Articles by Sonia Hickey

French Court Finds that Sex with Child Wasn’t Rape


In NSW, it is a crime for a person to have sexual intercourse with another who is under the age of 16-years, or 18 if there is a relationship of ‘special care’. Similar ‘age of consent’ laws apply in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. However, no such age of consent applies in ...

Top 5 Countries Where Australians Get into Trouble with the Law


Australians like to travel – nearly 9 million of us take overseas trips every year whether for business, family or pleasure. For most of us, the trip goes as planned and we arrive back home safely on Australian soil. But for others, it can be a very different story. Each year, the Department of Foreign ...

Man Fights to Live on His Own Property


As Australia grapples with a growing homelessness problem, a man in WA is fighting for the right to live on his own property. In a case currently before the courts in Western Australia, a 58-year old self-described ‘introvert’ and ‘nomad’ is fighting his local council for the right to live on his own land. The ...

Tragic Death of Teen on Bench Press


An investigation is underway into the tragic death of a teenager who was found crushed under 98 kilograms of weight. Lanky fifteen-year old Ben Shaw was at a gym in Pine Rivers, Queensland when it is believed the bar bearing the weight plates fell onto his neck. A staff member reportedly found Ben about 20 ...

Good Cop Resigns from Force


In an open letter to the Queensland Police Service (QPS), former police sergeant Rick Flori has resigned stating he has ‘lost faith’ in the culture of the force and has ‘no confidence’ in its management. The former Gold Coast officer, who had 25 years of service behind him, was suspended without pay after being accused ...

Why Aussie drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury got off ‘lightly’


Cassie Sainsbury was facing 30 years in a Colombian prison. She’s been sentenced to a maximum of six, and could be released in as little as two years and five months from now. When Sainsbury was detained in Colombia earlier this year, her fate seemed ominous. She was found with nearly 6kg of cocaine stashed ...

It’s Time to Address Mental Health in the Legal Profession


It can be an incredibly tough job: the pressure of delivering in open court every day, the burden of others’ futures in your hands, several dozen serious cases at any one time, long hours, accessibility around the clock, regular exposure to graphic images and footage, and harrowing information. Research has consistently found that lawyers are ...

Shopping Centre Giant Installs Facial Recognition Technology


Sophisticated facial recognition software, working in conjunction with your mobile phone, is tracking your every move and monitoring your every mood, each time you set foot inside a Westfield shopping centre. Tracking your movements, mood and purchases The Westfield ‘Smartscreen Network’ comprises small cameras fixed to advertising screens throughout Westfield shopping centres, which detect individual ...

Weinstein Sacked Before Any Charges Are Laid


As the Harvey Weinstein saga continues to dominate global headlines, more Hollywood actors –  both famous and not so famous – continue to come forward claiming they ‘knew’ of the movie mogul’s reputation for sexual misconduct, even if they had not themselves been victims of his unwelcome advances. But while the allegations swirl, police say ...

Good Cop Runs for Parliament


Former Queensland police sergeant and alleged whistleblower Rick Flori has announced plans to run for parliament in the upcoming Queensland state election. Mr Flori is forging ahead with plans for his future, despite the looming threat of imprisonment over allegations of misconduct while he was a member of the Gold Coast police service. Mr Flori ...