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.

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A Small Device May Help Combat Sexual Touching on Trains


Despite the fact Japan has a relatively low crime rate, the nation’s women have long faced the problem of sexual harassment and groping in crowded peak hour trains. Around the year 2000, Japan introduced women-only carriages on trains, and while it has never been illegal for men to ride in these cars, they are simply …
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Man Sues NSW Police Force for Reputational Damage


Bill Spedding was earning a quiet living as a washing machine repairman based in Bonny Hills on the mid-New South Wales Coast, when his life suddenly changed in 2014. After responding to a work call out, he became a key ‘person of interest’ in one of the state’s largest police investigations in history: the disappearance …
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Law Firms Can Sack Lawyers who Criticise Clients


A Federal Court has ruled that a law firm was entitled to sack an employee who criticised government clients, by advocating for the rights of veterans who had suffered sexual and physical abuse. The lawyer, Gary Rumble, was dismissed in 2017 after “irritating” his boss by speaking publicly about the abuse suffered by Australian Army, …
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Convicted Child Killer and Child Sexual Offender to be Released


Having served his time and with all legal avenues to keep him in prison exhausted, a convicted child sex offender and child killer will soon be released. New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman has been in the midst of an extraordinary legal battle over recent months to keep 68-year old Michael Anthony Guider behind …
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NSW Police Officer Charged with Sexual Assault


A 22-year old Sydney Police officer has been accused of raping one woman and groping another in separate incidents that are alleged to have occurred last year. The probationary constable was arrested at Granville Police Station following an investigation by the Professional Standards Command (PSC) over alleged incidents in July and December 2018. PSC is …
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Popular Aussie Holiday Destination to Monitor Your Every Move


Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. And to make sure it capitalises on every tourist dollar, the local council is about sign off on a multi-million dollar big-brother like digital tracking programme to monitor every move visitors make. Big Brother in action The technology …
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Paying Cash? You Could End Up In Prison


A proposed new law would make paying more than $10,000 in cash for goods or services a criminal offence. The proposed changes were first announced in the 2018-19 budget, and a draft of the legislation, called the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019, was quietly introduced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last month, …
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Are There Situations Where a Person Who ‘Confesses’ Should Plead ‘Not Guilty’?


Tim Watkins was only 22 years old when he was left for dead by the side of Wilsons Creek Road earlier this year. He was riding his bicycle home from a mates’ house shortly after midnight on a road he often travelled. At some point, he was hit by a passing motorist, who fled the …
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Should George Pell Be Defrocked?


Child sexual abuse victims have all eyes on the Vatican, waiting for swift and decisive action by Pope Francis in the wake of George Pell’s failed appeal against his convictions. Unfortunately for them, they could be waiting for some time. The Court of Appeal’s decision to reject the Cardinal’s Pell’s appeal against his child sexual …
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George Pell’s Appeal Against Convictions for Child Sexual Abuse Fails


A majority of a panel of Supreme Court justices has rejected the appeal by George Pell against his convictions for child sexual abuse. The decision means that Mr Pell, who has already spent 24 weeks in prison, has been ordered to serve a full term of six years in prison, although he will be eligible …