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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

Man fined $2500 for failing to take his dog to a vet

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Michael Inman A Dickson man who failed his dog to a vet after it broke its hind leg in four places has been fined $2500 for animal cruelty.

Revlon, ACT government pay out $6.6 million after men burnt in explosion

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Michael Inman Cosmetic giant Revlon and the ACT government have paid out $6.6 million to three men critically injured after an explosion at a northside medical waste disposal facility.

Drug diversion report identifies failings, government pledges to strengthen efforts

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Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman The ACT government has pledged to strengthen drug diversion efforts in the wake of a report identifying a series of failings.

Community service for Civic bashing

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Michael Inman A Canberra man who bashed and kicked a Civic reveller unconscious has been sentenced to 80 hours community service work.

Man who allegedly tried to torch car 'escaped abduction'

Michael Inman A Hawker man who allegedly tried to torch a car claims he had been abducted and took the vehicle to escape his captors, a court has heard.

David Eastman inquiry cost Legal Aid ACT $2.4 million last financial year

Michael Inman The inquiry that quashed David Eastman’s conviction for the murder of Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester cost the Legal Aid Commission $2.442 million over the last financial year.

DPP's paralegals to handle traffic matters in ACT Magistrates Court

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Michael Inman Paralegals will handle traffic matters in the ACT Magistrates Court, as the ACT Office of Director of Public Prosecutions seeks a more efficient use of its resources.

Man guilty of Macgregor cannabis grow house in underground chamber accessed by hidden door

Police found an elaborate cannabis growhouse in an underground chamber in the Macgregor house.

Michael Inman A Canberra man behind two northside cannabis grow houses hid one of the crops in a secret chamber beneath a garage.

Former Canberra Scout master Willem Scheeren first sentenced on historic sex offences after ACT closed legal loophole

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Michael Inman A former Canberra Scout master will be the first to be sentenced for historic sex offences after the ACT closed legal loophole preventing prosecution.

'Please don't pull the trigger': worker speaks of Chapman supermarket robbery

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Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman A supermarket worker tried not to panic and thought of his "little girl" as he was forced to hand over cash at gunpoint during a robbery in Chapman last year.

Violent home invader who fractured man's skull with bat sentenced to six years jail

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Michael Inman Man’s skull fractured when offender clubbed him with a baseball bat during a home invasion after a fight over shoes.

Pair to be deported to China after arrest in multi-million dollar growhouse

A Chinese man will be deported after pleading guilty to cultivating 371 cannabis plants for sale.

Michael Inman An illegal immigrant linked to a multi-million dollar cannabis crop will be deported to China to die.

Mr Fluffy fallout to hit the courts, with homeowner to sue for $2.46 million

The lawsuit, understood to be the first of its kind, is a clear signal the Mr Fluffy crisis could spill over into the ACT court system.

Michael Inman A Canberra family who unwittingly bought a Mr Fluffy home is suing the government for $2.46million in what could become a landmark case in the ACT.

Case could be suppressed after ANU posters label accused man a 'rapist'

Allegations: Posters put up around Canberra could lead to details of an upcoming trial being suppressed.

Michael Inman Posters labelling an accused man a rapist could have backfired after his lawyers apply to have his identity suppressed.

More jail for man who fled Canberra courtroom

Behind bars: A man who fled court in August after being sentenced to prison was recaptured last Friday and has now been given a longer prison sentence.

Michael Inman Canberra man who went on the run after he was sentenced to three months jail is given an extra four months by magistrate.

Canberra man plotted to kill teen witnesses: court

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Michael Inman A Canberra man allegedly asked another inmate to help him have two teenagers kidnapped and killed before they could testify against him, a court has heard.

Canberra police officer who sprayed capsicum spray towards chained dog breached standards

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Michael Inman An ACT cop who fired capsicum spray towards a tethered dog during a raid at a southside home breached professional standards, an internal probe has found.

Father, son not guilty of assault after using baseball bat, gun, cable ties

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman A father and son who used a baseball bat, unloaded gun, and cable ties against a gang of youths outside their Canberra home have been cleared by a jury after claiming self-defence.

ACT police officer guilty of accessing child porn, but acquitted of molesting boy

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Michael Inman and Christopher Knaus A decorated ACT police officer has been found guilty of accessing child pornography online, but cleared of molesting a young boy in his care and using the child to produce child exploitation material.

Getaway driver given suspended jail sentence

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Michael Inman The getaway driver in two knife-point robberies will spend no time behind bars.