Stephanie Gardiner

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

Amin Sthapit murder trial: Juror says Buddhist beliefs prevented him reaching a guilty murder verdict

Stephanie Gardiner After two weeks of evidence and hours of deliberations at the trial of a Sydney man who stabbed his girlfriend's lover to death, a juror told fellow jury members he couldn't reach a verdict because...

'Utterly obsessed' Sydney killer Yusuf Aytugrul granted sentence cut

Murder victim Sevda Bayrak (centre) pictured with her sisters Semra and Havva.

Stephanie Gardiner Yusuf Aytugrul stalked his former girlfriend for months before he stabbed her to death in her Parramatta unit. Now a legal loophole means his sentence has been cut.

Police conduct to be investigated after man's death in northern NSW

Stephanie Gardiner Police will investigate their own conduct after a body believed to be that of a missing man was found in bushland in northern NSW.

Comrie Cullen's murder shines a light on domestic violence

Comrie Cullen was murdered by her estranged husband Christopher Cullen despite an AVO against him and the efforts of friends and family to intervene.

Stephanie Gardiner The murder of Comrie Cullen, and its similarities to the Simon Gittany case, seemed to make Australia sit up and notice domestic violence.

Christopher Cullen found guilty of his wife Comrie Cullen's stabbing murder

Victoria Comrie Cullen was murdered by her husband Christopher Cullen.

Stephanie Gardiner Christopher Cullen argued he had been provoked and was acting in self-defence when he slit his wife Comrie Cullen's throat. But a jury has found him guilty of her murder.

'Pogo stick' child death: grandmother tells mother boy had nowhere to turn

Scales of justice

Stephanie Gardiner The grandmother of a seven-year-old boy who died after months of neglect and abuse has told the mother of the grief felt by his siblings and that she has failed as a parent.

Daniel Christie punched after challenge to Shaun McNeil for hitting teen drug dealers: court

Kings Cross death: Daniel Christie.

Stephanie Gardiner Daniel Christie asked Shaun McNeil "What are you hitting kids for?" before punch that led to his death, court hears.

Christopher Cullen found guilty of murdering estranged wife Comrie Cullen

Victoria Comrie Cullen was found dead in the car park of the St George and Sutherland Shire Angler's Club on January 22.

Stephanie Gardiner Christopher Cullen's hopes of getting away with his wife's murder were dashed even before the jury made its decision.

Jury in murder trial sees Comrie Cullen's diary: 'He was very aggressive'

Stephanie Gardiner Extracts of notes in Comrie Cullen's handwriting have been given to the jury to consider in the final days of Christopher Cullen's murder trial

Underworld figure George Alex sentenced to 16 months' intensive corrections order for threatening ex-lover

George Alex pleaded guilty to one charge of using a carriage service to threaten to kill.

Stephanie Gardiner Underworld figure George Alex looked across the court room, flashed a smile and winked at someone in the public gallery. But he was just about to face his second legal drama in two days.

Micheal Duffy guilty of manslaughter over strangling death of Colleen Ayers after sex threesome

Stephanie Gardiner, Louise Hall Micheal John Duffy said he was "freaking out" as he watched his lover use a belt to strangle another woman with whom he had sex.

'Brutal and cruel' body-in-bag murderer William Matheson wins sentence cut

William Matheson, a cellist, was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

Stephanie Gardiner One November evening, William Matheson strangled his former girlfriend, put her body in a sports bag and dumped it in the car park of a unit block in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Now, he's won an appeal.

Christopher Cullen cries as jury shown photographs of estranged wife's body

Comrie Cullen was found with her throat cut.

Stephanie Gardiner Christopher Cullen slumped down, put his head in his hands, and wiped his eyes with tissues. At the same time the jurors at his murder trial in the NSW Supreme Court were looking at autopsy photos of...

Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz's murderer Sean King loses appeal over 25-and-a-half-year sentence

Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz.

Stephanie Gardiner Sean Lee King has lost his appeal for his 25-and-a-half year sentence for the "vicious, inhuman and unprovoked" murder of his girlfriend Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz.

$5 note leads woman to a bag of cash at The Star casino

A woman took $624,340 in notes to the exclusive Sovereign Room and asked to put it in her casino account.

Stephanie Gardiner A man and a woman arranged a meeting at the Star Casino, agreeing she would hand over a $5 note. That led to a bag of more than $600,000 in cash.

Comrie Cullen murder trial: Jury shown two fishing knives bought by Christopher Cullen

Comrie Cullen.

Stephanie Gardiner Nurse Gibson Kariuki was sleeping off a night shift, when a woman's screams woke him.

Comrie Cullen's former lover gives evidence at Christopher Cullen's trial

Comrie Cullen's body was found near the car park of a fishing club in Taren Point.

Stephanie Gardiner Comrie Cullen met Nick Baastrup at a Cronulla nightclub called Sting.

Christopher Cullen murder trial: Court hears estranged wife Victoria Comrie Cullen told police 'I had an affair'

Stephanie Gardiner Comrie Cullen's estranged husband Christopher claimed his wife's boyfriend attacked him, prompting her to admit to an affair, court hears.

Christopher Cullen murder trial told 'he had threatened to slit his wife's throat'

Christopher Cullen had threatened to kill his wife Comrie so many times it had become a joke, her boss Christina Acriuli told the court.

Stephanie Gardiner Christopher Cullen allegedly threatened to kill his wife Comrie so often that it almost became a joke.

Christopher Cullen murder trial told of 'loveless' marriage with Comrie Cullen

Stephanie Gardiner Christina Acriuli stopped mid-sentence and sobbed as she recalled the "consistently loveless" marriage of Comrie Cullen and her husband Christopher.