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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

Father kept loaded shotgun and drugs in home he occupied with two-year-old child

Michael Inman A Gordon man who kept a loaded shotgun, crossbow, and drugs unsecured in the home he shared with his two-year-old son has been jailed.

Pre-emptive strike to fight invitation not self-defence: judge

CCTV footage shows Cameron Lever and another man in an argument.

Michael Inman A Canberra judge has found that a pre-emptive attack in response to a challenge to fight outside is not self-defence.

Rebels bikie boasted that bashing had taught victim a lesson


Michael Inman A Rebels bikie bashed a man at Gungahlin to save face in the eyes of other gang members, court told.

Man blamed 'sex addiction' for rape of woman

Michael Inman Man told police he raped woman because he had a sex addiction and no self-control over his urges.

Serial armed robber ordered to pay back ill gotten gains

Michael Inman A prolific armed robber will be forced to pay back the thousands he looted from Canberra businesses during a one year rampage.

ACT government announces strengthened interim domestic violence orders

Attorney-General Simon Corbell: The government will make it easier for victims to extend domestic violence orders.

Michael Inman Victims of domestic violence will be able to extend interim protection orders without facing their violent partners in court, the ACT Government has announced.

Man invented abduction story to hide vehicle arson, court hears


Michael Inman A Hawker man claimed he had been abducted in a bid to avoid suspicion after torching a car, a court has heard.

Canberra jail inmates pose for pictures in cell, post to social media

Harley Stott and Anthony Catanzariti pose for the camera inside a cell at Canberra jail. The pictures were posted to social media while both men were behind bars.

Michael Inman Canberra Liberals make a fresh call for a security review at the jail after pictures of two inmates posing inside a cell were posted to social media.

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.