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Darwin mass shooter loses lawyer in 'hot water prison assault'

Mass shooter Benjamin Hoffmann may be unrepresented in an upcoming court case over an alleged prison assault, after his lawyer withdrew due to ongoing funding issues.
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A sketch of Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann in court.

Childcare workers face court after 3yo found unconscious on day care bus

Two women have fronted court for the first time after allegedly leaving a three-year-old girl on a day care bus for several hours.
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Two women and a man leaving a building

Mother charged with murder of three children in Port Hedland house fire

The mother of the three children who were found dead after a house fire in WA's Pilbara region has been charged with murder.
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Families of executed Myanmar activists say military refusing to hand over bodies

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia opposes the death penalty, calling on the junta to release unjustly detained prisoners and end violence in the country.
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Phyo Zeya Thaw arrives at the Myanmar parliament in yellow shirt with party pin and bag

Potential legal battle brews between Melissa Caddick's parents and fleeced investors

The sale of accused fraudster Melissa Caddick's Sydney property "should proceed posthaste" a judge has said, as a possible court battle brews between her parents and out-of-pocket investors.
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Melissa Caddick missing

Charges dropped against teen accused of murder

A thirteen-year-old Canberra boy who was charged with the shooting murder of Glenn Walewicz has had his charges dropped.
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Parents of comatose UK boy lose legal battle to prevent life support being switched off

The parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, who has been comatose since suffering "catastrophic" brain damage, have lost a court appeal to stop doctors turning off his life support.
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Archie's mum Hollie Dance

Former police officer jailed for child sex offences after victim wore hidden wire

A District Court judge jails a former WA police officer for sexually abusing a young girl more than 40 years ago, telling the man he left her with a lifelong sentence.
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Three uniformed police officers standing outside the Bunbury court house

Morrison government 'failure' to consider owl scuttles Chinese-owned mine plans

A Federal court finds the Morrison government's approval for a tailings dam in Tasmania's wilderness area is invalid, prompting calls for people arrested during protests there to be compensated as "citizen heroes".
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An aerial view of a tailings dam in forest and an inset photo of a masked owl.

'If I could take it all back I would': Darwin shooter takes to the stand, as sentencing approaches

Three years after killing four people in a shooting rampage in Darwin, Benjamin Hoffman is edging closer to being sentenced. 
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Benjamin Hoffmann sits in the back of a police cage in a police car after his arrest.

CCTV and mobile phone footage of an escape from custody in Canberra

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CCTV and mobile phone footage of Lila Walto ramming a corrective services vehicle to free her partner Kane Quinn.
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Driver tells inquest he ran from police night Aboriginal man drowned

A friend of Gomeroi man Gordon Copeland said he fled from officers because there was "more of a chance of them bashing you or doing something to you" in a remote location.
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Man wearing a greay jumper and black cap, holding a young smiling child on his shoulders

Truck driver behind Eastern Freeway police tragedy appeals 'extremely stern' sentence

By court reporter Danny Tran
Mohinder Singh is appealing against the 22-year sentence he was handed over the deaths of four Victoria Police officers in 2020, arguing the penalty is too harsh.
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Mohinder Singh is led away from a large black police truck with his hands cuffed.

Canberra woman jailed for ramming corrective services vehicle to break her partner out of prison

A brazen escape plan by Lila Walto to spring her partner from jail has landed her with a six-year prison term in the ACT Supreme Court. 
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A car rams another vehicle.

Former rapper and MP among four people executed by junta in Myanmar

By Erin Handley with wires
Among those executed was former hip-hop artist and ousted MP Phyo Zeya Thaw, who has close ties to Australia and whose death has sent a ripple of shock through the diaspora community here.
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Four people standing and smiling at Sydney departure gate

NCA bomber Domenic Perre seeking leave to appeal murder, attempted murder convictions

Domenic Perre, who was found guilty of killing a detective and seriously injuring a lawyer in the 1994 National Crime Authority (NCA) bombing, is seeking leave to appeal against his conviction.
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A man sitting in a wheelchair with another man pushing him

Man sentenced to jail, deportation after boat crash killed his daughter-in-law

A man who was drunk and speeding when he caused the "senseless, needless and brutal death" of his daughter-in-law in a boat crash on the Brisbane River will be deported after serving time in jail.
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Boat at jetty where a woman died after the vessel crashed on the Brisbane River.

13-year-old boy cleared of involvement in Canberra man's shooting death

A 13-year-old has charges against him dropped over the alleged murder of a 48-year-old man in Canberra's south last year.
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The worn front door of an apartment residence is marked off with police tape.

Anti-CCP activist was set up in bomb scare, lawyer says

Drew Pavlou, who has been accused of sending a bomb threat to the Chinese Embassy in London, believes his client has been set up.
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'It was a travesty': The decades-long hunt for an alleged predator

He was the principal of an elite Brisbane school who allegedly took children for overnight stays at popular motels and lavished money on his alleged victims and their families, but it took 25 years for police to secure a conviction.
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Dion Ball sitting with cigarette smoke going up into the air

Civil action against NDIS provider over death of Ann Marie Smith has been delayed

A Federal Court action launched against the company responsible for caring for Adelaide woman Ann Marie Smith, who died in alleged neglect, has been delayed.
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Disability care recipient Ann Marie Smith with her two dogs.

Man charged with murder after woman's body found in Sydney bushland

A man is charged with murder after the discovery of a woman's body in Sydney's north-west on Saturday.
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A woman with dark hair sits under a tree with two dogs

Chinese court rules against single Beijing woman who wanted to freeze eggs

A Chinese court has overruled a rare legal challenge brought by an unmarried Beijing woman who was refused access to egg-freezing services by a hospital.
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Woman in mask stands outside court, speaking to media as police stand behind.

Teen driver not guilty of dangerous driving in fatal crash

A South Australian teenager has been found not guilty of dangerous driving in a head-on crash that killed three people in the state's South East almost two years ago.
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Does the Commonwealth have a climate change duty of care? These Islanders will find out in court

A Federal Court judge says a class action against the government being brought by Torres Strait Island native title holders should be dealt with in a timely fashion, because the plaintiffs are watching "the march of the sea on a daily basis".
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Two men stand on a boardwalk.