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Christopher Knaus

Christopher Knaus is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Bushfire litigants to cover some of NSW's costs for failed court case

Christopher Knaus A group of people who lost their legal battle with NSW over its failure to control the 2003 bushfires before they devastated the ACT have been ordered to partially cover the state government's court...

Labor club heist inside man appeals conviction

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Christopher Knaus A security guard who acted as the inside man in a $124,000 robbery of the Weston Labor Club has appealed against his conviction by a jury last year.

Gatecrasher left permanent indent in PhD student's skull

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Christopher Knaus A gatecrasher who bashed a student celebrating the completion of his PhD, smashing his glasses and leaving him permanently disfigured, has been sentenced to weekend detention for eight months.

Paedophile 'destroyed family', court told

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Christopher Knaus A victim used to produce pornography has told a court of the paranoia, anxiety and mistrust she still suffers after being betrayed by a "dearest friend".

Court gives drug dealer a chance to mend ways

Christopher Knaus A drug dealer who a judge described as ''not Mr Big of the drug world, or even Mr Slightly Large'' has been given a chance to prove he can rehabilitate.

Mental health assessment after restaurant assault

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Christopher Knaus A man who held broken glass to a staff member's neck after being refused service at a Civic restaurant will undergo urgent, court-ordered mental health checks.

Canberra lawyers Philip Walker, Peter Garrisson made senior counsel

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Christopher Knaus Two eminent ACT lawyers, described as "leaders of the Bar", have been appointed silk.

Injured bureaucrat wins compensation

Christopher Knaus A Canberra public servant who was injured in a low speed rear-end crash has won a $390,000 payout, overcoming allegations she faked the injury and was simply ''jumping on the Comcare gravy train".

No jail for man who punched taxi driver

Christopher Knaus A man who punched a taxi driver after a dispute over a fare, knocking out four of his front teeth, has avoided serving any jail time for what prosecutors described as a "vicious and unprovoked...

Monash fire accused loses latest bid for bail

Scales of Justice outside the District Court in Brisbane.

Christopher Knaus A man accused of setting fire to his ex-partner’s Monash home while on bail for serious offences linked to a 2010 shooting at the Hughes shops has lost his latest bid for release.

Injured worker's claim reinstated

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Christopher Knaus A Canberra postal worker who was injured after being thrown from a malfunctioning pallet truck in the 1990s has won a court battle that allows his compensation claim to continue 16 years later.

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Push on for more detail from court for victims

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Christopher Knaus Victim support workers are pushing for greater access to court information, as they attempt to prevent those most affected by crime from being forgotten by the justice system.

Accessory to shooting escapes further jail time

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Christopher Knaus A man will not serve further jail time over his role in helping a gunman escape the scene of a fatal shooting at Hughes Shops.

'Remarkable' rehab could save addict from jail

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Christopher Knaus An addict who tied up a dealer with telephone cable and subjected him to a prolonged assault over a drug debt has made a ‘‘quite remarkable’’ rehabilitation, a court has heard.

Call for action on legal case backlog

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Christopher Knaus New documents have exposed continuing delays in the ACT Supreme Court.

Woman critical after Barton taxi crash

The scene of a crash which left a 24-year-old taxi passenger in a critical condition on Sunday night.

Christopher Knaus A young female passenger has suffered critical injuries after a maxi taxi crashed into a car, veered off the road, and smashed into a light pole late Saturday night.

ACT not ready for bushfires

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Christopher Knaus Public watchdog identifies numerous "shortcomings" in the territory's preparedness for bushfires.

Man found guilty of helping mentally ill girlfriend kill herself

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Christopher Knaus A Canberra man has been found guilty of helping his girlfriend overdose as part of a New Year’s Day suicide pact.

Jail for men who raped drunk 16yo girl

Christopher Knaus Two men have been jailed over the rape and sexual assault of a teenage girl while she was sleeping drunk on the couch of a Griffith unit last year.

System 'failed US embassy crasher'

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Christopher Knaus The case of a man who rammed the gates of the US Embassy has again highlighted systemic failings.