Boxing Day backyard stabbing: Shaun Johnson admits killing Steven O'Brien, claims excessive self-defence

By Sam Rigney
Updated October 19 2021 - 1:09am, first published 1:00am
Steven Michael O'Brien.

A MAN accused of murdering his mate over an argument about a woman at a Boxing Day backyard BBQ at Mayfield repeatedly said "I'm sorry" before he was arrested trying to push his 4WD down the street.



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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