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Christopher Knaus

Christopher Knaus is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Molester opens new chapter in long-running legal saga

Christopher Knaus A Canberra man who "cynically and evilly" molested two sisters in his care has opened a new chapter in his long-running criminal case, appealing what he says was a crushing jail sentence imposed on...

Veteran prosecutor John Lundy on a career fighting crime in the territory

Retired deputy director of public prosecutions John Lundy.

Christopher Knaus John Lundy has seen the depths of human evil played out in this city. As he retires, the former ACT prosecutor reflects on the horrors of the crimes he's seen over two decades.

Mother of two dies after medical blunder saw doctors miss cancer

Rachael Netting died of a curable liver cancer

Christopher Knaus Tributes flow for woman killed by a cancer that was missed by doctors in a grave blunder.

Kenoss project manager accused over workplace fatality gives evidence

Christopher Knaus Kenoss project manager claims he is not "directly responsible" for truck driver's fatal electrocution, saying the man "should have followed directions".

Two children inside when bullets fired into Gowrie home, police believe

Christopher Knaus Two children were inside a Gowrie home when five bullets were fired at it in a drive-by shooting earlier this month, according to court documents.

Alcohol promoter allegedly defrauded employer of $147,000 using fake work with Canberra nightclubs and bars

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Christopher Knaus An alcohol promoter allegedly faked work with Canberra's nightclubs, bottle shops and bars to fraudulently make $147,000 of personal purchases on her corporate credit card.

Man under investigation for Gowrie shooting denied bail for allegedly stealing car


Christopher Knaus A man under investigation for a recent shooting in Gowrie is behind bars after being denied bail on charges relating to a stolen car.

Kenoss blamed electrocuted driver for own death, despite alleged safety breaches

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Christopher Knaus A company accused of serious safety breaches in the fatal electrocution of a truck driver sought to shift blame on the dead worker in an internal report into the accident.

History of negligence in fatal electrocution case

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Christopher Knaus A litany of basic safety failures allegedly led to the fatal electrocution of a driver whose tip truck hit live power lines, despite the company responsible for the site being disciplined for the...

Murder accused sought mental health help before allegedly killing mother

The accused: Gabriela Woutersz arrives at court last year in the back of a police van

Christopher Knaus A young woman tried unsuccessfully to get mental health treatment at Canberra Hospital two days before she allegedly murdered her mother in brutal fashion at their family home.

Indigenous Jervis Bay man spent month in ACT prison on flawed charges

Daniel Brown may be in line for compensation for his incarceration.

Christopher Knaus An Indigenous man from Jervis Bay was held in an ACT prison for a month before federal police realised they'd mistakenly charged him with offences alleged to have occurred past the NSW border.

Aboriginal Legal Service forced to find $3 million in savings

The Aboriginal Legal Service faces tough decisions.

Christopher Knaus Major funding cuts to the Aboriginal Legal Service could force "tough" reductions to staff and court support in the ACT and NSW, the organisation says.

Victim of spurned eHarmony lover still 'gripped by fear' after attack


Christopher Knaus Court hears victim of a gun-wielding spurned lover is 'crippled' by fear and was robbed of her innocence 'in an instant'.

Jealous boyfriend on bail for allegedly punching pregnant girlfriend's stomach is permitted to attend child's birth

Christopher Knaus He's on bail for allegedly punching his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach three times and saying "It's not even my f--ing kid". Now the court has granted him leave to attend the child's birth.

Murder case 'cries out' for secure mental health facility

Christopher Knaus Lawyers for a young woman accused of murdering her mother have lashed out at the ACT's lack of a secure mental health facility, saying their client is languishing behind bars without proper treatment.

Woman avoids jail for role in near-fatal bus interchange stabbing

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Christopher Knaus A woman who hid the knife her then-boyfriend used in a frenzied attack has avoided jail time.

Traumatised carer assaulted, trapped disabled girlfriend

Christopher Knaus A traumatised carer assaulted and trapped his disabled girlfriend in her Canberra home just months after he was convicted of threatening to kill her.

Man who aided Hughes shooter freed after sentencing for arson threat, stalking

Christopher Knaus A man who drove his shotgun-wielding friend away from a 2010 shooting is free and likely to leave Canberra after being sentenced for unrelated crimes on Monday.

Manager defends himself in worksite fatality hearing

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Christopher Knaus The manager in a fatal workplace accident case will defend himself in court, saying he once beat a case using one word and a dictionary.

New court initiative inefficient and stretching resources of DPP, Legal Aid, critics say

Christopher Knaus A new initiative aimed at easing congestion in the ACT Magistrates Court is failing to achieve efficiency and is straining the resources of prosecutors and legal aid lawyers, critics say.