The ABC brings word that Taylor Schmidt, 22, will not be eligible for parole for the next 12 years for his role in the murder on Northbourne Avenue of Liang Zhao.
The 27-year-old victim was beaten to death with a baseball bat and a machete, and robbed of his mobile phone and $21.
Mr Zhao had [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven Service Station in Melba last night (Sunday, December 8).
Around 10pm, a man entered the service station on Chinner Street, armed with a large kitchen knife and threatened an employee making demands for cash and cigarettes.
The employee handing over a sum of cash and [...]
Andrew Barr is letting us know about his plans to build build build:
Today I released the 2013-14 Update of the ACT Government Infrastructure Plan detailing the continued significant investment being made in a range of major infrastructure developments as we move into our second century.
The Infrastructure Plan Update provides an overview of key infrastructure [...]
ACT Policing has arrested 23 people following a blitz on shoplifting in the Canberra’s south in the past few weeks.
Officers from ACT Policing’s Crime Reduction Team worked with loss prevention officers from various stores to identify and apprehend shoplifters.
During the operation so far 23 people have been arrested for minor theft and one person was [...]
Simon Corbell is deriving some satisfaction from Canberra’s groundbreaking gay marriages taking place in advance of the High Court’s ruling on his legislation:
Today is a very significant moment in the ACT’s and in the nation’s history as the first legally sanctioned marriages between same sex couples take place in the Territory throughout the weekend,Attorney-General, Simon [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a man after he allegedly assaulted a police officer early this morning (Saturday, December 7).
Around 1.30am officers attended a disturbance at Verity Lane in the city and saw a large group of men behaving aggressively.
The officers identified themselves and instructed the men to move back.
At this point a man quickly advanced [...]
A 22-year-old Belconnen man was arrested yesterday (Friday, 6 December) in relation to a spate of graffiti incidents that occurred in Belconnen in September.
On the 27 September, police received several reports from local Belconnen businesses and government departments’ of walls and windows sprayed with graffiti ‘tags’.
Police executed a warrant yesterday on a Belconnen residence where [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a robbery that occurred in Belconnen last night (Thursday, 5 December).
Around 8.15pm a 62-year-old woman was walking along Totterdell Street when approached by a man.
As the man walked past, he grabbed the woman’s handbag and a brief struggle took place before the man pushed her to the ground and [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 42-year-old Ainslie man after a burglary occurred at a jewellery store in Civic last Saturday night (November 30).
The burglary occurred around 10pm at a jewellery store on Mort Street, Civic where a substantial amount of jewellery was stolen. During the burglary a man wearing distinctive clothing was captured on [...]
The Supreme Court via Master Harper has delivered the saddest judgment it’s ever been my displeasure to encounter.
It’s a tale of public service sexual misadventure. There’s career death, attempted suicide, and in the end Michael Moon is up for a life crippling $668,856 (plus costs to come).
Considering his fragile accuser was unwilling or unable to [...]
After a lengthy and detailed investigation by ACT Policing, five people will face court over multiple incidents of property damage which occurred in north Canberra earlier this year.
Between February and April (2013), police received more than 30 reports of property damage to cars in the Belconnen and Gungahlin area.
Police will allege that four men, aged [...]
ACT Policing will summons a 40-year-old Isabella Plains man to face court after police located cannabis plants while executing a search warrant yesterday (December 4) afternoon.
Around 4.30pm, detectives from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations executed a Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant at the Isabella Plains house.
During the search of a shed in the rear yard, [...]
ACT Policing has released CCTV imagery and fresh details renewing its call for witnesses to multiple incidents of property damage in Ashkanasy Crescent, Evatt on Saturday morning (November, 30).
Police attended Ashkanasy Crescent following several reports of property damage to residences and vehicles that occurred between about 4am and 5am on Saturday (November 30).
Damage included two [...]
Simon Corbell, Chief Justice Helen Murrell, and the Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker today launched the ACT Sentencing Database, a tool to help grant equal if not fair sentences across the board.
A 38-year-old Gordon woman has attempted to drive home from a Christmas party more than four times over the legal limit.
Around 11.30pm last night (Tuesday, 3 December), police were conducting mobile patrols in Phillip when they observed a vehicle stopped in the bus stop and obstructing a lane on Melrose Drive Phillip between Theodore and [...]
World+Dog is tweeting that we find out next week what the High Court thinks of the ACT’s gay marriage efforts:
The High Court has reserved its decision on the Federal Govt's challenge of our same sex marriage bill until next week
— PRIME7 Canberra News (@PRIME7CanNews) December 3, 2013
It should come as no surprise that, in a body politic in which lawyers largely write the laws, access to justice is for the best part a pastime of the wealthy.
So it has come to pass that Simon Corbell has for us a handy figleaf for this raging erection of injustice:
Canberrans will have easier access [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after an ACTION bus driver was assaulted last month (November) in Griffith.
Around 10pm on Wednesday, 13 November an ACTION bus driver was assaulted by a man as he boarded the bus on Captain Cook Crescent.
As a result of the assault, the bus driver sustained a broken nose.
The man can be [...]
Hi Riot ACT family,
would you be so kind as to keep an eye out for my bike and all the bits that go along with it. Stolen last night from a “secure” underground carpark in Bruce. Despite using a locksmith quality chain and lock wrapped around frame and rear wheel and locking the bike in [...]
A 19-year-old Queanbeyan man is today facing drug charges after he was arrested after an incident in a Canberra night club yesterday morning (December 1).
Around 3.30am yesterday police attended a City night club in response to a call from security.
The man allegedly had been speaking to a woman he knew and forced a capsule believed [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven Service Station in Melba last night (Sunday, December 1).
Around 9.30pm, a man entered the service station on Chinner Street, armed with a knife and threatened an employee making demands for cash and cigarettes.
The employee complied with the demands, handing over a sum of [...]
ACT Policing were required to respond to numerous incidents of disorderly behaviour and traffic hazards by graduating students from Marist College in Civic early this morning (Sunday, 1 December).
Around 2am police received reports of over 120 students congregated in the Pitts car park, Civic prior to commencing a walk southbound along the Commonwealth Avenue finishing [...]
From ACT Polciing:
ACT Policing is partnering with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) to remind business owners that it is an offence to sell or import synthetic drugs, despite myths that they are a legal way to get high.
ACT Policing works with ACBPS and other Australian law enforcement agencies to combat the importation [...]
From ACT Policing:
ACT Policing has apprehended a 40-year-old man in Mawson this morning following the importation of drugs into Australia, destined for the ACT (Friday, November 29).
Detectives from the Drug and Organised Crime team will allege the man, who is a Chinese national took possession of the imported goods containing approximately 360 grams of a [...]
Statutory limitations have been removed so that victims of sexual assaults that occurred before 1985 can now seek justice for for offences, announced Simon Corbell today.
Victims of sexual assault can now seek justice for offences that occurred before 1985 with the removal of outdated and unjust legal barriers to prosecuting certain offences, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell [...]
On Tuesday evening Officer Rudi Lammers and Deputy Chief Police Officer David Pryce engaged the community over twitter for the first time, answering questions and addressing concerns by the public.
Apparently it was a huge success.
Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers said that the forum achieved everything that ACT Policing expected in relation to interacting with the [...]
Simon Corbell announced new legislation to strengthen roadside drug and alcohol testing laws today.
The Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving by strengthening the powers and ability of police to enforce drink and drug driving laws.
“Among the amendments made by the Bill is [...]
ACT Policing detectives have seized a home-made firearm and a quantity of drugs during a search warrant in Braddon yesterday (Wednesday, 27 November).
Detectives executed the search warrant on the home yesterday afternoon locating a home-made firearm similar to a shotgun, two replica handguns and ammunition, along with a quantity of cannabis and small amount of [...]
Simon Corbell is waving the flag for amendments to the Coroners Act so that we spend less money on suicides:
“A recent ACT Court Review of Coronial and Post Mortem Process and Practice found that more than 16% of ACT registered deaths underwent coronial investigation in 2011 – the second highest coronial death investigation rate in [...]
Good news everybody!
Simon Corbell announced today that the the ACT Property Crime Reduction Strategy 2012-15 is doing it’s job and rates for both burglary crime and motor vehicle theft have significantly dropped during the strategy’s first year.
“This whole of government strategy has set two key targets – reduce burglary crime by a further 10% and [...]
At almost the halfway point of its campaign to remove illicit guns from the community, ACT Policing has added 10 illegal firearms to its armoury and executed several associated warrants, with thousands of rounds and ammunition seized.
Since the campaign commenced six weeks ago, ACT Policing has executed 10 search warrants in relation to illicit firearms [...]
ACT Policing took three men into custody for breaches of the peace after a disturbance in residential Gungahlin in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, November 24).
After reports of a disturbance were received at an address in Gungahlin where a large group of people were gathering in the street outside, police attended to find [...]