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Sonia Hickey

Sonia Hickey is a freelance writer, magazine journalist and owner of 'Woman with Words'. She has a strong interest in social justice, and is a member of the Sydney Criminal Lawyers® content team.

Further Charges Brought Against George Floyd’s Killer, While Justice Continues to Evade David Dungay

by Sonia Hickey & Paul Gregoire
Further charges have been laid against Derek Chauvin and the three former Minneapolis officers involved in George Floyd’s death. In the eyes of many, the conviction of Derek Chauvin last month on state charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder...

Coronial Inquest to be Held Into Fatal Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man

by Sonia Hickey
A Go Fund Me campaign has been quietly doing the rounds on social media in recent weeks to help the family of Todd McKenzie  raise funds for the National Justice Project and a Barrister to represent them at the inquest...

Jarryd Hayne Sentenced for Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey
Jarryd Hayne has been sentenced to serve a minimum term of three years and eight months behind bars after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at her Newcastle home. The once two-time Player of the Year and golden...

Senior citizen Launches Federal Court Challenge Against India Travel Ban

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 73-year old Australian man has launched urgent Federal Court proceedings, challenging the Australian Government’s travel ban which would criminalise him for returning from India. Gary Newman has been stranded in Bangalore since March 2020 when he visited friends, and...

The Offence of Using a Phone or Internet Service to Make a Threat in Australia

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A controversial plan to build a restaurant and bar on the sand at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach has attracted it’s fair share of criticism since the plan was first revealed last year. New South Wales Planning Minister Rob Stokes has...

Sexual Assault Charges Dropped Due to Unreliability of Complainant

by Sonia Hickey
The prosecution has withdrawn charges of sexual assault brought against a 34-year old man, after his criminal defence lawyers proposed to present evidence in court that the 29-year old female complainant had a tendency to seek ‘retribution’ against men she...

The Offences of Recording and Distributing Intimate Images Without Consent

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A former Liberal staff member who filmed himself masturbating on the desk of a female member of parliament has reported to police that he was the victim of revenge porn. The staff member, Nathan Winn, was terminated from his position...

Driver Who Filmed Dying Police Officer Sentenced in Court

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The man who filmed a police officer while she lay dying on the road after being hit by a truck could walk free from prison in the coming days, after receiving a backdated sentence of 10 months in prison. The...

Is it Legal to Ride a Power-Assisted Bicycle in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
On 22 January 2021, the Australian Government updated the requirements for permitted e-bikes. There are only two types of eBikes permitted on roads and road-related areas, which are power-assisted pedal cycles, and electrically power-assisted cycles. In either case, these must...

Is it Legal to Ride an eScooter in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The New South Wales government has abandoned its plan for an electric scooter trial in Sydney, despite the move across Australia towards legalising them. As a result, it continues to be illegal to ride eScooters on roads and road-related areas...
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