Mayfield murder accused named, detectives believe body had been there for days

By Sam Rigney
Updated July 5 2021 - 3:20am, first published 1:00am
CRIME SCENE: Specialist forensic police examine a boarding house at Mayfield on Sunday after a man's body was found inside.

DETECTIVES believe a man whose body was found at Mayfield on Saturday had been dead for about four days, as the man accused of his murder appeared in court for the first time.



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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