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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.

Police Officer Appeals Conviction, In an Effort to Keep His Job

by Sonia Hickey
The Queensland Police officer who received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to illegally accessing and using information from a police database is now appealing his sentence. Senior Constable Neil Punchard was convicted after leaking a domestic violence victim’s address...

22-Year Old Woman Strip Searched In Front of Shop Window

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Twenty-two year old Teleaha Bower was with her partner last month, when she was approached by two undercover male police officers outside a pawn shop in St Mary’s and told she would be strip searched. She says the officers claimed...

Indigenous Teen Shot Dead by Police

by Sonia Hickey
The family of an Indigenous man shot by police over the weekend at a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory are still desperately trying to find out what happened to their son. 19-year old Kumanjayi Walker died after being...

Another NSW Police Officer Faces Court Over Assault Charges

by Sonia Hickey
Another senior NSW police officer is facing court accused of multiple assault offences while on duty. He has been charged with two counts of common assault and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, in relation to an incident which...

NSW Police Watchdog: No Teeth and Underfunded

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (or LECC) is already considered to be a largely ineffective police watchdog, without sufficient funds or human resources to investigate complaints. The body has no power to discipline officers, and can only recommend that...

Another Catholic Priest Guilty of Sexually Abusing Children

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Another priest is behind bars as a result of complaints received in the lead up to the 2014 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. James Joseph Cunneen has been found guilty in Parramatta District Court of 10...

Bully Cops Should Remain on the Force, Police Watchdog finds

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
New South Wales police officers are increasingly acting as ‘a law unto themselves’ with an ever-increasing number of reports emerging of officers engaging in serious misconduct. Bullies in blue uniforms A recent inquiry by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC)...

When Can Police Arrest a Person, and How Much Force Can be Applied?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is investigating an incident during which police officers broke a man’s neck when they came to his house to tell him to turn his stereo down. The story of 47-year old Chris Karadaglis is...

NSW Police May be Bugging the Phones of Criminal Defence Lawyers

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The New South Wales Police Commissioner has avoided answering questions raised in Parliament about whether the New South Wales police force is using spyware to infiltrate the mobile phones and computers of criminal defence lawyers, regardless of laws which protect...

NSW Police Are Illegally Strip-Searching Children

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
She was sixteen years old and ready to enjoy the time of her life. Moments later she was naked, crying and alone with a police officer who demanded she lift up the panty liner of her underwear as part of...
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