Stephanie Gardiner

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

James Longworth was at his 'weakest point' when he punched bouncer Fady Taiba

Stephanie Gardiner With the death of his father playing on his mind, and thoughts of his grieving mother, James Longworth said he was at the "weakest point" in his life when he punched a bouncer outside a Sydney bar.

James Longworth tells jury he 'just lashed out' at bouncer Fady Taiba

James Ian Longworth (centre), on trial for hitting bouncer Fady Taiba, leaves Downing Centre District Court.

Stephanie Gardiner James Longworth says he was "overwhelmed with sadness" about his father's death when he punched bouncer Fady Taiba at a Sydney bar.

'If anything happens to your brother, don't blame me': Cheng Jie Wang on trial for housemate's murder

Cheng Jie Wang claims he acted in self defence.

Stephanie Gardiner Cheng Jie Wang called his former girlfriend and allegedly told her: "If anything happens to your brother, don't blame me."

'I gave him a tap': James Ian Longworth on trial for one-punch assault of Fady Taiba

Victim: Fady (Fred) Taiba.

Stephanie Gardiner Standing on a strip of red carpet at the door of Bar 333 on a Friday night, the bouncer looks towards bustling George Street and ushers people inside.

Police uncover car rebirthing operation, $1 million in stolen vehicles

Police arrest a 48-year-old man as he gets off a plane at Sydney Airport over an alleged car rebirthing operation

Stephanie Gardiner Police allegedly uncovered 25 stolen cars and other vehicles worth more than $1 million at a wreckers' yard in Leppington on Thursday morning.

Westfield Parramatta killer Kazem Payam 'sorry' after stabbing Nabil Naser

Police handcuff Kazem Payam in Westfield Parramatta.

Stephanie Gardiner After fatally stabbing his wife's ex-husband in Westfield Parramatta, Kazem Payam lit a cigarette and called her to say: "I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I love you. My life is over now."

Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes' trial unfair due to 'putrid' social media: appeal told

Stephanie Gardiner "Lock the pedo up", "Innocent men don't hide out in Asia", "Hang the pedo". Those are some of the "putrid" social media posts directed at former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes, while he was awaiting...

Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes subject of 'poisonous and vile' social media: appeal

Appeal: Actor Robert Hughes during his trial.

Stephanie Gardiner The trial of former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes was not fair because he was the subject of "poisonous and vile" social media posts, the NSW appeals court has heard.

Convicted drug manufacturer to be re-sentenced due to interruption from judge

Blake Geoffrey Ellis will be re-sentenced for drug manufacture after successful appeal.

Stephanie Gardiner The note in the letterbox said: "If B talks, you're next bitch". Knowing of this threatening letter to a relative, Blake Geoffrey Ellis didn't answer questions in court, prompting an interruption...

Psychiatrist Alex Sharah, who compared lesbians to paedophiles, disqualified

Dr Alex Sharah: disqualified for at least two years.

Stephanie Gardiner Psychiatrist's transgressions included talking about abortion to the mother of a stillborn baby and blessing a Muslim woman with holy water.

Rozelle explosion: murder accused Adeel Khan knew his victims, court told

Photos of Chris Noble (far left) with his family. Mr Noble was killed in the Rozelle blast.

Stephanie Gardiner Murder accused Adeel Khan owed more than $20,000 before a fatal fire he allegedly lit.

Female genital mutilation trial: 'I do not want to go to jail at my age'

Stephanie Gardiner In a sad tone a woman says, "I do not want to go to jail at my age". The retired nurse and midwife had just found out about allegations of female genital mutilation.

Manisha Patel jailed for murdering former lover's fiancee Purvi Joshi

Manisha Patel has been jailed for a minimum 18 years for the murder of her former lover's fiancee, Purvi Joshi

Stephanie Gardiner Manisha Patel and Niraj Dave shared a single bed, bought a car, studied the same course, went on dates to restaurants and movies, and made life plans together.

Female genital mutilation trial: father asked daughter about police interview

Three people are on trial in the NSW Supreme Court over the alleged genital mutilation of two sisters.

Stephanie Gardiner Police secretly recorded a conversation between family members at the centre of a genital mutilation case.

Female genital mutilation trial: Supreme Court played account of alleged cutting

The young girl remembers simple details about a day when she watched a movie and ate a big lunch.

Stephanie Gardiner A young girl's account of alleged female genital mutilation has been played in court.

Female genital mutilation trial: Girl tells police that 'it hurt'

Legal

Stephanie Gardiner The girl talked about her love of sketching, how her little sister made her laugh, and how she liked her kind mother for packing her lunch every day.

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

Justice

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."