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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

Lawsuit after boy mauled by dogs at ACT Housing property

Michael Inman Jack Hartigan's first playdate was a milestone that turned into a nightmare when he was savaged by two American pit bull terriers. Now he is seeking compensation for the damage.

HECS-style scheme for lawsuits would improve access to justice, says Professor Stephen Parker

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker proposes a HECS-style scheme for civil lawsuits.

Michael Inman A HECS-style scheme to fund civil lawsuits could improve access to justice and instil confidence in democracy, a Canberra academic says.

Money for indigenous business allegedly stolen to pay for fast cars, property and overseas travel

Michael Inman More than $1.3 million of federal funds earmarked to kickstart Indigenous businesses was allegedly stolen to fund a lavish lifestyle of overseas travel and luxury cars.

Former Zimbabwean ambassador wins $180,000 in defamation case against freelance writer

Zimbabwean ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila, and her lawyer Jon May leave court.
The Canberra Times
Date: 10 July 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Michael Inman The former Zimbabwean ambassador won $180,000 in damages against a freelance writer who published false claims she had stripped in front of embassy staff.

Blood links accused man to massage shop robbery, court hears

Dramatic CCTV footage shows a staffer of a Civic massage store sustaining cuts to her forearm when she tried to stop a man taking cash from the store.

Michael Inman Police have used blood to link a Cook man to a robbery at a Civic massage business last month, a court has heard.

Accused arsonist suffered mental illness at time of fires: psychiatrist

Which way the scales of justice fall will depend on whether the accused is found to be guilty and if so if it is believed he was so unwell at the time that he did not know what he was doing was wrong.

Michael Inman A forensic psychiatrist says a Canberra man accused of lighting two fires during a total fire ban was suffering from a mania and psychotic symptoms at the time.

Man in Petterd Street Page standoff with police had been there to babysit: court hears


Michael Inman A Kambah man involved in a three hour standoff with police on Tuesday had been at the Page home to babysit, a court has heard.

Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector: survey

An online poll of members of the Master Builders ACT reported verbal and/or physical intimidation by the ACT branch of the CFMEU on Canberra building sites.

Michael Inman Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector, a survey of stakeholders says.

Man to stand trial for allegedly forcing vulnerable migrant in sexual servitude

The man maintained not guilty pleas to the charges.

Michael Inman A Canberra man will stand trial on allegations he forced a vulnerable migrant into sexual servitude.

Owner of maggot-infested, malnourished dog not restricted from having pets: RSPCA

The RSPCA say they found

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman "Lucky" was put down as a result of severe neglect. His owner was fined less than $500 and avoided restrictions on keeping pets.

NRMA supports ACT's zero-tolerance drug-drive regime

The unimpaired motorbike rider involved in this accident was charged with drug-driving over traces of cannabis.

Michael Inman The ACT Government and NRMA have defended the territory's drug drive laws, as the zero-tolerance regime is criticised for dragging unimpaired motorists before Canberra's courts.

ACT director of public prosecutions needs independent oversight: Jack Pappas

Jack Pappas wants an independent body to review prosecutorial decisions made by the ACT office of the DPP and costs orders introduced for those unfairly or improperly prosecuted in the Supreme Court.

Michael Inman Independent oversight of Canberra's prosecutors and a costs recovery mechanism in the ACT Supreme Court could improve the administration of justice in the capital, a veteran defence barrister says.

CFMEU urges probe into sham contracts, phoenixing and tax dodging on ACT sites

Michael Inman and Meredith Clisby The construction union has asked three government bodies to investigate sham contracting, tax dodging, and phoenixing in the ACT formwork industry.

Housekeeper injured at The Lodge exaggerates symptoms, but still wins compensation

A former housekeeper at the The Lodge will continue to receive workers' compensation.

Michael Inman A former housekeeper who hurt her back working at The Lodge will continue to receive compensation.

Canberra man acquitted of sexually assaulting step-granddaughter after three trials


Christopher Knaus, Michael Inman The man was accused of sexually assaulting the five-year-old girl while her family was visiting a dying relative.

Zero tolerance drug drive laws leads to conviction of unimpaired motorcyclist

Michael Inman An unimpaired motorcyclist has been suspended and fined for drug-driving after tests found traces of cannabis in his system from four days earlier.

Prolific Canberra armed robber sentenced to 16 years jail

The prolific armed robber has been sentenced to a further 16 years jail.

Michael Inman Armed robber already serving an 11 year sentence, gets another 16 years and ordered to pay back $30,000.

CFMEU faces $1.1 million lawsuit for alleged breaches

Michael Inman Eight Canberra union officials allegedly blockaded a northside worksite and demanded the builder sign a CFMEU approved enterprise agreement.

Canberra upskirting images edited into compilation set to music


Michael Inman A Canberra man edited upskirt images he had taken into a greatest hits video package, set to a backdrop of music.

ACT CFMEU official Anthony Vitler banned from building sites for three months

Michael Inman Vitler one of seven Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union officials from across Australia whose permit rights have been revoked.