Stephanie Gardiner

Stephanie Gardiner is a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald. Email or tweet her with your news tips.

Mother feared baby was a dwarf before 'bathtub murder'

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Stephanie Gardiner A Sydney woman accused of murdering her baby in a bathtub, after fearing the girl had dwarfism, told a friend "I would throw her in the bin rather than deal with all this", a court has heard.

Brother of murdered police officer Bryson Anderson tells court of shattered family lives

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Stephanie Gardiner While one woman can reach out and comfort her son, another mother will never see her youngest child again.

Christmas lights up the city

Store assistant Erica Chen puts the final touches on a Christmas tree in David Jones Market Street.

Stephanie Gardiner From November 27, the city will turn into a Christmas village, with a 20-metre high tree in Martin Place, topped with a 1.

Deborra-Lee Furness named NSW Australian of the Year

Recognition: Deborra-Lee Furness, who has been named NSW Australian of the Year.

Stephanie Gardiner Adoption campaigner and arts advocate Deborra-Lee Furness has been named the NSW Australian of the Year.

Teenager dies after taking pills at music festival

Georgina Bartter died of a suspected drug reaction.

Jacob Saulwick, Brittany Ruppert and Stephanie Gardiner Sunsoaked photographs of young, happy music fans dancing at a harbourside festival filled social media pages over the weekend.

Singing plaintiff loses court fight over police shooting

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Stephanie Gardiner It was a legal drama, involving a silver cocktail fork, a police shooting, and the Russian embassy, which soon turned courtroom musical.

NSW elective surgery waiting times remain the longest in Australia

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Stephanie Gardiner Elective surgery waiting times in NSW public hospitals remain the longest in the country, but the majority of patients are having operations sooner than they would have a year ago, a new national...

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Sydney woman passionate about Aboriginal housing wins scholarship

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Stephanie Gardiner A Sydney woman who believes a house is "not just a house, but a home", and works to give indigenous communities just that, has been awarded a scholarship to attend one of the world's leading graduate...

Riders take to the city streets for Spring Cycle

Wheel fun: Participants in the 2014 Spring Cycle.

Stephanie Gardiner With a noticeable spring in their pedals, thousands of cyclists took to Sydney's roads on sparkling Sunday to celebrate the joys of riding.

Father's sentence for shaking his baby doubled on appeal

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Stephanie Gardiner A young father jailed after he "lost control" and violently shook his six-week-old daughter in frustration will serve extra time behind bars, after the appeals court found the baby's crying did not...

Robbers steal holiday savings from elderly woman

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Stephanie Gardiner While an elderly woman watered her garden in northern NSW, a robber broke into her house and stole thousands of dollars she had been saving to take her son on holiday, police say.

Boy, 9, critical after 'terrible' truck crash

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Stephanie Gardiner A boy is in a critical condition after being hit by a small truck while riding his bike south of Sydney, with the truck driver stopping briefly before driving away, police say.

Car passenger stabs younger brother while he is driving

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Stephanie Gardiner A man has stabbed his younger brother in the arm, then slashed his tyres after the siblings started fighting in a car in Sydney's southwest, police say.

Australia well prepared to deal with Ebola virus

Stephanie Gardiner Sydney's Westmead Hospital has been conducting drills to prepare for a potential outbreak of Ebola, while the nation's health departments say they are well equipped to deal with possible cases of the...

Doctor accused of holding a pillow on 94-year-old man's face allowed to return to work

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Stephanie Gardiner A doctor accused of angrily holding a pillow over a 94-year-old patient's face, and "bullying and belittling" a colleague should be allowed to keep his job, the Industrial Relations Commission has...

'Shahnaz was my strength': husband's tribute to murdered wife

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Stephanie Gardiner General practitioner Khalid Qidwai spent three decades caring for Tony Halloun's family. Tony Halloun went on to take away the most precious thing in Dr Qidwai's life.

Tony Halloun found guilty of Shahnaz Qidwai murder

Pic of Shahnaz Qidwai (far R) and husband Dr Khalid Qidwai (second from R). Other names unavailable. Pic supplied by family.

Stephanie Gardiner A tradesman who made up a story about three armed robbers killing a grandmother during a home invasion at a Sydney mansion has been found guilty of the woman's murder.

Accused Lin family killer 'made jokes' after deaths

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Stephanie Gardiner In the hours after five of his relatives were found beaten to death, Robert Xie allegedly asked police for the keys to the family newsagency and made jokes to an officer.

Robert Xie's wife urged the Lin family accused to stay at murder scene

Kathy Lin and husband Robert Xie, outside court last month.

Stephanie Gardiner Amid frantic cries and screams to triple-0 operators in the moments after she found the beaten bodies of her extended family, Kathy Lin allegedly pleaded with her husband to stay with her, saying "I...

Train guard loses job for threatening transit officers

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Stephanie Gardiner A Sydney train station guard has lost a lengthy battle to save his job, after he was fired for trying to punch a transit officer, and yelling at other officers "you don't know who you're f**king...