'Please don't do this to me': jury in New Lambton baby murder trial played 'distressing' triple-zero call

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By Sam Rigney
Updated July 8 2022 - 7:08am, first published July 5 2022 - 6:30am
DENIAL: Jie William Smith is on trial in Newcastle Supreme Court accused of murdering a six-month-old boy at New Lambton in 2019. Mr Smith claims the boy's mother inflicted the injuries before he accidentally dropped the boy.

THE jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering a baby at New Lambton in 2019 have been played a "distressing" triple-zero call, during which accused killer Jie William Smith can be heard wailing and repeating "please don't do this to me."

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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.