The Supreme Court has released the judgment of Justice Gray in a strange defamation case between the operators of a Belconnen karate school and one Jeff Manny, the self decribed “second richest and biggest business man in Belconnen”.
It’s a cracking yarn (once you get down around par 64) of alleged adulteries and dire (unsubstantiated) accusations about the handling of children.
I’ll leave readers to peruse the judgment themselves rather than risk the ire of the courts in further re-capitulation.
Justice Gray pronounces of Mr Manny: “the first defendant falls into the category of witness where one can say “I do not believe anything they say”.
Par 107 is also a doozy:
107. I have formed a very adverse view of the first defendant’s credibility and reliability as a witness. Nevertheless, there is nothing in the text of the letter to indicate that it was written in furtherance of the affairs of the company. The only possible connection might be in the concluding paragraphs of the letter relating to the first defendant’s intent “to live peacefully in act [sic] as I have done last 20 years and grown to be second richest and biggest business man in Belconnen …”.
All up Mr Manny’s accusations have cost him $26,200, before costs (which one suspects will be substantial).
It is also intriguing that, due to police liking a gossip as much as anyone, making written allegations about a police officer to the police is apparently actionable defamation.