Stephanie Gardiner

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

Murder trial told fights part of Italian culture


Stephanie Gardiner There is a bottle of homemade pasta sauce used as an alibi for the evening two Sydney brothers were stabbed to death, a rump steak to explain a bloodstain and the Italian culture to account for a...

Ebony's starvation: mother's life sentence reduced on appeal

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Stephanie Gardiner A mother who left her daughter to die from starvation has had her life sentence quashed, with the appeal court finding the case was not in the worst category of offences.

'My bubala': father's grief over murder of Jazmin-Jean

Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz

Stephanie Gardiner Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz's father came to Australia hoping for a life free of violence and persecution, like that suffered by his family who were refugees after the Holocaust.

Dean 'stressed and anxious' in months before nursing home fire

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Stephanie Gardiner In the months before he lit the fires that killed 11 people at Quakers Hill nursing home, Roger Dean told friends in his Bible study group he was gay and was worried people at his church were talking...

We saw the terror in his eyes, nursing home fire victim's daughter tells court

82-year-old Caesar Galea. Mr Galea is the seventh person to pass away following the fire at a Quakers Hill aged care facility on Friday. Emergency services responded quickly to reports a fire had broken out at the aged care facility on Hambledon Road, Quakers Hill, about 5am on Friday (18 November 2011). Supplied by NSW Police Media  Monday 21 November 2011.

Stephanie Gardiner When Caesar Galea's family saw news footage of him being wheeled into an ambulance after the Quakers Hill nursing home fire, their hearts lifted for a brief moment.

Coroner rules death of retired teacher hit by police car as misadventure

Paul Bibby, Stephanie Gardiner The death of a 79-year-old retired teacher who was hit by a police car rushing to an emergency was the result of misadventure and involved no wrongdoing by the officer involved, a coroner has found.

Physio sues after collision with players

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Stephanie Gardiner A Sydney physiotherapist who worked for Manly Rugby Union club says an onfield collision with players left her depressed, unable to care for her young child without suffering pain, and cost her 80...

Officer in fatal crash was on emergency call

Stephanie Gardiner Nefley Takacs spent her Wednesday morning at a yoga class, while her husband played bowls.

Murder conviction for punch to the jaw that ended man's life

Stephanie Gardiner, Lauren Farrow It was a spontaneous street fight between two acquaintances that left one man dead and the other convicted of murder.

Eleven killed to hide $85 drug theft

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Paul Bibby, Lisa Davies, Stephanie Gardiner For the first time prosecutors have revealed why Roger Kingsley Dean set fire to the Quakers Hill nursing home: to destroy evidence that he had stolen about 230 tablets prescribed to the residents.

Roger Dean pleads guilty to murder over nursing home fire


Lisa Davies, Stephanie Gardiner, Paul Bibby He was the aged-care nurse entrusted to treat the elderly and infirm, but instead Roger Dean started a fatal blaze and murdered 11 helpless nursing home residents.

Note passed between pair accused of murder


Stephanie Gardiner It was a note written in Italian, folded in four and passed in the dock at a murder trial. In the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, the jury at the trial of Giuseppe Di Cianni and Josephine Pintabona...

Assault sparks review of primary school security

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Stephanie Gardiner The unknown man came into Haberfield Public School, assaulted four girls in an external stairwell in an attack that lasted less than a minute, and left.

Man jailed for sex attack 22 years ago


Stephanie Gardiner Born in Hungary, she survived the Holocaust and made a life for herself in Sydney.

'Heinous' decision: man who stabbed boxing champion jailed for manslaughter

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Stephanie Gardiner Knowing that the man who had just kicked in his front door was a boxing champion, Craig Charles Pitts made the "heinous" decision to pick up a kitchen knife.

Stabbed brothers fought with their killer, court told

At about 9:30am (Thursday 7 May 2009), police from Leichhardt Local Area Command were called to a house in Goodsir Street where they discovered 56-year-old Albert Frisoli and his brother, 52-year-old Mario, had been stabbed and were deceased. 08 May 2009. Photo supplied from NSW Police. Image shows Albert Frisoli.

Stephanie Gardiner Two brothers stabbed to death in their Sydney home appeared to have struggled with their killer, a court has been told.

Man found guilty of girlfriend's death

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Stephanie Gardiner Sean Lee King says he can't remember much about the night he murdered his girlfriend, when he stomped on her and left her battered body on her mother's kitchen floor.

Mosman woman's death puts spotlight on domestic violence

Elliot Coulson and Kate Malonyay

Stephanie Gardiner, Ilya Gridneff It was the horrific end to an already terrible tale. The death of 32-year-old Mosman resident Kate Malonyay was followed a few days later by her ex-boyfriend Elliott Coulson plunging to his death...

'Just stay out of my life': texts show control over Jazmin-Jean, court told

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Stephanie Gardiner Five days before he killed his girlfriend, Sean Lee King sent her a text message saying "just stay out of my life".

Accused killer was 'full on' after smoking ice, friend tells court

Ultimo murder victim, Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz (also known as Jazmin Larter). Supplied by friends. ** Low res image be careful!!!***

Stephanie Gardiner Sean Lee King, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, would sometimes become "full on" when he smoked ice, a longtime friend has told his trial.