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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

Higgins man allegedly bought sex toys for child in United States

Michael Inman A Higgins man allegedly bought sex toys and had them delivered to a 12-year-old girl in the United States, a court has heard.

Bikie boss locked up on drugs and fraud charges


Michael Inman A Canberra bikie boss who allowed his home to be used as a drug "warehouse" has been locked up, despite claims he'd changed his ways.

Brandis obliged to help correct miscarriage of justice, court finds

Michael Inman Attorney-General George Brandis has a duty to consider the case of an Indonesian boy wrongly locked up with adults for people-smuggling, a court says.

Canberra childcare workers to face court on assault charges

Incidents of excessive physical force were allegedly carried out at a Canberra childcare centre last year.

Michael Inman and Christopher Knaus Four Canberra childcare workers will face court over allegations of physical abuse on children as young as one.

Battle over legality of CFMEU raid wraps up, judge concerned on secret info

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman Judge concerned at being left without secret information used to justify continued police raid.

Professional standards to probe botched prosecution after police 'forgot' to show up to trial

Michael Inman Police have launched an internal investigation into a botched prosecution after three officers "forgot" to show up to give evidence at trial, causing the entire case to collapse.

Man stole $22,937 in equipment from former employer

An apprentice plumber who stole equipment from his former employer has avoided jail.

Michael Inman An apprentice plumber who stole equipment from his former employer has avoided jail.

Weekend jail and theft repayment for woman who stole $140,000 from her two employers


Michael Inman A staff member who stole more than $140,000 from two employers has been sentenced to weekend detention and ordered to repay the money.

John Lomax blackmail charge dropped as CFMEU attacks legality of police raid

Lomax with specially designed T-shirts outside the ACT Magistrates Court.

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman Blackmail charges against CFMEU organiser and former league star John Lomax have been dropped.

Lack of prison needle programs a breach of human rights and international law

Up to 58 per cent of prisoners nationally report lifetime injecting histories, according to Associate Professor Mark Stoove.

Michael Inman Health professionals have urged the ACT Government to let expert advice, not unions, decide policy for a prison needle and syringe program at Canberra jail.

Cop sacked for excessive force quietly reinstated


Michael Inman A Canberra cop sacked for excessive use of force has been quietly reinstated, despite the Federal Police fighting a costly court battle to enforce his dismissal.

Canberra police seize $10 million drug haul stashed in statue imported from China

The statue in which the drugs were concealed.

Michael Inman Canberra police have seized 10 kilograms of methamphetamine – worth about $10 million – hidden inside a statue imported from China.

More jail time for ice addict who stole televisions from hotel

Michael Inman A drug addict who stole two flat-screen televisions and linen from a Civic hotel to feed his addiction has been sentenced to an extra 10 months jail.

Canberra doctor suspended for misconduct after inappropriate relationships with patients

The doctor was suspended for professional misconduct after he admitted to inappropriate relationships with two patients.

Michael Inman A Canberra doctor threatened to share pictures of a former patient, with whom he had started an intimate relationship, during an argument

Stolen million used to buy fast cars, luxury travel, property and a dolls house

Nicholas Schofield is accused of stealing more than $1.415 million in federal funds. He has pleaded guilty to the theft of $1.01 million.

Michael Inman A Brisbane man has been locked up after admitting to the theft of $1.01 million of federal funds.

Four people charged for alleged fraud from ACT Public Trustee

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Michael Inman and Henry Belot Four people have been charged with a combined total of 110 offences related to alleged fraud of $1.65 million.

Driver who killed elderly pedestrian jailed

A man who ran down an elderly pedestrian was sentenced to four years jail.

Michael Inman Dylan Wolter had the drug ice in his system, a suspended licence, and had been speeding when he ran down an elderly pedestrian as she crossed Mawson Drive.

Resourcing the answer, not night courts: Bar Association

ACT Bar Association president Shane Gill has called on the ACT government to properly support the DPP, the Legal Aid Office, and the courts in the interests of justice.

Michael Inman Under-resourcing of the health sector is not acceptable – nor can it be acceptable when it comes to providing justice, the ACT Bar Association says.

Nine addresses, five aliases, half-a-kilogram of drugs: Drug importer gets jail sentence


Michael Inman Canberra judge sentences man to six years jail after importing drugs worth $273,000 into Canberra.

ACT DPP raises prospect of night courts to ease pressure on staff

Director of Public Prosecutions Jon White has highlighted resourcing pressures in his annual report.

Michael Inman DPP resources are under pressure with the impending introduction of a fifth judge and the listing of hearings in the Magistrates Court at the same time as Supreme Court blitz periods.