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Mum Samantha Palmer behind bars until January

A Sydney mother accused of repeatedly stabbing her son in her multimillion-dollar property is set to spend Christmas behind bars after a flagged bail application did not go ahead.

Samantha Palmer, 55, has been charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (domestic violence-related) after she allegedly stabbed her 22-year-old son Hugo Ball at the weekend.

Emergency services were called in the early hours of Saturday to the sprawling home at Drumalbyn Rd in ritzy Bellevue Hill, in the city’s eastern suburbs.

Police documents tendered in court and seen by on Wednesday allege Ms Palmer wounded Mr Ball in a brief window of time between 1.30am and 1.40am.

According to property reports, the home is less than one kilometre from the elite private school Scots College, attended by Mr Ball, and has views of Sydney Harbour. It last sold in 2012 for $3.15 million.

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Ms Palmer faced Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday and was listed for a bail review at Central Local Court on Wednesday.

But when asked by Magistrate Robert Williams whether he was making a “release application today?”, Ms Palmer’s barrister Nicholas Baltinos replied: “No, Your Honour.”

Earlier, Mr Baltinos had said it was “not necessary” for his client to be brought up on screen.

“I’ve got my instructing solicitor talking to her (Ms Palmer) now,” he told the court.

He asked the magistrate to make an order for the service of the brief of evidence from police.

Mr Williams did so and adjourned the case to January 20.

He formally refused bail and noted Ms Palmer would appear via video link on the next date.

Mr Baltinos told reporters outside court he would not comment in the interests of his client.


Ms Palmer was arrested at the scene on Saturday morning and taken to Waverley Police Station where she was charged later that day.

The 55-year-old, married to Mr Ball’s stepfather Jamies Tilley, was heard yelling “Jamie, Jamie, darling” and “I love you Jamie” as she was led away by officers to a paddy wagon.

“I’m the mother of this child for God’s sake,” she said.

Police said a knife was seized at the home and it was taken for forensic examination.

Mr Ball was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition and underwent surgery on Saturday after allegedly being stabbed in his upper body.

“Initially he had very low blood pressure, indicating that he’s got a significant amount of bleeding going on,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan told 9News.

“And also the locations of the wounds can certainly be fatal.”

The Daily Mail reports he had been discharged by Tuesday night and is staying at his father Ian Ball’s $5.5 million terrace in Paddington.

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Bellevue Hill mother Samantha Palmer accused of stabbing son Hugo Ball

A mother accused of stabbing her own son multiple times at their family home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs screamed “I love you” as she was escorted into the back of a police van.

Officers were called to a home on Drumalbyn Rd in Bellevue Hill just after 1.30am on Saturday where they found 22-year-old Hugo Ball suffering life-threatening injuries.

It is alleged he had been stabbed in his upper body.

He was treated at the scene before being rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition. His condition has since stabilised following surgery.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan told 9News Mr Ball had extremely low blood pressure suggesting he had lost a lot of blood

“The location of the wounds can certainly be fatal,” he said.

His 55-year-old mother Samantha Palmer was arrested at the home and taken to Waverley Police Station where she spent 13 hours before she was charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (domestic violence).

She could be heard screaming “I love you” as authorities whisked her away into the back of a police van.

“I’m the mother of this child for God’s sake,” Mr Palmer could be heard saying.

She was refused bail and will front court on Sunday.

A knife was seized from the home.

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NSW Swifts star Samantha Wallace lost her father after last year’s grand final, but his words still inspire her

She’s made quite a habit of claiming MVP awards wherever she goes, but Trinidad and Tobago shooter Samantha Wallace almost didn’t return to play Super Netball this season after her father passed away.

Wallace has claimed an impressive list of gongs in the four years since she left home to pursue a professional netball career.

First spotted on the international stage at 21 years of age, she caught the eye of coaches from all over the world with her 280-goal haul for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2015 Netball World Cup.

The next year she was off to England to play in the UK’s Superleague, where her efforts for the Hertfordshire Mavericks earned her the competition’s 2016 Player of the Season award.

Having proven to herself she was capable of playing against the best, she then headed to Australia for the inaugural season of Super Netball, eager to find a team that felt like family.

In her three years with the NSW Swifts, she’s not only made lifelong friends and established a strong support network in a country almost 17,000km from home, but she has also been the team’s MVP the last two years running.

In addition, after her starring role in the team’s 2019 grand final victory, she was named Player of the Match and in the Team of the Year.

And yet, with so much to play for, at the peak of her career, the humble shooter almost didn’t return to Australia this year.

After two strokes that left him unable to work and needing 24-hour care, Wallace’s father passed away just days after that 2019 grand final.

The 26-year-old was heartbroken and in the offseason made the “bittersweet” trip back to the Caribbean to bury her father.

Netballers may be earning a better wage these days, but Wallace had been sending the majority of hers back to her family to pay her father’s medical bills and support her little brother who had stopped working to care for him full time.

‘He motivated me the whole season’

Sam Wallace smiles at the camera as her dad sits inside a white car with a grey cap that says Heat on it
Her father’s death left Sam Wallace heartbroken.(Supplied: Sam Wallace)

Wallace’s father, Hendrickson, suffered the first of two strokes while she was playing in Australia, and despite her willingness to abandon her dream to be by his side, he encouraged her to stay abroad doing what she loved.

“I think he pushed me. He motivated me the whole [2019] season,” she said.

“As much as I wanted to go home he was like, ‘No, stay’. And that really stood out for me as unselfish.”

You hear of athletes having their superstitions and must-do routines each game day. Talking to her father became one of those for Wallace.

“I talked to him every time before a game and he would be like, ‘Where are the girls? No losing today’, which made me laugh because I can’t tell you how the game is going to go. We are going to play our best game, yeah, but I can’t guarantee a win.”

Although Wallace wishes she could keep that ritual going, she says she finds comfort in him getting to see her win the 2019 grand final.

“I talked to him after the match and he said: ‘Congrats. I’m proud of you’.”

“He was really tired of all the suffering and I feel happy that he held on … he saw that before he passed away.”

With all this pain came the question about whether it felt right to leave and head back to Australia to carry on a career in the Super Netball league.

Despite her doubts, Wallace said she made the decision again with her father in mind.

“Even the coaches said they weren’t sure if I was coming back out here because basically I’ve not had time to heal.”

“But when I sat down and thought, ‘What would your father be happy about? What would he be proud of?’ I realised he wouldn’t want to see me stay in Trinidad and suffer, doing nothing and dwelling on his death.”

Teammates a family away from home

Sam Wallace smiles at the camera standing next to three men and a woman in an outdoor setting
Samantha Wallace (left) and her family.(Supplied: Samantha Wallace)

Throughout it all, her teammates at the NSW Swifts have been by her side.

The team is made up largely of players living interstate or abroad who have had to create their own version of a family in Sydney.

Wallace especially leans on the English imports Helen Housby and Natalie Haythornthwaite, who are also her housemates.

“The family I’ve made here and the friendship make my game easier on court,” she said.

“You get up in the morning and see your teammates, then you go to training and they’re there again. We spend a lot of time together, which is really good.”

Wallace also gets support from her “Australian mum” Kirsty Lucas and the coaching staff at the club.

“A big shoutout to Kirsty. I can’t thank that lady enough,” Wallace said.

“She has four kids and when she heard the news [about my father] she dropped everything late at night to come hug me.”

Wallace will be back in action tonight against the Firebirds as the team looks to defend their 2019 title in a condensed and challenging season.

Based in Queensland, the team has done pretty well navigating the new rules involving rolling subs and the super shot, having only lost one of its four matches so far. It sits third on the ladder.

“What drove me to pick this club was that their colours were my national colours, but most of all I wanted to be comfortable and to find a family with open arms. Which I did,” Wallace said.

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Samantha Jayne on relationships, dating amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a two-fold impact on Australians romantic relationships, prompting a rise in deeper, more emotional connections as well creating more opportunity for “ghosting”, with potentially harmful impacts.

Dating and relationships expert Samantha Jayne, who has worked in the field for over 15 years, said the global pandemic had resulted in a host of interesting patterns, revealing the way single Aussies have found, or struggled to find, love in lockdown.

With a science and psychology background, Ms Jayne works with men and women to ensure they have the tools to form meaningful relationships.

Among Australian millennials, she said the COVID-19 pandemic has actually changed the way dating apps are used. Lockdowns and social distancing measures has all but put hook up culture to bed, paving the way for more meaningful emotional connections to form.

“Before the pandemic it was very much a swipe, meet, let’s get physical type thing, but that’s been prevented with lockdowns,” she said.

“I’m noticing more people using dating apps are meeting genuine people and forming more meaningful connections because they’re forced to communicate.

“My clients are finding people online who are more serious about relationships, more so than in the past where people are looking for physical things… they’re not online anymore, they’re more likely to text someone they already know than to meet someone new online.

“The success of ‘players’ is reduced because people are in lockdown.”

Ms Jayne said the pandemic had also been the catalyst for a lot of people to realise what they want, prompting many to start looking more seriously for a lasting relationship.

“People were by themselves and they realised that relationships are really important… it created a spike in people going ‘I want to meet the right person, this pandemic has made me realise what’s important’,” she said.

“There’s also been a lot of break ups of toxic relationships because people have raised their standards and said I actually want someone who has my back.”

Among her clients and on a wider scale, it appears the pandemic is having a positive impact on romantic relationships, with people more inclined to “keep it real”.

“There’s been a massive reset where all that superficial stuff doesn’t really matter as much,” she said.

“People are becoming much more concerned with how their partners make them feel, they want a sense of security.”


The other impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on Aussie singles is potentially more damaging, with lockdowns and social distancing creating the perfect environment for ‘ghosting’.

Ghosting, the term used to describe the sudden cut-off of communication without notice, can have detrimental impacts on the person ghosted, and Ms Jayne warns the uncertainty of the world could heighten the fallout.

She noted the problem was particularly apparent in places that had experienced tougher lockdowns, where rather than continue to form an emotional connection that could become physical once restrictions ease, people cut off contact without explaining to the person that they would not like to meet.

“Ghosting is a form of self-protection but it’s at the expense of the other person… being ghosted can be really serious as a trauma. It can have dire consequences making the person scared of it happening again because there’s no answers and no closure.

“It can be really harmful to a person’s self-esteem, it causes anxiety, and makes the person thing ‘what did I do wrong?’

“With the pandemic right now… humans love certainty, and there’s a lot of uncertainty around the world and that’s enough anxiety. More and more people are seeking certainty and dating can be very uncertain, so if they are suddenly ghosted, that is going to heighten anxieties.”

Sarah* from Queensland has been ghosted twice since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, resulting in heightened insecurities and anxiety.

“The pandemic made me realise I wanted something strong and stable, as I would like to start a family one day,” she said.

“So back in March and April when everything was really heating up, I was using Tinder and Hinge to try and meet someone genuine, and I started chatting to this guy.

“We spoke for a bit over a month, every day we would text, and then when it looked like restrictions were starting to ease we started planning a meeting, we were just going to go for a walk and a coffee to maintain social distancing.

“The day we were supposed to meet I sent him a text asking where I should meet him and he just didn’t respond.

“I sent him a message the next day asking for an explanation and never got a response… he kept following me on Instagram until I blocked him.”

While she said it bruised her pride, the easing of restrictions saw her return to dating applications to find someone else.

“I met this other guy and we hit it off, we were messaging on Hinge for a couple of weeks and then went out on a date,” she said.

“We saw each other a handful of times, we slept together and were texting constantly.

“Then after about a month, we were pretty much in the middle of a conversation and he just stopped replying.

“That really hurt, I felt so self-conscious and started thinking about all the things I might have done wrong to make him act that way. I was anxious enough about the world but that just brought it so much closer to home.

“It’s made me really scared to put myself back out there. I know not all men are ghosters, but I’m having a bad run.”

Ms Jayne said her advice to those who’d fallen victims to a “ghoster” amid the pandemic was the same she’d given to clients for years.

“Never rush into anything, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, take your time and work on emotional connections,” she said.

“If you have been ghosted, if your self-esteem has been impacted and you have anxiety around dating, love and nurture yourself and cut off bad behaviour early.”

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Samantha Stosur stuns Angelique Kerber to advance to Brisbane International second round


January 07, 2020 08:45:55

Samantha Stosur has lifted her Brisbane curse in fine fashion, toppling former world number one Angelique Kerber to reach the second round of her home event for just the second time in seven years.

Key points:

  • Samantha Stosur rallied back from 5-1 down in the first tie break to secure the first set, before holding on for the win
  • Victory over Angelique Kerber means Stosur secured just her second win in Brisbane in seven years
  • She will play either Madison Keys or Marie Bouzkova in the second round

The 35-year-old withstood the German’s best efforts in a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4) win built on smart serving and variety from the baseline, rallying from 5-1 down in the first set tie-break for a win she described as her best in Brisbane.

Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, has traditionally struggled on the Australian leg of the world tour but the veteran will move towards the year’s first grand slam knowing she is still capable.

“I’m very, very happy with that win … probably my first top-20 win in a little while,” the world number 99 said.

With Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty assuming the mantle of top dog, Stosur has been afforded a lower profile than previous years.

But she said the stress-free tennis played on Monday night — Stosur admitted she played like she “forgot she was down 5-1” in the tie break — was what she had always been aiming for.

“It’s probably my best win here,” she said of the defeat of the world number 20 and three-time grand slam champion.

“It’s sort of the way I want to be all the time on the court [but] I put more pressure on myself than anyone would ever do.

“Sometimes I want it a little too bad and that’s when you get hamstrung, but today I felt like I stayed relaxed and composed and did those things I want to do all the time.”

Stosur, who is on the same side of the draw as Barty, will play the winner of the match between American eighth seed Madison Keys and Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova in the second round.

Fellow Australians Ajla Tomljanovic and Priscilla Hon went toe to toe later on Monday, Tomljanovic prevailing 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Earlier Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova upset British seventh seed Johanna Konta 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to move into the second round, while fourth seed Elina Svitolina was thumped 6-1, 6-1 by American Danielle Collins.

Strycova will face American Alison Riske who defeated Czech Karolina Muchova 6-4, 6-2, while Sofia Kenin beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.









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