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Christopher Knaus

Christopher Knaus is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Health ward was appropriate place for inmate who took life: prison boss

Christopher Knaus Prison boss says isolated health ward was appropriate place for inmate who took his own life.

Court finds owners of neglected pets do not have to pay RSPCA housing costs

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Christopher Knaus Canberra owner found guilty of neglect cost the RSPCA $24,000. But the organisation will still wear the costs.

Poor information sharing, overcrowding were problems in prison suicide, police say

An inquest into a man's death in custody at the Alexander Maconochie Centre has highlighted a number of issues with his care.

Christopher Knaus The ACT Coroner's Court has heard that an unsentenced inmate had expressed suicidal thoughts before his death.

Violent prisoner launches civil action against prison mental health worker

Inmate Isa Islam has already lost a case against the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Christopher Knaus Violent prisoner claims he was tricked by a mental health worker who pretended to be a relationship counsellor last year.

At-risk inmate moved into isolated cell, left alone before suicide

The Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Christopher Knaus Suitability of ward for at-risk prisoners to come under close scrutiny during prison death inquest.

Dangers to mafia informant 'real and compelling', Eastman judge says

Christopher Knaus A mafia informant who will provide potentially critical information in any second trial of David Eastman faces serious and dangerous retribution if his identity is revealed, a judge has said.

Fears local police positions will go as funding cuts begin to bite

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Christopher Knaus The ACT government has been urged to reinstate $15 million in savings to the territory's police force, amid growing fears that positions will be cut in coming months.

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ACTTAB fraudster likely to avoid going back to prison

Christopher Knaus A woman who siphoned $1.42 million from the ACT's betting agency is unlikely to be sent back to prison after she was forced to miss weekend detention.

David Eastman loses bid to have judge removed

David Eastman failed a bid to remove the judge from sitting on his application to stay his second trial.

Christopher Knaus David Eastman fails to force judge to stand aside from decision on whether second murder trial will go ahead.

Gungahlin jewellery store ram-raid accused pleads not guilty

The jewellery store targeted in the Gungahlin ram raid.

Christopher Knaus A man whose blood was found at the scene of a ram-raid at Gungahlin Village has pleaded not guilty to the brazen jewellery heist.

Stepfather acquitted on all counts of child sexual abuse

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Christopher Knaus A stepfather has been found not guilty of accusations he molested his stepdaughter two decades ago.

Man who defrauded tax office of $380,000 behind bars to await sentence

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Christopher Knaus A senior Airservices manager who used a series of false documents and two fake aviation companies to defraud the Tax Office of $380,000 has been locked up while he awaits sentence.

'Socially awkward' Defence worker locked up over child porn

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Christopher Knaus "Shy and socially awkward" Defence employee to spend two months behind bars for child pornography.

Public servant used government credit card at Fyshwick brothel

Christopher Knaus A public servant who used his government-issued credit card to spend thousands of dollars at a Fyshwick brothel has been convicted and fined.

Dennis Nona sentenced for sexual abuse that left 12-year-old pregnant

Sentenced: Indigenous artist Dennis Nona.

Christopher Knaus Dennis Nona's fall from grace is complete after he was sentenced to five years jail for child sexual abuse.

Long-running Mike Kelly defamation battle 'cries out for mediation', judge says

Former federal Labor MP Mike Kelly

Christopher Knaus The judge presiding over the defamation action against former Labor MP says personality-driven issues appear to be involved.

Brothers to stand trial for planning violent Mawson Club robbery

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Christopher Knaus A man is set to stand trial for allegedly handing over detailed information about the movements of a Chubb security van before it was held up outside the Mawson Club in broad daylight.

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

Mark Avis, 48, has spoken out about his experiences to try to change a system robbing addicts of the will for 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.