Articles by Sonia Hickey

Using Technology to Get Around Court Orders


Tracking devices placed in cars, in baby strollers and even in walking sticks. Electronic “gifts” with spyware or location apps enabled. The use of sophisticated technology to listen to telephone calls and hack into email and social media accounts. The list goes on… These contraptions may sound like they’ve come straight out in a James ...

The Real Cost of our Love Affair with Alcohol


Almost half of all homicides in Australia are alcohol-related, and more than a quarter of Australians report being affected by alcohol-fuelled violence. These statistics and a wealth of research leaves little doubt that our love affair with alcohol is a particularly toxic one – both in terms of health and social costs. Drug of choice ...

Neighbour Takes Drastic Action to Protect Privacy


Social media went into over-drive this week, with the emergence of a story about a ‘Big Hairy Greek Guy’ who cleaned his entire house while naked because his neighbours refused to install frosted windows, which would give them both some privacy. James Penlidis, who documented his personal saga on his Facebook page decided to go ...

Is there a link between the heat and violent crime?


Many of us will admit to getting a little irritable and short-tempered in the sweltering heat. But is there evidence to support a correlation between hot weather and violent crime? With temperatures soaring in Sydney, we thought we’d explore this idea. In short, the answer is yes – but it’s not as straightforward as that. ...

Should Police Have to Inform Complainants of an Alleged Offender’s Release on Bail?


The alarming statistics, the headline-grabbing media coverage, the political rhetoric, the state and federal government domestic violence initiatives… and yet another woman lies dead, the victim of a callous offender. The fatal stabbing of Gold Coast woman Teresa Bradford by her ex-partner David Bradford is a tragedy that many believe could have been prevented. When ...

Dentist Sues Over Google Review


Google reviews are a valuable way to gauge the quality and performance of a business, and those who are a cut above the rest will normally see this reflected in their rating. They are also a handy way for customers to provide valuable feedback about their experiences, whether good, bad or indifferent. But what happens ...

Bail Laws to be Toughened in Wake of Bourke Street Tragedy


As Australia mourns the victims of a senseless tragedy, the Victorian government has vowed to make the state ‘safer’. In the wake of last Friday’s Bourke Street tragedy which killed five people including a three-month-old baby boy and a 10-year-old girl, and left 30 people seriously injured, details are emerging about the life of alleged ...

Lawyer Hypnotised Clients for Sexual Gratification


A lawyer in the US has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and permanently disbarred from practising law after using hypnosis on his clients to sexually gratify himself. Attorney Michael Fine was caught in a police sting initiated by one of his clients, who felt something was terribly wrong about their meetings together. Hypnosis ...

Modern Family Star Sued By Her Own Embryos


Coming straight out of the ‘life is stranger than fiction’ files are reports that Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is being sued by her own embryos in a potentially landmark lawsuit in the US that addresses controversial issues surrounding the right to life. The story so far Forty-four year old Sophia Vergara, who plays Gloria ...

Mobile Phone Use Blamed for Rising Road Toll


Almost 1300 people died on our roads last year, making 2016 the second successive year to see a rise in the figures, after decades of decline. The increase has left many trying to figure out why. Since 1970, when the national road toll reached more than 3,000, millions of dollars have been poured into public ...