Maitland masseur Merv Fullford sentence hearing delayed for sexually touching clients

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Updated August 11 2023 - 4:16pm, first published 2:30pm
Maitland massage therapist Merv Fullford pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including sexual intercourse without consent, sexual touching and indecent assault relating to clients. But on Friday his sentence proceedings were delayed.
Maitland massage therapist Merv Fullford pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including sexual intercourse without consent, sexual touching and indecent assault relating to clients. But on Friday his sentence proceedings were delayed.

The sentence proceedings for a Maitland masseur who sexually touched a number of female clients during appointments at his home studio have been delayed after his barrister withdrew, citing a conflict of interest.

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Sam Rigney

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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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