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Alexandra Back is a reporter with The Canberra Times

Informant was 'golden opportunity' to infiltrate Italian mafia: court

Informant was 'golden opportunity' to infiltrate Italian mafia: court

David Eastman's defence have pointed to a theory that someone within the Italian mafia orchestrated the hit on the senior police officer.

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Children dead before Bonner fire took hold, coroner says
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Children dead before Bonner fire took hold, coroner says

Police said they have found no evidence a third party deliberately lit the Bonner house fire that also killed the children's mother.

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Informant told growers plantation was 'Winchester's project', trial hears

Informant told growers plantation was 'Winchester's project', trial hears

A police informant told cannabis growers who believed they were being protected by authorities that the crop was Colin Winchester's project, the David Eastman trial heard Tuesday.

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'I feel jealous of her': Shirley's message to woman who killed her son

'I feel jealous of her': Shirley's message to woman who killed her son

Angela Lea Smith pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing a crash that killed Jozef Stefaniak, the son of a long-time Canberra politician.

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Informant denies naming Colin Winchester in mafia dealings

Informant denies naming Colin Winchester in mafia dealings

A former police informant says he never mentioned the name Colin Winchester to cannabis growers who believed they were acting under some kind of protection, the David Eastman trial heard Monday.

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Tardy killer wants to change plea to guilty for lower sentence

Tardy killer wants to change plea to guilty for lower sentence

A husband who stabbed his wife to death while she nursed their baby tried to plead guilty to the crime for a lesser sentence.

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Notebook 'saved my life' in baseball bat attack, tutor says

Notebook 'saved my life' in baseball bat attack, tutor says

She was writing on the whiteboard when she turned to see Alex Ophel coming at her with a baseball bat.

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Court dismisses Arthur Hoyle's appeal over sexual assault

Court dismisses Arthur Hoyle's appeal over sexual assault

The former University of Canberra law lecturer Arthur Hoyle lost an appeal on Thursday against his convictions for raping and sexually assaulting students.

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'I hope you'll never forget me': ANU attack accused's cryptic video

'I hope you'll never forget me': ANU attack accused's cryptic video

In the days before Alex Ophel attacked his classmates and tutor with a baseball bat he posted a cryptic video to his Thane Jekyll YouTube channel.

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Crown case closed in trial of David Eastman

Crown case closed in trial of David Eastman

The Crown on Tuesday closed its case in the murder trial of David Harold Eastman.

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Mother accused of kidnapping Phoenix Mapham pleads not guilty

Mother accused of kidnapping Phoenix Mapham pleads not guilty

A mother accused of kidnapping her son and fleeing Canberra pleaded not guilty to allegations she unlawfully took the child.

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