'Get the money or I'll stab you': DNA link sinks armed robber Jerome Haines

By Sam Rigney
Updated June 16 2022 - 7:43am, first published 7:39am
Rutherford Hotel.

IT was just before midnight on a night in May last year when three men - all wearing hoods and face masks - climbed over a railing and walked into the Rutherford Hotel.



Sam Rigney

Court Reporter

Sam began his Newcastle Herald career as a night police reporter in 2011. He is an experienced court reporter who has won two national court reporting awards, including the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Court Reporting for his coverage of the Hunter's worst serial rapist. Before working at the Herald, Sam was a sports journalist with the Maitland Mercury where he won awards for his coverage of the Newcastle Rugby League salary cap scandal. Sam is a Novocastrian born-and-bred.

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