About Albert McKnight

Raised on the NSW South Coast, Albert studied psychology at the University of Wollongong before starting in journalism.

He has seven years’ experience as a reporter in the region covering a multitude of issues, from politics and police, to court and community.

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Darko Felding admits using nail gun to shoot party-goer in the head
Peace in the normally quiet northern Canberra suburb of Taylor was broken when a father walked to a party down the street from his home and shot a reveller in the head with a nail gun. On Wednesday (18 May), 51-year-old Darko Felding pleaded guilty to charges of assault and possessing an offensive weapon with intent over the 21 November...
Former Gungahlin United president accused of defrauding club
The former president of the Gungahlin United Football Club (GUFC), who apparently joined up with "no knowledge" of the sport, is fighting more than 200 charges alleging he defrauded the club. The case against Aaron David Alexander began in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (7 February). He pleaded not guilty and is facing a total of 216 charges, including...
Joshua Higgins jailed for eight years for brutally stabbing friend to death in Gungahlin
WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence. Meth user, father and soon-to-be killer Joshua Higgins was in a bad place. He'd just lost all of his money gambling and his mother told him not to come home. With nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to, he messaged his friend Jae-Ho Oh, a 56-year-old divorcee, and asked...
‘Bad luck’ as concreter allegedly hit an unmarked police car with a traffic cone
After yelling at a passing vehicle during a night out in suburban Canberra, a concreter, who had already been arrested over an alleged assault in the Gungahlin Raiders Club, allegedly threw a traffic cone at a car. But as his Legal Aid lawyer Mr Rutzou told the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday (1 July), it was either "bad luck, Murphy's...
Friend lying in Commodore tray thrown out after drunk driver crashes ute
Drunk and on drugs, Steven Judge crashed a black Holden Commodore ute into a power pole. As he did so, his friend, who had been lying down in the ute's tray, was thrown into the air and landed in a water reservoir. He survived but was left with horrific injuries. A recent ACT Supreme Court judgement shows the now 28-year-old...
Woman possibly abducted from north Canberra, police seek public’s help
Police are seeking the community's help after a woman was possibly abducted in broad daylight from north Canberra on Tuesday (1 June). ACT Policing said at about 1:20 pm, a man wearing a blue cap allegedly grabbed and assaulted a woman while on Horse Park Drive in Casey. "Witnesses described the man punching the woman a number of times before...
Gungahlin electronics store manager stole $58,000 from employer
The head of an electronics store has been sentenced for stealing almost $60,000 from his employer. The agreed facts in Scott Kennedy's recently released ACT Supreme Court judgement show he worked as the store manager of Gungahlin's CeX, an international chain that sells second-hand electronics. For a refund to be processed by a CeX employee, two personal identification numbers (PINs) have to be...
Accusations women were ‘brazenly’ molested in Gungahlin Marketplace
A catering contractor allegedly grabbed or sexually touched two women in the Gungahlin Marketplace, including one with her 16-month-old baby. Bonner man Njabulo Ndlovu was charged over the offences and has been refused bail, as the ACT court ruled that if the facts of the matter were correct, then it appeared his alleged behaviour was escalating. Court documents show in...
Joshua Higgins guilty of manslaughter over death of friend in Gungahlin
Joshua Higgins gave a massive sigh of relief when the jury cleared him of murdering his friend, Gungahlin man Jae-Ho Oh. The verdict marks the end of the month-long trial in the ACT Supreme Court, during which Higgins claimed he had acted in self-defence after the pair had a fight in Mr Oh's one-bedroom home on 11 March 2019. Higgins...
Court hears murder accused’s version of night Gungahlin man died
For the first time, the ACT Supreme Court has heard the man accused of murdering Jae-Ho Oh give his version of the night the Gungahlin man died in his own words. Joshua Higgins, 32, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the divorced Korean father-of-one, whom he had been friends with for years. He has been accused of stabbing his alleged...
Sex offender pleads guilty to possessing thousands of images of child abuse
A north Canberra man faces 15 years in jail for possessing thousands of examples of child abuse material. Stephen John Barber, 67, has admitted to possessing the horrific files and will be sentenced for his offences the next time he appears before the courts. The agreed statement of facts in the matter shows Barber had accessed child abuse material as...
Burglar apologises as he robs the same house on consecutive days
A man stopped to apologise to two of his victims while on a short-lived robbery spree at the same home in Canberra last year. Alexander Ian Saunders, 24, has admitted to the robberies, detailed in the sentencing remarks recently released by ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Helen Murrell. The facts in the matter state that late one night in May...