Louise Hall

Louise Hall

Louise Hall is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Gina Rinehart turned to Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett for help in family trust battle, court hears

Louise Hall Mining magnate Gina Rinehart asked former Olympic swimming champion Grant Hackett to convince her daughter Bianca to withdraw her nomination as trustee of the family's $5 billion trust two days...

Disgraced former Sydney Ferries boss Geoff Smith sentenced to two years' jail for misusing his corporate credit card

Geoff Smith, former Sydney Ferries boss

Louise Hall The disgraced former Sydney Ferries boss says had had "no choice" but to put hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal expenses on his corporate credit card because "I was living beyond my means".

Police officer tried to kiss suspect after failing to lay charges: court

Louise Hall Police officer allegedly failed to charge woman in order to make sexual advances towards her, court told.

Roberto Laudisio Curti case to go ahead against wishes of police lawyers

Louise Hall A magistrate has told lawyers representing four police officers in relation to the death of Brazillian student Roberto Laudisio Curti the case must go ahead this year even if it means they must...

Accused officers told to clear diaries for trial over Roberto Curti's death

Roberto Laudisio Curti

Louise Hall A magistrate has told lawyers representing four police officers in relation to the death of Brazillian student Roberto Laudisio Curti to clear their diaries so the case can go ahead this year.

Men far outnumber women in committing crime

The latest crime statistics show men and woman tend to commit different types of crime.

Louise Hall NSW criminal courts continue to be dominated by men aged in their 30s with just one in five defendants being female, new figures show.

Alexander 'Sandy' Street being sued by former mother-in-law

Alexander Street. MUST BE USED IN CONTEXT - DO NOT CROP BACKGROUND OUT. Photo from Seven Wentworth website

Louise Hall Prominent barrister Alexander "Sandy" Street is being sued by his former mother-in-law after he failed to repay more than half a million dollars she lent him when he was struggling to pay the...

Down-and-out dentistry student posed as flower deliveryman then tied up women, ransacked house


Louise Hall A former dentistry student who posed as a flower deliveryman to force his way into a Sydney home where he tied up two young women has been sentenced to at least two years' jail.

Trent Keith Wainwright to spend at least five years in jail for attack on girlfriend

Louise Hall A Sydney man who dropped a large terracotta pot on his ‘‘defenceless’’ girlfriend’s head and then stomped on her has been sentenced to at least five years' jail.

Two Keddies partners get practising certificates reinstated

Keddies Lawyer Tony Barakat.

Louise Hall Two partners of the defunct personal-injuries law firm Keddies have won an appeal against a decision to deny them practising certificates.

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

Delays in the NSW court system could be attributed to more

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

Police tape generic

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.