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Christopher Knaus is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

'Unacceptable' rehab wait robbing drug users of will to change

Christopher Knaus Resolve comes in the darkest moments for users like Mark Avis. But their will for change is being drained by "unacceptable" wait times for rehabilitation.

Canberra prisoner loses High Court challenge to legality of detention

Christopher Knaus A former Canberra prisoner has failed to convince the High Court to hear his argument that sentence administration boards don't have the power to lock someone up when they fail to show for weekend...

Teenager appears in court over two Canberra jewellery store ram-raids

The scene of a ram-raid at Gunghalin Villiage Shopping centre last month

Christopher Knaus Canberra teen formally charged over crime spree in late March including two ram-raids and four break-ins.

David Eastman tries to have Justice Anthony Whealy removed from bid to stay second murder trial

David Eastman being arrested in 1992.

Christopher Knaus David Eastman launches bid to remove the judge who will decide the fate of his second murder trial.

Canberra's Catholic school community 'saddened' for sex-text principal's victim

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Christopher Knaus Former Catholic primary school principal Michael Philpot, 58, met his young victim on Grindr.

David Eastman denied access to highly sensitive evidence before murder retrial

Historical case: David Eastman's arrest at his home.

Christopher Knaus Highly sensitive evidence that could potentially help David Eastman will remain secret and out of the reach of his lawyers.

Hume MDMA drug lab accused will fight charges in Supreme Court

Stanley Hou, left, at the ACT Magistrates Court on an earlier occasion, with lawyer Kamy Saeedi.

Christopher Knaus A Canberra man accused over a commercial-scale drug lab hidden in a Hume warehouse is set to fight the charges in the ACT Supreme Court.

'The emotional scars will remain forever', victim's mother says in Young principal child porn case


Christopher Knaus Former Catholic primary school principal avoids immediate imprisonment for child pornography charge, after mother tells court the emotional scarring will "remain forever".

Bail for Canberra man who tricked prostitute into sex


Christopher Knaus Akis Emmanouel Livas convicted because he handed the woman an envelope, promising it contained cash for the sex. But it didn't.

Luigi Costa found guilty of murdering elderly neighbour

Terrence Freebody died after being beaten and stabbed.

Christopher Knaus Luigi Costa has been found guilty of the brutal and bizarre killing of his elderly neighbour at Red Hill in 2012.

Teenage girl leads police on high-speed chase


Christopher Knaus A teenage girl who allegedly led police on a high speed pursuit in a stolen BMW has been denied bail.

Stepfather goes on trial over decades-old child molestation allegations


Christopher Knaus A Canberra man has gone on trial for allegedly molesting his stepdaughter for years, including when she came to his bed after bad dreams.

Company to be sentenced over back-breaking fall at Nishi work site

Christopher Knaus The company has pleaded guilty, and faces a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

Tara Costigan Foundation aims to transform nation by stopping family violence

A foundation is being launched in memory of Tara Costigan.

Christopher Knaus Michael Costigan is committed to setting up the Tara Costigan Foundation to fight family violence.

Alleged jewellery burglar claims shop owner was meant to pay him for break-in


Christopher Knaus Stephen Foster had no qualms admitting to taking a stash of jewellery from a Civic store. His defence? That the store owner paid him to do it.

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Thief left DNA at ram raid crime scene

Christopher Knaus A man allegedly involved in a ram raid jewellery heist left his DNA at the scene, a court has heard.

Residents angry at lack of warning about prison, say Symonston has become "dumping ground"

Inner South Canberra Community Council chair Gary Kent said residents are disappointed at the lack of consultation on a temporary full-time prison in Symonston

Christopher Knaus Residents angry at lack of notice on decision to create temporary full-time prison on their doorstep.

ACT government set to use second full-time prison to tackle overcrowding crisis

The Alexander Maconochie Centre has been under pressure since a rise in detainee numbers in 2013.

Christopher Knaus Surging inmate numbers force government to prepare a second full-time prison for use.

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Charge dropped against engineer in Catanzariti workplace death case

Christopher Knaus Prosecutors have dropped one charge against an engineer accused of safety failings in the death of construction worker Ben Catanzariti in 2012.

Daughter accused of killing mother set to face Supreme Court trial

Canberra mother Norma Woutersz was found dead in her backyard last year.

Christopher Knaus A young woman accused of killing her mother in their family home in Dunlop last year has been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.