Stephanie Gardiner

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

Judge questions security for terrorists' appeal

Stephanie Gardiner Tight security measures for the appeal of five men convicted of plotting a terrorist act have been raised in court, including the possibility of a helicopter hovering over the city centre.

Remorse by Jacobs equal to confession, court hears

 David Rixon

Stephanie Gardiner ''Sorry, sorry, sir, sorry.''

Policeman's shots 'point to his murderer'

Stephanie Gardiner Who shot Senior Constable David Rixon? One of the strongest pieces of evidence to answer that question is the number of shots the Tamworth police officer fired from his own weapon, a NSW Supreme...

Bashed, beaten and left to die

Tanilla Warrick-Deaves

Stephanie Gardiner Locals saw the two-year-old girl being hit, abused and dragged along a street. A neighbour heard sounds of whipping and a child's screams ringing out.

Mother left daughter unconscious for nearly two nights: court


Stephanie Gardiner The last words Donna Deaves heard her two-year-old daughter scream were "no no no".

Police killing: accused man says he didn't fire first shot

 David Rixon

Stephanie Gardiner The man accused of shooting Tamworth police officer David Rixon was heard to tell his girlfriend he didn't fire the first shot, wished he didn't have a gun, and should have just caught a taxi home.

Jail for brothel keeper who enslaved women


Stephanie Gardiner During 17-hour shifts at a brothel, four women were ordered to perform unprotected and demeaning sex acts, put up with rough clients and work through illness and pain.

Milat appeals severity of axe murder sentence

Convicted murderer Matthew Milat being led away after being sentenced for the murder of David Auchterlonie in Sydney.

Stephanie Gardiner Matthew Milat, the great-nephew of serial killer Ivan Milat, will have the appeal against his 43-year jail sentence for the axe murder of a teenager heard in December.

Jail is no bar to threats, drug deals

Bassam Hamzy

Stephanie Gardiner ''I am at war with the officers … they are trying to break me … to starve me … they play mind games with me.''

Skating rink fall: hobbled truckie awarded $150,000

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Stephanie Gardiner A truck driver has been awarded nearly $150,000 in damages, having been left with an "old man" walk after falling down stairs while wearing ice skates at a Sydney rink.

Man blamed by accused for shooting was still in bed, court told

Stephanie Gardiner As Michael Allan Jacobs lay injured outside a block of flats in Tamworth, police heard him name Terry Price as the man who shot Senior Constable David Rixon.

Acquitted of murder: Wood sues media outlets

Gordon Wood

Stephanie Gardiner Gordon Wood, who was acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne, is suing several media outlets for defamation.

Family claps after jury's guilty verdict on killings

Stephanie Gardiner Giuseppe Di Cianni insisted the only time he left his house on May 6, 2009 was to leave a gift of a bottle of homemade pasta sauce in his yard for his friend, Josephine Pintabona, to collect.

Taxi driver banned for inviting teen to try prostitution


Stephanie Gardiner A Sydney taxi driver has been banned from working after he suggested a 17-year-old passenger should ''prostitute himself'' during a trip in the inner west.

Girlfriend killed in vicious, inhuman attack: judge

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Stephanie Gardiner Sitting slouched in the dock and wearing the same blank expression every day in court, Sean Lee King appeared unperturbed about his long history of violence.

Accused sorry he had gun, court told


Stephanie Gardiner A month after the shooting of Tamworth policeman David Rixon, the man accused of his murder was recorded saying ''I wish I hadn't have had the gun'', a court has heard.

'I wish I hadn't have had the gun': Rixon accused denies murdering officer

David Rixon

Stephanie Gardiner A month after the shooting of Tamworth policeman David Rixon, the man accused of his murder was recorded saying "I wish I hadn't have had the gun", a court has heard.

Teardrop killer had long history of violence


Stephanie Gardiner Over the course of a decade, he bashed a total stranger with a steering lock, punched his father in the head, attacked two women and assaulted his girlfriend so badly that she could not open her...

'I'm sorry I'm in this situation': murderer's remorse questioned in court

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Stephanie Gardiner Jole Ki Ray says he got two teardrops tattooed below his right eye in prison to represent the loss suffered by two families.

Teen pulled knife out before dying, court told


Stephanie Gardiner A man accused of the stabbing murder of a teenage boy at Bankstown station told him, ''I run Bankstown, I own Bankstown'', about two hours before confronting him with a large knife, a court has heard.