'This has AIDS in it': man admits holding up Donut King with syringe

Updated April 17 2024 - 3:59pm, first published 3:00pm

CLUTCHING a syringe filled with a red liquid and desperate for cash, Brendan Nelson leaned across the counter of Donut King at Charlestown Square and told the lone staff member "this has AIDS in it".

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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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