Former professional surfer taken by a 'human shark', family says

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Updated December 13 2023 - 6:14pm, first published 4:04pm

A FORMER Newcastle man who developed an "obsession" with former professional surfer Chris Davidson said he was "trying to keep the community safe" when he launched a fatal one-punch attack outside the South West Rocks Country Club last year.

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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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