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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

Canberra Liberals call for security review of jail

Michael Inman The Canberra Liberals have called for a review of security at Canberra’s jail amid continued breaches by prisoners.

Man in hospital with brain bleed after alleged assault with guitar in Hackett


Michael Inman A man suffered a brain bleed and facial fractures after he was allegedly struck with a guitar by his twin brother, a court has heard.

Probe launched into how sentenced prisoner updated social media on life inside Canberra jail


Michael Inman Authorities are investigating how a series of posts appeared on a sentenced prisoner's Facebook account updating friends on life behind bars.

ACT courts churn through 26 per cent more cases


Michael Inman Intensive trial periods and procedural changes significantly contributed to an increase of cases finalised in the ACT courts, the government says.

Man pleads guilty to armed home invasion in Red Hill


Michael Inman The target of a violent home invasion hid under a bed of a Red Hill home to avoid being discovered. His attacker has pleaded guilty.

Canberra trials delayed after court listing bungle

Suspected courtroom brawl

Michael Inman Twenty Canberra court trials have been delayed after a bureaucratic bungle listed them at the same time as an ACT Supreme Court blitz.

Offender rorted drug testing regime while on parole

Michael Inman A Forrest man thwarted the territory’s drug testing regime by abstaining before analysis, a court has heard.

Nine convicted for fossil fuel protest at Minerals Council office

Michael Inman Nine activists have been fined and ordered to be of good behaviour after they trespassed during a demonstration at the Canberra headquarters of a fossil fuel industry body.

One-punch attacker given suspended jail sentence

A screenshot from CCTV footage of the one-punch assault in Civic.

Michael Inman A Canberra magistrate flinched when watching footage of a one-punch assault that knocked a man unconscious outside a Civic nightclub.

CIT teacher wins compensation after he was bullied and harassed

Michael Inman A Canberra Institute of Technology teacher has won compensation after he was bullied by a supervisor, causing him to suffer depression and a skin condition.

Man escapes conviction for driving under influence of drugs after eating hemp seeds

Michael Inman A Canberra magistrate has urged ACT lawmakers to test hemp seeds to see if they could trigger drug-driving screening tests.

Inmate attacked with razor in prison gang bashing, court hears

Michael Inman A Canberra jail inmate called other prisoners "dogs" and dared them to enter his cell. Four then beat him up and cut him with a razor, a court has heard,

Inmate suicided after asking to see mental health team

The entrance of the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Michael Inman A Canberra inmate asked to see the mental health team on the day of his death, a court has heard.

Proposed powers to strengthen child sex offender laws under consideration


Michael Inman The ACT Government has called for community feedback on proposed changes to laws governing child sex offenders.

Lyons man who attacked possum with pole escapes conviction

Michael Inman A Lyons man left food out for a possum only to bludgeon it with a pole after it came too close to his home, a court has heard.

Gwen Winchester dead, aged 78

Gwen Winchester leaves a court hearing into David Eastman's conviction in 2004.

Michael Inman The widow of slain ACT police chief Colin Winchester has been remembered for her dignity and courage through adversity.

Former basketballer turned drug addict Janna Sladic dead of overdose

Janna Maree Sladic

Michael Inman Two weeks ago, Janna Sladic had walked free from a Canberra court after taking strong steps towards rehabilitation. She died of a suspected heroin overdose late last week.

Staff member sacked, second quits at ACT Public Trustee as alleged $1.65 million fraud probed


Michael Inman A staff member has been sacked and a second has quit as investigations into an alleged $1.65 million embezzlement at the ACT Public Trustee's Office continue.

Canberra jail not obliged to find prisoners work

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Michael Inman A judge has thrown out a violent offender’s bid to be given a job in Canberra jail.

Judge applauds rehabilitation of drug user who stole $16,000 from Hyperdome

Successful drug rehabilitation has earned a convicted burglar a second chance.

Michael Inman A drug user was last year given an ultimatum to get clean, or go to jail. One year on and he has been praised by a judge for his “very impressive rehabilitation”.