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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

Inmate committed suicide after asking to see mental health team

Michael Inman A Canberra inmate asked to see the mental health team on the day of his death, a court has heard.

Proposed powers to strengthen child sex offender laws under consideration

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Michael Inman The ACT Government has called for community feedback on proposed changes to laws governing child sex offenders.

Lyons man who attacked possum with pole escapes conviction

Michael Inman A Lyons man left food out for a possum only to bludgeon it with a pole after it came too close to his home, a court has heard.

Gwen Winchester dead, aged 78

Gwen Winchester leaves a court hearing into David Eastman's conviction in 2004.

Michael Inman The widow of slain ACT police chief Colin Winchester has been remembered for her dignity and courage through adversity.

Former basketballer turned drug addict Janna Sladic dead of overdose

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Michael Inman Two weeks ago, Janna Sladic had walked free from a Canberra court after taking strong steps towards rehabilitation. She died of a suspected heroin overdose late last week.

Staff member sacked, second quits at ACT Public Trustee as alleged $1.65 million fraud probed

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Michael Inman A staff member has been sacked and a second has quit as investigations into an alleged $1.65 million embezzlement at the ACT Public Trustee's Office continue.

Canberra jail not obliged to find prisoners work

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Michael Inman A judge has thrown out a violent offender’s bid to be given a job in Canberra jail.

Judge applauds rehabilitation of drug user who stole $16,000 from Hyperdome

Successful drug rehabilitation has earned a convicted burglar a second chance.

Michael Inman A drug user was last year given an ultimatum to get clean, or go to jail. One year on and he has been praised by a judge for his “very impressive rehabilitation”.

Fresh charges laid against Rebels bikies accused of Finks bashing

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Michael Inman Three Rebels bikies who allegedly bashed two Finks members have been charged with stealing two t-shirts.

Woman wins workers compensation for crash on way home from work

Michael Inman A Greenway mother injured in a car crash on the way home from work has won a workers compensation claim.

Bid by Indonesian teen jailed for people smuggling to have conviction quashed hits setback

Ali Yasmin served about two years of a five-year jail sentence for people smuggling.

Michael Inman An Indonesian teen jailed as an adult when he was only 14 loses case which would have allowed him to appeal his conviction.

Court upholds workers compo for contractor who had breakdown after bullying allegations

Michael Inman A Canberra court has thrown out an appeal against a workers compensation win awarded to a former Calvary hospital contractor who had a breakdown after being accused of bullying.

ACT legal fraternity holds vigil for Bali Nine pair on death row

Members of the legal profession gather in support of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Michael Inman Canberra’s legal profession observed one minute’s silence on Wednesday morning for two Australians facing the death penalty in Indonesia.

Police back move towards tougher ACT anti-bike laws

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Megan Gorrey and Michael Inman Canberra's police chief has welcomed anti-consorting laws proposed for the ACT that would give officers greater powers to clamp down on escalating bikie gang activity.

Man who raped unconscious woman sentenced to jail

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Michael Inman Court hears Canberra woman who was raped while unconscious said the crime made her want to 'rip her skin off'.

Court no-show part of Indigenous leader's refusal to recognise law

A former national Indigenous journalist did not appear in court on Monday, because he has renounced his citizenship and does not recognise the authority of the Australian court system.

Michael Inman A former national Indigenous journalist did not appear in court on Monday, a month after telling police he would not attend.

Lawsuit for botched breast reconstruction to be broadened

Michael Inman A woman who says Canberra Hospital botched her breast reconstruction has been granted permission to broaden her lawsuit against the ACT.

Court confirms $4.6m payout for man left quadriplegic after backflip went wrong

Michael Inman A Canberra court has confirmed a $4.6 million payout for a law student left quadriplegic after an accident while skylarking during a university outing.

Emergence of Canberra Comanchero chapter linked to southside shooting

Three more men with links to the Comancheros have been charged with extortion.

Michael Inman Rebels bikies fired shots at the home of a rival gang member as tensions with a newly established Canberra Comanchero chapter reach boiling point, police believe.

Police called to stop union officials entering Canberra worksite

Canberra's concrete industry has just a 10 per cent compliance with safety regulations.

Michael Inman Federal police officers were called to a Canberra worksite last year to stop union officials entering during a concrete pour.