Page Count: 304

The Boxing Butterfly is a career chronicle of Margaret Cunneen SC—the boxing butterfly who turned the tables on ICAC, amidst prosecuting murderers, pedophiles and rapists—as she launches into her new chapter as a defence barrister. In her rear view mirror, Cunneen sees her trial successes—her convictions—interspersed with the flak from the ground fire of some colleagues who resented her success and were determined to stop her climb to greater heights. She regrets nothing and is totally satisfied with what she does. As Madam Crown, she empathised with the victims and their families. Now, as defence counsel she empathises with the accused she defends.

And what stories she tells! Some are gruesome and confronting, such as prosecuting the irreverent Skafs for gang rape, Robert ‘Dolly’ Dunn for pedophilia, the Butcher of Bega for unspeakable medical malpractice and the Charbaji Brothers for an ice-fuelled torture session that ended in murder. Others—especially relating to her defence clients, are filled with humanity. 

About the author:

For most of her working life, over 30 years, Margaret Cunneen SC was a Crown Prosecutor in NSW. She prosecuted many noted cases of murder, pedophilia and gang rape and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007. As a specialist in child sexual assault law, she was appointed Commissioner of the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in 2012, reporting to the Governor in 2014. Since 2019 she has been in private practise as a barrister, representing people charged with criminal offences. She has a Bachelor of Laws (UTS) and a Master of Laws (Syd). She is the mother of three adult sons and a new grandmother. She is a 4th dan black belt in taekwondo and has been training in boxing for the last 8 years.