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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. Sonia is the winner of the Mondaq Thought Leadership Awards, Autumn 2021.

Jarryd Hayne Fan Sues for Defamation

by Sonia Hickey
A fan of former NRL star Jarryd Hayne, Mr Mina Greiss, is suing Channel 7 after it published articles claiming he spat at Hayne’s accuser outside of the Newcastle District Courthouse after his idol was sentenced for sexual assault.  At...

Social Justice Advocate Appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW

by Sonia Hickey
Her Honour Judge Dina Yehia SC has been sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales today.  Judge Yehia has many years of experience in criminal law. She is also a tireless campaigner for social...

R Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

by Sonia Hickey
R & B Singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking women and girls.  The charges relate to his use of managers and aides to meet girls and keep them obedient – an operation...

The Offences of Human Trafficking and Procuring a Child for Sexual Activity in Australia

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse young girls.  In December 2021, Ms Maxwell was convicted of a range of offences, including: Sex trafficking,  Conspiring to...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for the Offence of Common Assault

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A male teacher from an exclusive private school in Queensland has pleaded guilty to common assault after shoving a female student in the back with his foot. On 11 October 2021, 41-year old Travis Templar was employed as a teacher...

When Will the Prosecution Pursue a Retrial in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Queensland jury has failed to read a verdict in the trial of a homosexual man accused of sexually assaulting a female friend.  The jury spent 10 hours deliberating but was discharged after being unable to reach a verdict.  The...

What is a Community Correction Order in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey
Australian bikini model Stevie Bamford has found herself in trouble with the law again, this time for credit card fraud.  The model made global headlines in 2012 after lying about being sexually assaulted by a tuktuk driver while two other...

Television Presenter Could Face Contempt of Court Charges

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The trial of Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in 2019, was due to begin in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory on Monday. But an acceptance speech by television presenter...

Victorian Government Backtracks on Promise to Decriminalise Public Intoxication

by Sonia Hickey
The government headed by Daniel Andrews in Victoria promised to decriminalise the crime of public intoxication following the tragic death of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day in 2017, but now says the offence won’t be repealed until at least next...

Children Vandalise Detention Centre After Being Subjected to ‘Cruel and Degrading’ Treatment

by Sonia Hickey
Australia’s harsh youth detention regime is in the spotlight once again this week, after reports that mistreated children in Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre in Perth damaged around 100 of the 250 cells in the facility. The conduct follows a...
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