Rachel Olding

Rachel Olding

Rachel Olding is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Bans on smoking and poor living conditions may spark riots, bosses warned

Rachel Olding Prison bosses in NSW have been given repeated warnings that smoking bans, crammed prison cells and terrible conditions may spark a riot similar to events in Victoria.

Khaled Sharrouf's in-laws haven't ruled out sending family member to rescue wife and children

Karen Nettleton, Khaled Sharrouf's mother-in-law, at a Kurnell business where she works.

Rachel Olding The family of notorious terrorist Khaled Sharrouf have not ruled out sending a male relative to Syria to spirit the terrorist's wife and children back to Australia as their situation becomes...

Unsympathetic response to widow's plight

Karen Nettleton and her daughter Tara.

Rachel Olding Tara Nettleton, the widow of violent terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, made contact with police to discuss returning home from Syria with her five children but received an unsympathetic response,...

Khaled Sharrouf's mother-in-law Karen Nettleton's plea for safe return of her child and grandchildren

Karen Nettleton and her daughter Tara 

Image supplied by Karen Nettleton's lawyer Bianca Barry - Lawyers Central <bianca@lawyerscentral.com.au>

Karen has also authorised us to provide photos of her daughter and grandchildren.

Keyword: Khaled Sharrouf

Rachel Olding The mother-in-law of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has revealed that his wife is desperate to come home and has made the "mistake of a lifetime" by following the brutal jihadist to the Islamic State war...

Perth 'sheikh' Junaid Thorne jailed for using airline tickets under false name

The preacher has been in the headlines in the past for supporting terrorist attacks.

Rachel Olding An influential Islamic preacher has been sentenced to nine months' jail for booking and using airline tickets under a false name.

Child sex abuse royal commission: focus on child stars in entertainment industry

Paedophile Rolf Harris, a prominent entertainer, has been jailed in Britain on 12 counts of indecent assault on four female victims then aged between eight and 19.

Rachel Olding Child sex abuse within the entertainment industry is set to be exposed with the Royal Commission calling on former child stars and other industry workers to come forward with information.

Marcus Stanford, twin of Stephanie Scott murder accused Vincent Stanford arrives in Sydney

Marcus Stanford faced Central Local Court on Thursday charged in connection with the murder of Stephanie Scott.

Rachel Olding The identical twin brother of school cleaner and alleged murderer Vincent Stanford has landed in Sydney with NSW detectives and will face court on Thursday afternoon.

Heart transplant recipient finds running a positive thing

Rachel Olding A year ago, Grant Marjoribanks could barely walk more than 400 metres on a treadmill.

Counter-terrorism adviser: Abbott's IS 'death cult' label is counter-productive

Statement: A media analysis reveals Tony Abbott has used the term

Rachel Olding A counter-terrorism adviser says Tony Abbott's use of the phrase "death cult" is doing some of Islamic State's marketing for them.

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Australian Islamic State doctor: Tareq Kamleh a 'lazy doctor who flirted with patients'

Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh in the IS propaganda video.

Rachel Olding He flirted and he was lazy but there was another big flaw in Australian jihadist doctor Tareq Kamleh's character.

Australian Islamic State doctor Tareq Kamleh's sudden change after mystery trip in 2013

Tareq Kamleh, the Australian doctor who featured in an Islamic State propaganda video over the weekend.

Tammy Mills, Patrick Hatch and Rachel Olding Australian Jihadist doctor Tareq Kamleh morphed suddenly from a partying "playboy" doctor to a strict Muslim after a mysterious camping trip, former colleagues say.

Head trauma statistics back neurosurgeon's hunch

head injury

Rachel Olding It used to be a weekly occurrence for Dr Mark Winder – sitting a family down to break the news that their child had sustained a serious head injury that could be catastrophic.

Fire victim Chris Noble's parents feel for Stephanie Scott's family

Mother Liz Noble, sister Kate, brother Michael and father Ross at Chris Noble's memorial service last September.

Louise Hall and Rachel Olding Ross and Liz Noble have a unique insight into what the family of murdered school teacher Stephanie Scott will going through as the coming weeks and months bring her funeral and the police...

More prisons needed despite Kirkconnell's return

Prison bars

Rachel Olding A prison re-opened to accommodate the state's booming prisoner population will be filled several times over before its first day in operation, the latest population figures suggest.

Sydney mother Jessica Bialek found safe

Jessica Bialek had been missing since Wednesday morning.

Rachel Olding Police are scouring hotels, parks and reserves throughout Sydney as the search intensifies for a young mother who vanished from her eastern suburbs home.

Persecution pushing young Australian Muslims to the margins of society, says leader

Islamic Friendship spokesman Keysar Trad says young Muslims in Australia feel persecuted.

Rachel Olding Young Australians are joining terror groups because their "blood is boiling" at domestic persecution and international atrocities committed by the West, a Muslim leader has warned.

Woman sues podiatrist Paul Bours after 'stiletto' surgery led to amputation of toes

Lia Onorati.

Rachel Olding When Lia Onorati asked Dr Paul Bours to fix a serious case of hammer toe, she showed him a photo of the $2500 Yves Saint Laurent stiletto boots she wanted to wear.

Khaled Sharrouf's daughter, 14, marries Mohamed Elomar in Syria: claim

Rachel Olding Khaled Sharrouf's 14 year-old daughter has boasted about marrying her father's best friend, Mohamed Elomar, in Syria.

Sydney siege aftermath: Lindt Cafe reopens

The finishing touches are put on the Lindt cafe in Martin Place for its reopening, three months since the seige, in which three people died.

Rachel Olding Joel Herat, one of the 17 hostages caught in the Martin Place siege 95 days ago, has been preparing the Lindt cafe for its reopening.

Border Force Counter-Terrorism Unit ramps up efforts to detect potential jihadists trying to leave Australia

Hundreds of suspicious travellers are being stopped and questioned at Australian airports.

Rachel Olding Counter-terrorism officials at Australian airports are ramping up efforts to detect would-be jihadists attempting to slip out of the country.