Louise Hall

Louise Hall

Louise Hall is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

'Aggressive policing' creating court delays, crime statistics boss says

Louise Hall A push by police to increase the number of people arrested and charged for committing crimes has lead to a backlog in the court system and an increase in the prison population, the head of the NSW...

Medical experts clash as boy injured in utero is awarded damages

Louise Hall A boy injured in a car crash while in utero more than a decade ago has been awarded $400,000 in damages after a judge found it likely his profound disabilities were caused by the accident.

'Arrogant and aggressive' motorcyclist may have killed bike rider, inquest told

Steven Jarvie, 62, died from head injuries after he fell off his bike on the Old Pacific Highway at Cowan on February 17, 2013.

Louise Hall An avid cyclist killed on a windy road popular with bike and motorcycle riders may have been deliberately run off the road by a speeding motorcyclist, an inquest has heard.

Father faces negligent driving charges over towing son on skateboard

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Louise Hall A father accused of using his car to tow his skateboard-riding son will face a hearing on charges of negligent driving and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

Raped 15 years ago, Claire McFarlane readies for her final fight

Claire McFarlane.

Louise Hall When Claire McFarlane boards her flight to France on Monday, she won't be soaking up the Parisian sun as so many of her fellow passengers will.

Peter Versi's bid to appeal sex abuse conviction goes to full bench of High Court

Prominent Mosman real estate agent Peter Versi found guilty of sexually assaulting his step daughter Amity Wood in the 1980s. Jury found guilty on two counts. Sentence today. Undated photo taken from CYCA  Yacht Club website.  Thursday 29 March 2012. Court Story by, Louise Hall.

Louise Hall A prominent Sydney property developer jailed for sexual misconduct against his young stepdaughter at their Mosman home in the 1980s is a step closer to having his conviction overturned in the High...

Tanilla's murderer Warren Ross jailed for 40 years

Warren Ross

Louise Hall A man who murdered a two-year-old girl after weeks of abuse been sentenced to 40 years in jail.

Seven and Ten networks claim victory over court ruling on programmer John Stephens

Ten's new gun ... John Stephens, former Channel Seven executive.

Louise Hall Both the Ten and Seven networks are claiming victory following a court ruling that programmer John Stephens' agreement to join Ten remains valid, although he will not be restrained from working for...

Sexual assault victim ostracised by Orthodox Jewish community, court told

Daniel Hayman

Louise Hall A victim of child sexual assault has told a court how he has been ostracised, bullied and intimidated by the Orthodox Jewish community for reporting his abuser to police.

Kidnapped student Jamie Gao feared dead

Missing student Jamie Gao.

Georgina Mitchell, Louise Hall Police say anyone who knows what happened to missing Sydney man Jamie Gao should come forward to end uncertainty for his family who are ''sick'' with worry.

Be patient: Vivid Sydney festivalgoers warned of transport glitches

Vivid Light Festival

Louise Hall Police have urged people attending Vivid Sydney to be patient following overcrowding and missed stops on trains, buses and ferries as large crowds make the most of the unseasonably warm weather.

'Kidnapped' student Jamie Gao, 20, feared dead

Missing student Jamie Gao.

Louise Hall Police fear a 20-year-old student missing for five days had "got himself in over his head" and has been kidnapped and killed.

Car wash king Anthony Sahade ordered to stop threatening neighbours

Louise Hall Relations between Crystal Car Wash owner Anthony Sahade and his neighbours on Australia's wealthiest street have hit a new low after he and his family were ordered to stop playing loud music, shining...

Joe Hockey claims Fairfax articles defamed him

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Louise Hall Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey is suing Fairfax Media for defamation over a series of articles about a fund-raising forum that offered access to the Treasurer in exchange for donations of thousands of...

Carer killed elderly man and spent money from house sale on pokies


Louise Hall A carer and gambling addict murdered an elderly man by giving him a lethal dose of morphine and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of his home on poker machines.

'Mick' Hawi's murder conviction for killing Anthony Zervas quashed


Louise Hall The only man found guilty of the murder of Anthony Zervas in a violent brawl between rival bikie gangs at Sydney Airport has had his conviction set aside and will face a retrial.

Lin family killings: trauma so severe police thought gun had been used, Robert Xie trial hears

Lian Bin

Louise Hall Louise Hall Courts The parents of slain newsagent Min Lin wanted the member of his family who was not killed to live with them and not their daughter Kathy Lin and her husband Robert Xie, a court has...

Robert Xie driven by bitterness in murdering Lin family, court hears

Lian Bin

Louise Hall, Paul Bibby Accused murderer Lian Bin "Robert" Xie was motivated by "bitterness" and a "loss of face" when he crept into the home of his brother-in-law and killed him and his family with a "hammer-like...

Case against Robert Xie for murdering Lin family like a jigsaw puzzle, court hears

Lian Bin

Louise Hall, Paul Bibby The case of murder against Robert Xie is like a jigsaw puzzle with each piece of evidence fitting together to give the whole picture, Senior Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC has told a Sydney jury.

Robert Xie and Lin family timeline

Louise Hall This is story as it unfolded leading up to the trial of Robert Xie who is accused of killing the Lin family in their home in North Epping, Sydney, in 2009.