Articles by Sonia Hickey

Pay Your Rates, or the Council May Sell Your Home


Many are predicting that home loan interest rates will soon start rising again. The likely impact on many Australian families will be ‘mortgage stress’ – a financial burden that is set to become a big problem all around Australia, as moderate rate rises can add hundreds of dollars to monthly mortgage repayments. Those who find ...

Judge Breaks Down While Sentencing Defendant


A Victorian judge has broken down in court while sentencing a man who killed his violent brother. Victorian Supreme Court Justice, Michael Croucher, couldn’t hold back the tears as he sentenced 33-year old Shane Brown, who stabbed his 38-year ice-addicted brother to protect the rest of his family. Shane Brown killed his older brother Wayne ...

Aussie Sues Over Obese Airline Passengers


A NSW man is suing American Airlines after allegedly being ‘squashed’ during a long-haul flight from Australia to the USA. Michael Anthony Taylor, of Wollongong, is suing the airline for more than $100,000 in damages, saying he was crushed by overweight passengers next to him during a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles. He says ...

New Rules for Flying Drones


Drones are no longer just a toy for the rich and famous, nor are they something out of a futuristic spy film. These days, drones have become popular amongst a whole range of groups and agencies. NSW Police have piloted them in search and rescue operations and used them for surveillance, surf lifesaving organisations have ...

It’s Official – Sydney is Australia’s Cocaine Capital


The most extensive study into illegal drug use in Australia has found that Sydney is the nation’s cocaine capital, and that the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, is on the rise in rural areas. The research, costing more than $3 million and facilitated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), was undertaken as part ...

Prosecutors Want More Prison Time for Aussie Woman Who Killed Indonesian Policeman


New South Wales mother of two Sara Connor is on tenterhooks now that the Denpasar Prosecutions Office has announced it will lodge an appeal against her prison sentence, arguing it is manifestly inadequate. Ms Connor was sentenced to four years in prison, after being found guilty of a fatal assault on Balinese policeman Wayan Sudarsa. ...

Victoria Police Accused of North Korean Tactics


The credibility and effectiveness of Melbourne’s new night court is in question, with Victoria police accused of flouting the law and misusing the system to illegally keep a man behind bars. After being arrested and taken into custody, Kyle Stewart was scheduled to appear in Sunshine Magistrate’s Court on the 8th of March to face ...

Aussie Mum May Appeal Sentence for Killing Balinese Policeman


In case you missed the headlines: Sara Connor has been sentenced to four years in prison, while her boyfriend, David Taylor, was handed a six year sentence for killing Balinese police officer Wayan Sudarsa. The Byron Bay mother of two was found guilty of fatal assault in company. She has already been behind bars for ...

Mystery drug kills two men by cooking them from the inside


The horrendous accounts of how two men died after overdosing on a mystery drug that ‘cooked’ their bodies from the inside has NSW concerned that a new breed of deadly synthetic drug may be circulating throughout the state. Mystery drug in Newcastle The two men died in separate incidents, although they are believed to have ...

Wannabe Bieber Law Lecturer Charged with Child Sex Offences


A Queensland law lecturer who allegedly posed online as Justin Bieber has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences. Gordon Douglas Chalmers, a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, is accused of using multiple social media platforms including Facebook and Skype to impersonate the pop star and convince fans to send him ...