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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

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.

'I wouldn't have married her if I'd known she had deformed nipples': ex-husband

Michael Inman Deformed nipples “doomed” a marriage and ended a husband’s affection for his wife in 1975, a court has heard.

Liquidator appointed for Aboriginal Justice Centre

Attorney-General Simon Corbell: Aboriginal Justice Centre lacked proper financial management and reporting.

Michael Inman The Aboriginal Justice Centre has been placed in liquidation, putting Indigenous justice services in the capital on hold.

Accused killer not demented, just drunk: prosecution

Michael Inman Barristers make final submissions in Luigi Costa's trial for the alleged murder of Terrence Freebody on Mugga Way in 2012.

Domestic violence sufferers urged to develop safety plans

Michael Inman Precautions such as code words, keeping petrol in the car, and teaching children emergency phone numbers are all strategies women experiencing domestic violence should consider to increase their...

ACT leads the way on legal response to domestic violence, says Director of Public Prosecutions

Director of Public Prosecutions Jon White.

Michael Inman The territory's legal response is top-notch, but the whole community must be involved if the behaviour is to be rooted out.

Accused killer Luigi Costa's brain compromised at time of killing: expert

The Mugga Way home where Terrence Freebody was allegedly murdered.

Michael Inman The brain of accused killer Luigi Costa had been seriously compromised by dementia and alcohol when he allegedly murdered his elderly neighbour, an experts says.

Owner could not remember last time he took neglected dog to the vet


Michael Inman A Canberra dog was so badly neglected that a vet had to remove all of its teeth, a court hears.

Brain scans of accused killer showed no dementia, trial hears

The Mugga Way home where Terrence Freebody was allegedly murdered.

Michael Inman Brain scans of accused killer Luigi Costa showed no abnormalities normally associated with dementia, a court has heard.

Accused Gordon wife killer pleads not guilty to murder

The house in Gordon where a mother of three was found with critical head injuries and stab wounds in March.

Michael Inman A Gordon man has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife last month.