Sam Rigney, Newcastle Herald

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Newcastle Herald

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Sam:

Kevin Smith denies murdering Daniel Pettersson at Jesmond, will face trial

Kevin George Smith, the man accused of killing Daniel Pettersson during a confrontation inside a house at Jesmond in January, has pleaded not guilty to murder and will face a trial in NSW Supreme Court. → Read More

Danielle's friend found guilty of her murder, jury still deliberating on co-accused

Carol Marie McHenry, once a close friend of Danielle Easey, has been found guilty of murder over the... → Read More

The music scene, the sexual predator and the survivors: an in-depth look at the Daniel Hanson case

It was a predator's playground, as one survivor put it, and Daniel Hanson was a skilled and manipulative... → Read More

Thousands pack into Wheeler Place live site to watch gutsy Socceroos battle Argentina

Thousands of football fans have packed into Wheeler Place to watch a gallant Socceroos team go down 2-1... → Read More

'Justice not served' after murder acquittal: baby boy's mother says

THE mother of a six-month-old baby who was killed at New Lambton in 2019 has told a court "justice has not been served" after her ex-partner was acquitted of murdering the boy and said she would never hurt her children. → Read More

Killer's mate jailed for helping dump Carly McBride's body

JAMES Anthony Cunneen, who helped dump the body of murdered mother Carly McBride and lied to police to... → Read More

Man, 19, admits act of cruelty on mob of emus in rural crime spree

A YOUNG man went on a five-month long rural crime spree, torching abandoned homes, tractors and hay bales, breaking into remote properties and stealing firearms and committing an act of cruelty on a mob of emus. → Read More

'Fear and terror': Killer Chadley Sheridan apologises to family of 16-year-old autistic boy

Chadley Sheridan, 25, did not deny killing the teenager, but had pleaded not guilty to murder and had... → Read More

Accused hitman and alleged getaway driver plead not guilty to murdering Stockton grandmother Stacey Klimovitch

AN ALLEGED hitman accused of executing Stacey Klimovitch when she answered her front door in Stockton last year and the alleged getaway driver have both pleaded not guilty to murdering the 61-year-old grandmother and well-known swimming teacher and will face a trial in NSW Supreme Court. → Read More

Justin Dilosa points finger at ex-partner, co-accused Carol McHenry over Danielle Easey's murder

JUSTIN Dilosa, accused of stabbing and beating Danielle Easey to death before dumping her body in Cockle Creek, has pinned the blame on his ex-partner and co-accused, claiming Carol McHenry told him "she had to go" and then showed him the alleged murder weapons. → Read More

Self-defence or murder? Jury to decide Broadmeadow stabbing case

Was it self-defence, the fatal consequences of "mucking around" with a knife or murder? → Read More

'He jumped up, grabbed a knife and come at me': accused killer claims

A MAN accused of murdering Christopher Ward at a unit in Broadmeadow last year claims the 56-year-old became angry about his missing drugs, picked up a knife and came towards him in the moments before the fatal confrontation. → Read More

Fatal crash investigation after man, 27, dies in horrific car crash at Tighes Hill

A man, 27, has died in a horrific car crash at Tighes Hill on Saturday night. → Read More

Maddison Hickson acquitted of murdering career criminal father Michael Carroll at Tenambit

Maddison Hickson has been acquitted of murdering her career criminal father Michael Carroll, a jury finding she was acting in self-defence when she twice stabbed him in the chest with a knife at a home at Tenambit last year. → Read More

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter over death of three-month-old baby at Hamilton South

A man accused of murdering and sexually assaulting a three-month-old girl at Hamilton South in 2020 has pleaded... → Read More

Who had the knife that killed Michael Carroll?: a crucial question for the jury

Where did the knife that killed Michael Carroll come from? → Read More

Maddison Hickson says she had 'no other choice' but to stab her father Michael Carroll

A WOMAN accused of murdering her aggressive and violent father at Tenambit last year has said she had 'no other choice' but to stab him after he came towards her with a knife during a volatile argument. → Read More

Wayne Harrington admits supplying nearly four kilograms of ice in 'significant' Hunter drug bust

A man found with nearly four kilograms of ice after a car stop at Sandgate in May last... → Read More

Woman killed her dad in 'anger', not self-defence: jury told

A YOUNG woman accused of murdering her father at Tenambit last year was acting out of "anger or frustration" and not in self-defence when she stabbed him twice in the chest, the blade piercing his heart, a jury has been told. → Read More

Murder victim Danielle Easey said she had a $25K 'bounty' on her head, jury hears

IN the weeks before she was bludgeoned and stabbed to death, her body wrapped in plastic and dumped in Cockle Creek, Danielle Easey told family members there was a $25,000 "bounty" on her head, a jury has heard. → Read More