Articles by Sonia Hickey

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 ...

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire


Police are investigating a bizarre incident in Miami involving criminal defence lawyer whose pants caught on fire during closing submissions in an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez was representing Claudy Charles, who was accused of intentionally setting his car on fire. Courtroom drama The lawyer had just started his closing address to the jury, arguing that ...

Would You Mentor a Female Prisoner?


We have a problem in New South Wales – our female prison population has doubled over the past decade. Overcrowding in our correctional facilities is a major problem, along with the constant strain on our legal system. The latest figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) suggest there are 1,014 women in ...

Say FU2 Racism – Attitudes Towards Race in Australia


Today marks the start of ‘Face Up to Racism week’, which seems like the perfect time to look at our attitudes towards race in Australia. Since the end of the Second World War in 1945, Australia has welcomed more than 7 million immigrants. Collectively, we come from more than 300 different ancestries. The 2016 Census ...

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 ...