Stephanie Gardiner

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

Veteran judge Acting Justice Robert Shallcross Hulme blasts court delays

Stephanie Gardiner The authors of the Magna Carta would be "crying in their graves" if they knew of the state of the NSW justice system, Supreme Court judge says.

State agrees to pay more than $4 million to wrongly jailed woman Roseanne Beckett

Stephanie Gardiner After a lengthy legal battle, the NSW government will pay wrongly jailed woman Roseanne Beckett $4 million damages for malicious prosecution

Westfield Parramatta stabber Kazem Payam most likely has PTSD, court told

Police handcuff Kazem Payam in Westfield Parramatta after the stabbing death of Nabil Naser.

Louise Hall, Stephanie Gardiner An Iraqi refugee who stabbed his wife's former husband to death in Westfield Parramatta most likely has post-traumatic stress disorder, a court has heard.

'Bitch' not defamatory judge rules in claim by terror suspect Hamdi Alqudsi's family

Stephanie Gardiner Is the word "bitch" defamatory, or is it merely offensive and inarticulate?

Paul Bennett found not guilty of possessing stolen New Zealand yacht Harlech

SImone Wright and Paul Bennett. Mr Bennett has been cleared of possessing a stolen yacht. Ms Wright was released without charge.

Stephanie Gardiner Under the cover of darkness, Paul Bennett✓ and Simone Wright✓ got on a yacht in New Zealand in "secrecy". A week later, they were arrested.

Messages between Mohamed Elomar and his wife reveal his terrorist shopping list

Fatima Elomar leaves Downing Centre courts earlier this year.

Stephanie Gardiner Among the photos of rocket launchers and bullet wounds, Australian terrorist Mohamed Elomar also sent his wife a list of things he needed in Syria, including anti-dandruff shampoo, ankle socks, and...

Fatima Elomar pleads guilty to helping husband's Islamic State fight in Syria

Stephanie Gardiner Fatima Elomar, the wife of Islamic State terrorist Mohamed Elomar, has pleaded guilty to helping his fight in Syria.

Mother, midwife and sheikh guilty in Australia's first genital mutilation trial

The former midwife has been convicted of performing the female circumcision.

Stephanie Gardiner When the little girl appeared on the courtroom television screen, Justice Peter Johnson removed his horsehair wig.

Dentist Rodger Garry Leighton guilty of indecent assaults on young girls

Rodger Leighton (right), convicted of groping girls after giving them nitrous oxide, outside court with his barrister, Andrew Miller (left).

Stephanie Gardiner Rodger Garry Leighton sexually touched young female patients after sedating them with nitrous oxide, court heard

Accused child murderer Kodi Maybir says boy was injured in wrestling move

Kodi James Maybir, left, is on trial over the death of a seven-year-old boy.

Stephanie Gardiner Kodi Maybir remembers holding the seven-year-old boy's neck in one hand, his legs in the other, and throwing the child into the air.

State to pay wrongly jailed woman Roseanne Beckett more than $4 million

Stephanie Gardiner "Don't give in and don't give up." That is Roseanne Beckett's message after she won more than $4 million for malicious prosecution.

Accused child murderer Kodi Maybir played a 'general' in boot camps for boys

Stephanie Gardiner Kodi Maybir sat with his hair neatly tied back, his hands clasped together, and spoke directly to the jury.

Drunk driver Bradley Hazelton jailed for killing mate - after 14 years on the run

Jailed ... drunk driver Bradley Hazelton, who spent 14 years on the run, arrives at the Downing Centre  on Monday, when he was jailed for at least nine months for causing the death of 20-year-old friend Dwayne Nicholson.

Stephanie Gardiner After a drunken crash that killed his friend, Bradley Hazelton went on the run, living in the bush, working in a saw mill, and sleeping in sheds and caravans.

Woman recognised her son Steven Rundell as Kings Cross sex attacker

The CCTV footage of Steven Rundell, which his mother recognised. Now he has pleaded guilty to indecent assault.

Stephanie Gardiner Steven Robert Rundell's mother saw him on the evening news and told him to call police, having recognised him as the man wanted for questioning over a sex attack in Kings Cross

Raymond Simmons shot Christopher Parfitt in the head, then ran away, court hears

Chris Parfitt, 19, was allegedly shot in the head by another teenager on Friday night.

Stephanie Gardiner A man accused of shooting his friend in the head outside a house in western Sydney allegedly threw the pistol in a bush and ran away, a court has heard.

Ex-Sydney dentist Rodger Leighton gave girls nitrous oxide, then groped them: court

 Rodger Leighton, who allegedly groped girls after giving them nitrous oxide.

Stephanie Gardiner The girl remembered the dentist giving her nitrous oxide and saying something like "Do you feel nice?"

Emma Fato avoids jail time for role in major south coast ice and cannabis ring

Emma Fato leaves Downing Centre District Court after being sentenced.

Stephanie Gardiner Emma Fato saw her unemployed father living a life of luxury on the NSW south coast. Then she became involved in his crimes.

James Longworth found guilty over one-punch assault of bouncer Fady Taiba

James Ian Longworth

Stephanie Gardiner Danielle Taiba looked at James Longworth's hands as he sat in court, picturing his clenched fists.

James Longworth found guilty over punching bouncer Fady Taiba at Bar 333

James Ian Longworth (centre), charged with hitting bouncer Fady Taiba, leaves Downing Centre District Court during his trial.

Stephanie Gardiner Bouncer George Linardos gave a single loud clap to imitate the sound of his colleague being punched in the head.

Melissa Peacock left her mother Noreen dead in bed for months, inquest hears

Melissa Peacock told police that when she found her mother dead, she shut the bedroom door and told nobody.

Stephanie Gardiner Melissa Peacock told police that when she found her elderly mother dead in bed, she shut the bedroom door and told nobody. The 'largely mummified' body was discovered months later.