Inquest into disappearance of Jayden Penno-Tompsett three years after he vanished

By Sam Rigney
Updated February 12 2021 - 3:52am, first published 3:30am
Jayden Penno-Tompsett has been missing for more than three years.

Jayden Penno-Tompsett - a Newcastle man who vanished in a remote town in northern Queensland on New Year's Eve 2017 - had a "sudden and acute decompression in his mental health", a Cairns court has heard.



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.

Get the latest Newcastle news in your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.

We care about the protection of your data. Read our Privacy Policy.