Articles by Sonia Hickey

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.

Fake news

Should It be a Crime to Publish Fake News?


Integrity campaigners have labelled the spread of disinformation during the recent Federal Election campaign as ‘intolerable’, and are calling for criminal laws specifically designed to deter such conduct in the future. One campaigner, former NSW supreme court justice Anthony Whealy, says falsehoods, particularly some spread via the United Australia party’s advertising, are “unacceptable”. The former …
Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual Harassment Rife Within the Legal Profession


It’s a well-publicised fact that sexual harassment is prevalent in the legal profession, and now a new survey suggests that Australia has one of the highest rates of bullying and harassment amongst law professionals in the world. Australia provided the highest number of respondents, accounting for about 13 percent of responses to the survey of …

Banker Sent to Prison for Fraud


The former banker who defrauded the NAB for $640,000 over a period of four years by exploiting its ‘introducer’ scheme has been sentenced to eight months behind bars. In 2015 Andrew Matthews was celebrated by the bank for his work ethic, winning the National Australia Bank’s internal award for the best mobile banker of the …

Teacher Who Sexually Abused Student Wins Appeal


42-year old Adelaide teacher, Sonia Mackay, has walked free after successfully appealing her sentence of imprisonment for sexually abusing a student. Last year, Ms Mackay pleaded guilty to persistent sexual abuse of a child, which is an offence under section 50 of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) (‘the Act’). The maximum penalty for …
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Man Who Mowed Down Emus Sent to Prison


A farmhand in Victoria has been sentenced to time in prison for running down a herd of emus with his ute, filming it, and posting it to Facebook. You probably saw the distressing video footage which went viral in September last year and sparked a nation-wide manhunt as people all around the country tried to …
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Renewed Calls for the Decriminalisation of Minor Offences


The Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) has heard that the increasing number of people criminalised as a result of poverty and abuse is one of the most significant problems facing the State’s prison system. The QPC was tasked last year with undertaking an inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism in the state, and has since recommended a …
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Family of Australian Woman Shot Dead by Police to Receive Record Payout


The family of Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk, who was shot and killed by a police officer, has been awarded $US20 million, about $AUD28 million, in a civil settlement with the City of Minneapolis. The settlement comes just days after former police officer Mohamed Noor was found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for …
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Woman Charged with Blackmailing Grieving Parents


It’s entirely possible that you saw and perhaps even shared the desperate pleas on social media from couple Jay and Dee Windross calling for help to find a lost mobile phone that held photos of their dying baby girl. The post has gone viral over the past few weeks, with the heartbroken couple desperate to …
Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Applications Open for Sydney Criminal Lawyers Criminal Law Scholarship


If you’re an aspiring criminal lawyer, there is a new scholarship available to assist your transition from university to a career. Sydney Criminal Lawyers, has established a scholarship to encourage aspiring criminal lawyers in New South Wales and the ACT. The scholarship, valued at $5,000 is aimed at supporting penultimate and final year law students …
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Police Officer Found Guilty of Homicide


Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over the shooting death of Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk. Mr Noor has been remanded in custody and faces up to 15 years in prison. The offences In the United States, third-degree murder is where a person causes the …