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A break-up, dispute about money and a fire: What led to Ewan Sams' tragic death in a backyard at Cessnock

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By Sam Rigney
Updated February 22 2022 - 2:21am, first published 2:00am
Ewan Sams

There was a bitter break-up, a dispute about money and treasured possessions burning in a fire in the backyard of a home at Cessnock before Joshua Walker Smith drove his 4WD into Ewan Sams, pinning the 36-year-old against his garage and killing him.

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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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