Mystery endures as coroner delivers open finding in farmer's poisoning death

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Updated June 13 2024 - 3:04pm, first published 12:00pm
Douglas Thrift died in December, 2018, an autopsy later revealing he had a fatal concentration of the highly-toxic strychnine in his system. An inquest in May examined the source of strychnine and how it was ingested.
Douglas Thrift died in December, 2018, an autopsy later revealing he had a fatal concentration of the highly-toxic strychnine in his system. An inquest in May examined the source of strychnine and how it was ingested.

THE mystery of how a much-loved Upper Hunter farmer and sporting legend ingested a lethal dose of strychnine will endure after a coroner said there was insufficient evidence to definitively determine his manner of death.

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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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