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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

ACT considers pre-sentence report for Indigenous offenders

Michael Inman Following the success of Canada's Gladue reports, ACT considers a similar system for sentencing Indigenous offenders.

Mother's Day Classic: annual walk helps fund essential research to fight breast cancer

Hayley Kennedy, Becc Eliadis, Diane Kelly encourage runners at the Mothers Day Classic Fun Run by dancing to MC Hammer's U Can't Touch This.

Michael Inman A hardy 5649 participants braved the Canberra elements to walk against cancer at the Mother's Day Classic on Sunday.

Plot to smuggle the drug Ice from Canberra to NT foiled by police bugs

Sentenced: Police found a clip-seal plastic bag containing methylamphetamine Nathan Himbert's underwear

Michael Inman One-year weekend detention for Canberra man who sewed drugs into his underwear as part of smuggling plot.

Canberra woman alleges she suffered spinal injury after a 'rough ride' in police custody

Canberra woman, Kirsty Toomey, alleges she suffered spinal injury that required surgery to fix after a

Michael Inman A Canberra woman alleges she suffered a spinal injury after a "rough ride" while in police custody on the weekend.

Commonwealth rejects Hoddle Street killer's offer to settle defence abuse lawsuit

Julian Knight is escorted by police at the Coroners Court over the Hoddle Street shootings.

Michael Inman The Commonwealth has rejected an offer from the Hoddle Street killer to settle his lawsuit over alleged abuse he suffered as a staff cadet at Duntroon.

Canberra man sewed drugs into his underwear as part of smuggling plot

A test-run of a plan to carry methylamphetamine to the Northern Territory market was described as low to mid-range offending.

Michael Inman A Canberra man sewed methylamphetamine into his underwear as part of a plan to smuggle drugs to the lucrative Northern Territory market.

Jail bashing victim in induced coma with brain injuries

Michael Inman The victim of a vicious jail bashing that left him in a critical condition has woken from a coma.

Federal Court shake up seeks feedback from profession

Michael Inman The Federal Court will do away with the traditional jurisdiction based organisation and introduce an approach focused on practice areas.

Tuggeranong is fattest and laziest Canberra district

Michael Inman Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Weston Creek residents are the unhealthiest in the ACT, but overall the territory has a better performance.

Allegations of Indigenous housing mismanagement sent for mediation


Michael Inman A civil case to fine the former directors of a Canberra indigenous housing organisation has been sent to mediation.

Man kept stun gun in room where two-year-old slept

Michael Inman A Gordon man who kept a stun gun in a room where his two-year-old slept claimed he needed it for protection from bikies.

Alexander Maconochie Centre staff intercept drugs and electronics package

The cannabis parcels allegedly destined for Canberra prison.

Michael Inman Officers have seized cannabis, ice, cigarette lighters, USB storage, a mobile phone and charger bound for inmates.

Canberra man threatened to cut his unborn child from woman's womb

Michael Inman A Canberra man with a history of domestic violence has been jailed for two years and two months for a vicious assault on his pregnant partner.

Inmate found critically injured in Canberra prison cell

Michael Inman and Megan Gorrey A Canberra jail inmate is in a critical condition after he was found injured inside a cell on Tuesday night.

Fine and suspension for driver in collision with cyclist


Michael Inman A Lyneham man who struck a cyclist with his van was himself hospitalised after a similar incident in his youth, a court has heard.

ANU Bar fined for unusable fire exit

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Michael Inman ANU Bar has been fined $3000 and publicly reprimanded for having an unusable emergency exit twice last year.

Diplomat's children put on watchlist so he cannot snatch them and flee overseas

Michael Inman The children of a former Canberra-based diplomat will be placed on airport watchlists to stop him snatching them and fleeing the country.

Tough sentence urged for jail plot to silence witnesses

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Michael Inman A Canberra judge has signaled he would impose a tough jail sentence on a child sex offender who hatched a jailhouse plot to silence two witnesses in a bid to dodge prosecution.

More jail time for inmate who bashed fellow detainee unconscious

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Michael Inman A Canberra jail inmate was bashed so badly his nose was pushed back into his skull so it only protruded a few millimetres, a court has heard.

Jury may decide on mental impairment in Costa murder trial

Michael Inman Murder decides whether accused killer is sent to jail or somewhere else.