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Psychiatrist unsure if ANU baseball bat attacker mentally impaired

Psychiatrist unsure if ANU baseball bat attacker mentally impaired

The impact of mental illness on Alex Ophel, 19, at the time of the attack was unknown and the defendant may not meet the threshold required to be found not guilty, court hears.

  • by Michael Inman

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Axe murderer switches plea, admits Canberra jail assault on brothers
Canberra

Axe murderer switches plea, admits Canberra jail assault on brothers

Convicted axe murder Marcus Rappel was midway through his trial when he changed plea, and admitted bashing two brothers at Canberra jail.

  • by Michael Inman
'I feel jealous of her': Shirley's message to woman who killed her son
Canberra

'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.

  • by Alexandra Back
Jail inmate suffered punctured lung in jailhouse attack, court hears
Canberra

Jail inmate suffered punctured lung in jailhouse attack, court hears

A Canberra jail inmate was hospitalised with 36 individual injuries, including a collapsed lung and fractured ribs and facial bones, after a savage prison bashing last year.

  • by Michael Inman
Tardy killer wants to change plea to guilty for lower sentence
Canberra

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.

  • by Alexandra Back
'Higher being' pushed ANU student to attack class with baseball bat
Canberra

'Higher being' pushed ANU student to attack class with baseball bat

Alex Ophel's lawyer said the defendant believed a presence had been coming that would destroy the world. The prosecution says he carefully planned the attack.

  • by Michael Inman
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Crown case closed in trial of David Eastman
Canberra

Crown case closed in trial of David Eastman

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

  • by Alexandra Back
Mother accused of kidnapping Phoenix Mapham pleads not guilty
Canberra

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.

  • by Alexandra Back
ANU baseball bat attack accused 'obsessed' with US school shooters
Canberra

ANU baseball bat attack accused 'obsessed' with US school shooters

A Canberra university student accused of trying to murder his tutor and classmates with a baseball bat had a historic obsession with American school shootings, a court has heard.

  • by Michael Inman
Eastman threw stones at police during surveillance, court hears
David Eastman

Eastman threw stones at police during surveillance, court hears

David Harold Eastman threw rocks at officers conducting covert police surveillance during the investigation into the murder of Colin Winchester.

  • by Michael Inman
'You can't be what you can't see': ACT's first Aboriginal magistrate
Indigenous

'You can't be what you can't see': ACT's first Aboriginal magistrate

Louise Taylor says her Aboriginality is "not everything, but it's not nothing", and that it's important for Aboriginals to be seen as leaders.

  • by Blake Foden