Derryn Hinch courting trouble again

Derryn Hinch isn’t afraid of Australian courts, he tweeted this yesterday:

Someone complained that it would hurt the victim, to which Hinch replied:

Now it is all over the news:

THE broadcaster Derryn Hinch has defended naming a man convicted of sexual misconduct with his stepdaughter, despite in effect breaking a court suppression order.

On his Melbourne radio program yesterday, Hinch named the prominent Sydney property developer who was sentenced last week to 18 months’ jail in the District Court.

An edited version of the text of the show appeared on the station’s website but the full version appeared on Hinch’s Human Headline blog with the disclaimer ”A Warning! Access Illegal in NSW”.

The convicted man’s barrister, Anthony Bellanto, QC, last week successfully argued to have the defendant’s name suppressed in NSW to ”minimise any ongoing damage to his reputation”.

Hinch wrote in his blog that Mr Bellanto asked the District Court Judge Ken Taylor to ”reduce the damage that will no doubt occur if these matters reach the [media]”.

Patrick George, a senior partner at the Sydney law firm Kennedys, said Hinch had in effect opened himself to contempt of court given that anyone from NSW could access the article.

”He has effectively published the name by putting it on the [website], and if it’s accessible in NSW, despite his disclaimer, the means of access that he’s given people means that he’s published it,” Mr George said.

”I think he’s in breach of the suppression order.”

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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