Stephanie Gardiner

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

Female genital mutilation trial: Girl describes 'little cut down there'


Stephanie Gardiner The little girl imagined she was a princess in a garden to calm her nerves before a procedure called "khatna".

Former Bega Cheese boss Maurice van Ryn sentenced to 13 years' jail

Maurice van Ryn was chief executive of the company for 15 years.

Stephanie Gardiner The pain of Maurice van Ryn's victims was clear as the details of his attacks were read out.

Former Kings Cross kingpin Bill Bayeh suffering mental disorder, court told

Bill Bayeh leaves court on Tuesday. His case is adjourned until November

Stephanie Gardiner Convicted drug dealer Bill Bayeh wants to "get better and get stronger" before he fights an accusation that he assaulted Geoffrey Edelsten's former wife Leanne Nesbitt.

Court reduces $1.6 million payout to teenager injured in drink driving crash

Stephanie Gardiner After a car accident that killed his best friend and injured three teenagers, Trent Solomons was heard to say: " I was just trying to scare them, I just went to take out a guidepost."

Dentist and former deputy mayor Andrew Istephan admits assaulting elderly patients

Stephanie Gardiner, Paul Bibby Former Hurstville deputy mayor and dentist Andrew Istephan engaged in "callous and systematic exploitation" of elderly people for extra money. Now he has pleaded guilty to more charges.

Parents of Ryan Leo bow to stranger who tried to save his life

Trisha Jarvis speaks to journalists outside the inquest into the death of Ryan Leo, who she helped.

Stephanie Gardiner The bereaved parents of Ryan Leo stood solemnly and bowed in unison. "Thank you very much madam. We will never forget you," Ben Leo told the woman who tried to save his son's life.

Michael and Wade Basanovic guilty over Sydney bikie killing of Zeljko Mitrovic

Guilty: Michael Basanovic.

Stephanie Gardiner, Patrick Begley Father and son Michael and Wade Basanovic said they went to see Zeljko "Steve" Mitrovic to make peace. But then Wade shot Mr Mitrovic dead.

'Little boy ran out in front, and bang', inquest into Ryan Leo's death told

Ryan Leo, 6, who was hit by a car at Hurstville on July 28, 2014

Stephanie Gardiner There were photos of Ryan Leo as a baby in a Santa Claus suit, as a toddler at the beach, and as a young boy laughing on his father's shoulders.

Baker Habibullah Afghan-Baig denies assaulting, groping female job seekers

Bail: Baker Habibullah Afghan-Baig.

Stephanie Gardiner In his white baker's uniform, with his head bowed, Habibullah Afghan-Baig sat accused of groping and assaulting two young women looking for work in his Sydney business.

Brian Brown walks free from bikie murder trial

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25:  Brian Mcgarvie Brown, accompanied by his barrister Winston Terracini, walks free from Darlinghurst Supreme Court after being acquitted of murdering Hells Angels senior member Zeljko

Stephanie Gardiner "Mr Brown you are free to go". With those words from Justice David Davies, Brian Mcgarvie Brown, walked out of the NSW Supreme Court a free man.

Wrongly jailed woman Roseanne Beckett awarded $2.3 million in damages

Wrongfully jailed woman Roseanne Beckett speaks to the media after winning $2.3 million in damages on August 24 2015.

Stephanie Gardiner Roseanne Beckett claims a long awaited victory on the steps of the NSW Supreme Court.

Roseanne Beckett wins $2.3 million for being wrongfully jailed

Roseanne Beckett speaks to reporters after her win. Jim McDonogh, a long-time friend and supporter is in the background.

Stephanie Gardiner Every day for more than two decades, Roseanne Beckett has woken up troubled by a difficult, lengthy court battle.

Antonio Giannasca death: John Giannasca 'debilitated' by grief after running over his father at Rookwood cemetery

John Giannasca repeatedly mistook the accelerator for the brake, a court has been told.

Stephanie Gardiner A "dedicated and supportive" son, John Giannasca went to Rookwood cemetery every week to visit his mother's grave with his father. On one visit, "extraordinary tragedy" struck.

Sydney man fails in bid to sue Mirvac for $4 million, after walking into door

A Sydney student has failed in a bid to sue Mirvac, after a judge found he walked into a glass door in Broadway shopping centre.

Stephanie Gardiner When PhD student Vangu Kitoko hit his head on a glass door in Sydney's Broadway shopping centre✓, he claimed to see a puddle of liquid on the floor. He set out to sue Mirvac for $4 million.

Hells Angels bikie Zeljko Mitrovic shot: Wade Basanovic fired in fear, court told

An artist's impression of slain bikie Zeljko Mitrovic froom 2007.

Stephanie Gardiner Seconds after Hells Angels bikie Michael Basanovic allegedly nodded at his son Wade, the younger man started firing.

Sydney siege gunman Man Monis' partner Amirah Droudis to face murder trial

Bail revoked: Amirah Droudis

Stephanie Gardiner Sydney siege gunman Man Monis's partner, Amirah Droudis, has been committed to stand trial accused of murdering Monis's ex wife, who was stabbed 18 times and set alight.

Marcela Castaneda found not guilty of manslaughter of fiance Gregory Peck

Shook violently: Marcela Castaneda.

Stephanie Gardiner, Louise Hall Marcela Castaneda has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of her fiance Gregory Peck. She successfully argued she acted in self defence when she fatally stabbed him during a fight about...

Marcela Castaneda 'scared' of fiance Gregory Peck when she stabbed him: court

So much pressure, she 'couldn't scream': Marcela Castaneda.

Stephanie Gardiner Marcela Castaneda remembers her heart beating rapidly, her hands covered in sweat, and her face getting hot as she gripped a knife.

Marcela Castaneda tells court about night she stabbed fiance

Marcela Castaneda:

Stephanie Gardiner Marcela Castaneda said she looked up the definition of "wife" and showed her fiance in the moments before their fatal argument.

Osteopath Robert Anthony John Black banned for groping women

Osteopath Robert Anthony John Black inappropriately touched women patients.

Stephanie Gardiner One patient was a 12-year-old girl being treated for "knock knees", another was a woman recovering from a car accident, and yet another was pregnant and in severe pain.