Louise Hall

Louise Hall

Louise Hall is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Jessica Silva not guilty of murder; guilty of manslaughter

Louise Hall Jessica Silva might not serve any time in jail despite being found guilty of the manslaughter of her abusive, drug-affected former partner on Mother's Day two years ago.

Jessica Silva found not guilty of murder of James Polkinghorne

Jessica Silva arrives at court with her legal team on Wednesday.

Louise Hall Jessica Silva has been found not guilty of murdering but guilty of the manslaughter of her abusive, drug-affected ex-partner on Mother’s Day two years ago.

No bail for 'ISIS member' accused of threat to behead policeman

Lamin Savage has been denied bail in the Supreme Court.

Louise Hall A man who allegedly told a police officer he was from militant group Islamic State and threatened to behead him has been denied bail in the Supreme Court.

Mother claims teacher discriminated against son by sitting him up the front

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Louise Hall A mother of a year 5 student complained to the Anti-Discrimination Board because his teacher made him sit up the front of the classroom and referred him to ESL classes.

Facebook posts on Vegas poker trip lead to $340,000 defamation payout for Nicholas Polias

Nicholas Polias, far right, with his legal team, including Sue Chrysanthou, far left, and Bridgette Regener.

Louise Hall A poker player awarded $340,000 in damages after suing four of his friends for defamation following comments they posted on Facebook about a trip to Las Vegas has warned people to "be very careful...

Teacher wins damages for being wrongly identified as having had sex with boys

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Louise Hall A female Catholic teacher has been awarded $350,000 in damages after an article wrongly identified her as having had sex with young male students.

Murder accused says he should never have been charged as trial pulled at 11th hour

Desperate: Husband Brian Bradbury and family of murdered 52-year-old Lynette Bradbury appeal for information into her killing.

Louise Hall Lawyers for a hospital cleaner whose trial for the brutal murder of his wife was pulled at the 11th hour want his legal fees repaid by the state government, claiming the case would never had gone...

Olsens seek return of 'stolen' painting from Sotheby's

Louise Hall The adult children of celebrated Australian artist John Olsen claim a 1964 painting being sold by Sotheby’s was stolen decades ago and is rightfully theirs.

NSW police officer Bryson Anderson killing: successful finance worker's descent into mental illness led to murder

Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson was fatally stabbed during a siege at a semi-rural property.

Louise Hall Woman's descent into mental illness culminated in the murder by her son of a decorated police officer during a siege at a semi-rural property at Oakville, a court has heard.

Jessica Silva sent to best friend recording of James Polkinghorne abusing her

Jessica Silva

Louise Hall Jessica Silva made a recording of her partner James Polkinghorne abusing her and sent it to her best friend so it could be handed over to police "in case anything happens".

Latest Gina Rinehart family feud to play out in public eye

Lost a court bid against her two estranged children: Mining magnate Gina Rinehart.

Louise Hall Gina Rinehart's estranged children claim she has defrauded them of billions of dollars in mining profits and want her to repay them money they claim is rightfully theirs.

'He was coming to kill me': police interview with Jessica Silva played at her murder trial

Jessica Silva leaves court on Tuesday: A recording of an interview between police and Ms Silva was played in court.

Louise Hall In an interview with detectives in the hours after she fatally stabbed her abusive, drug-fuelled ex-partner, Jessica Silva said she thought James Polkinghorne had a gun and would kill her.

Father of murder accused Jessica Silva is haunted by stabbing victim's smile, court hears

Not guilty plea: Jessica Silva arrives at court.

Louise Hall Jessica Silva's father has broken down in court describing how he is haunted by the smile her ex-partner gave him as he was being stabbed to death in the middle of the road.

Shahnaz Qidwai's family devastated at her brutal murder, court hears

Mrs Qidwai's husband, Khalid Qidwai, with his daughters (from left) Maha, Sannah and Hana,.outside court.

Louise Hall The close-knit family of grandmother Shahnaz Qidwai have told how her brutal murder in her Sydney home at the hands of a tradesman has devastated their lives.

'I never heard a scream like it': Witnesses in Jessica Silva murder trial describe scene of death

Charged with murder: Jessica Silva arrives at the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.

Louise Hall Witnesses in the trial of Jessica Silva for the murder of her abusive, drug-affected ex-partner have described seeing the body of a man lying on a Marrickville road and a hysterical woman standing...

Accused murderer Jessica Silva hysterical in court at pictures of ex-partner's stab wounds

Jessica Silva arrives at court with her legal team on Wednesday.

Louise Hall A young mother who stabbed her abusive, drug-affected ex-partner to death became hysterical when photographs of his wounds were shown on screen during her murder trial.

Gina Rinehart children seek profits from iron ore projects including Roy Hill and Hope Downs

Gina Rinehart's lawyers said the case should not be allowed to go ahead.

Louise Hall Gina Rinehart’s two estranged children are seeking to claw back profits from the mining magnate’s major iron ore projects they say are rightfully theirs.

Truck driver shocked by overhead power line while unloading sheep awarded more than $650,000


Louise Hall A truck driver who was shocked by an overhead power line while unloading sheep from his B-double truck has been awarded more than $650,000 in damages.

Christopher Brown wins round one in Obeid expose defamation case

Louise Hall A man mistakenly identified as a business associate of disgraced former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid in the bestselling anti-corruption expose He Who Must Be Obeid has won a significant battle in...

Ngo asks High Court to quash life sentence for assassination of John Newman

Lawyer to argue incorrect legislation used: Phuong Ngo.

Louise Hall The man convicted of murdering NSW Labor MP John Newman in Australia's first political assassination is asking the court to quash his life sentence.