Louise Hall

Louise Hall

Louise Hall is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Robert Xie trial - who's who

Louise Hall These are main players in the trial of Robert Xie who is accused of killing the Lin family in their home in North Epping, Sydney.

Homebirth midwife struck off health practitioner register

Struck off: Akal Kaur Khalsa, who tried to flee the country after a civil claim was made against her.

Louise Hall A midwife caught trying to flee the country after she was ordered to pay $6.6 million to a boy who developed cerebral palsy as a result of a botched home birth has been struck off the register of...

Bulli rapist's supervision order to be extended after release

Terry John Williamson leaves Silverwater jail, after serving almost 22 years of a 24-year sentence in 2012.

Louise Hall One of the state’s worst serial rapists admits he is confused about his sexuality and suffered a “breakdown” when he was released from jail on parole two years ago.

Escapee John Killick wins extradition reprieve

Court win: John Killick.

Louise Hall Septuagenarian prison escapee John Reginald Killick has won a last-minute reprieve from extradition to Queensland to serve out a sentence for an armed robbery he committed more than 30 years go.

Big surf, high winds batter Sydney coast

Photograph shows a rock fisherman during a very heavy swell inside of Botany Bay National Park this afternoon. Photograph by Dean Sewell. S.M.H. news. Taken Sunday 4th May 2014


Louise Hall Cool conditions and a strong southerly swell of as much as four metres had swimmers, boaties and rock fishers heading for dry ground on Sunday.