“Outrageous” Ray Mackereth threatened with contempt and fined

Ray Mackereth charges photographer after court loss

Mr Mackereth charges photographer outside the Federal Circuit Court after a savage judgement about his “outrageous” behaviour.

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HERE IS THE DELICIOUS JUDGEMENT IN ALL ITS GLORY.

Larcombe v Mackereth [2015] FCCA 2646 (1)

 

In a savage judgement from the bench, Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett admonished the failed sex-boss Ray Mackereth, who copped it more than the trashiest tweaked out random at his former sex-den.

In two blows on the one day, (a fair result for any guest at his old sex-space),  the self-proclaimed community champion Mr Mackereth was threatened with contempt over a bizarre gesturing to his mini-me Toby Longhurst while being cross-examined.

The second blow came when Judge Jarrett repeatedly referred to Mackereth’s behaviour as being “outrageous”, and finding he deliberately acted to contravene the Fair Work Act.

In rejecting his credibility on the stand, Judge Jarrett said Mr Mackereth “made up” evidence and when busted, that he had “no contrition”.

It is understood Paddington is fresh out of aloe vera after Judge Michael Jarrett's sick burn on Ray Mackereth's "outrageous" conduct

It is understood Paddington is fresh out of aloe vera after Judge Michael Jarrett’s sick burn on Ray Mackereth’s “outrageous” conduct

Judge Jarrett was scathing of Mr Mackereth’s corporate behaviour, in finding he was an accessory to serious contraventions of the Fair Work Act, ruling his conduct was “the antithesis” of fair work laws.

Judge Jarrett ordered Mr Mackereth to pay Mr Larcombe over $12,000 in compensation, and ordered over $2000 in fines be paid directly to Larcombe and not to the Commonwealth.

Then out the front of the court house, Mr Mackereth, in his second bizarre act for the day, growling in a guttural scream, he then charged into Brisbane workplace litigator Miles Heffernan from Employment Advisors, who had been working closely with Mr Larcombe during the trial process.

Mr Heffernan said “We support our clients to get results. We are patient – especially with crooks that misappropriate their staff’s entitlements to pay their bills and fund extravagance.

Wow, how does Ray Mackereth afford the lifestyle

While not paying staff, Ray Mackereth still pays to live in a 4 storey mansion with rooftop playground. While gaudy, it is all his. Source: Google Maps

“Mackereth threw both a solicitor and counsel at this problem and it was all for nothing – justice prevailed. While we can help, the real hero here is Brenton Larcombe who eyeballed the bloke who lived off his retirement and holiday funds, while his barrister Peter Kronberg made objection after objection and fought to keep evidence out that showed his client for the louse that he is.

“But Larcombe still won and Mackereth chucked a tanty out the front of the court house. The shame of it all.

“If you have worked for someone like Ray Mackereth, call the team on 1300 853 837 to help you get cost effective access to justice” Heffernan added.

Ray Mackereth's Facebook post from 16 October 2014 that has been dismissed by those in the know at Larcombe's camp as 'delusional'

Ray Mackereth’s Facebook post from 16 October 2014 that has been dismissed by those in the know at Larcombe’s camp as ‘delusional’

Larcombe is back in court in December this year for the final stage of litigation against Mackereth, where this time he is being pursued for unpaid long service leave and superannuation.

On 16 October 2014 Mr Mackereth foresaw this week’s trial in very different circumstances, and goading the self-represented Brenton Larcombe, after a set-back on procedural matters, writing “It could not have been a clearer victory” and appearing to imply that witnesses had something to fear from “being subject to cross examination”.

As it turns it was Mackereth himself who had something to fear, as his nearly four hours in the witness box, was marked by inconsistencies, including Judge Jarrett rejecting some of his evidence as “made up”.

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Judge Jarrett also rejected Mackereth’s sometimes graphic explanations of his claimed ailing health, finding he set on a course of conduct to “deliberately” deprive Mr Larcombe of his basic entitlements and scolding the fallen sex-boss, calling his behaviour “outrageous” because he “paid ever other other employee” other than Larcombe.

Brenton Larcombe is successfulled sued his former boss Ray Mackereth for unpaid employee entitlements.

Brenton Larcombe successfully sued his former boss Ray Mackereth for unpaid employee entitlements.

In a tragic defence, Mr Mackereth’s counsel Peter Krongberg tried to argue his client was the victim because Mr Larcombe registered Number 29 Pty Limited a month after he understood Mr Mackereth resolved to wind Klub Kruise up. Judge Jarrett knocked that down calling it a “red herring”.

Peter Kronberg was counsel for Ray Mackereth on a direct-access brief and it did not go well

“Dam” good barrister Peter Kronberg lost to self-represented litigant Brenton Larcombe

Kronberg and Mackereth have some history, where back in 2013, Q News published a story claiming “Peter is one of the best in his game with a dam (sic) good reputation for winning cases”.

In this case, Mr Kronberg lost against the self-represented Larcombe, which may not help the “dam” good reputation. Conversely Larcombe must be delighted that he won against “one of the best in (the) game”.

Mackereth’s October 2014 Facebook post also claimed “now I can get on with my life and focus on things that matter, like continuing to work with 120+ community groups…”, but with another trial in December 2015, that appears unlikely.

Mr Mackereth still remains living in a mansion at Paddington, while claiming to be a philanthropist. Now a judge has called him on that narrative.

Mackereth has 28 days to appeal or pay the judgement including the fines, before having default judgement entered and possible bankruptcy.

 

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Ray Mackereth serves up lashings of Christmas irony

With the presses running at a fever pitch this fortnight at Q News pumping out their almost tome-like latest issue of 32 pages, publisher Ray Mackereth could almost be forgiven for not realising the immense irony of an article as it went to print.

Almost.

Demonstrating a remarkable lack of consideration of how it may be received by many of its readers, Mackereth published a review of the movie Horrible Bosses 2.

The movie which is currently screening in cinemas follows the comedic misadventures of a group of friends who have suffered various stresses and personal setbacks due to outrageous and unacceptable workplace behavior from their employers.

It was not all that long ago that Mackereth himself accepted to WorkCover Queensland that his management style caused to break his staff member’s spirit which including heavy handed management.

The colourful Brisbane publishing identity has also appointed counsel to defend a criminal case against him which is currently before the Industrial Magistrate for unpaid wages which is being heard on 30 January 2015. Mr Mackereth faces unpaid wages claims of over $40,000 and fines in excess of $60,000 between this case and one under the Fair Work laws federally.

Sources close to Brenton Larcombe, who has commenced the criminal case tell us that his sense of irony is as sharp as ever, and that this unfortunate coincidence has given him a reason for a giggle in what has otherwise been a stressful period.

 

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Miles Heffernan from workplace litigation firm Employment Advisors who is acting for Mr Larcombe in the criminal offences matter brought under special laws in the Queensland Industrial Relations Act, said that the irony was “delicious” adding “just as well it is Christmas as this gift is so exquisitely timed.

Photo credit: Q News Online

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Ray Mackereth's Facebook post from 16 October 2014 that has been dismissed by those in the know at Larcombe's camp as 'delusional'

Ray Mackereth’s Facebook post from 16 October 2014 that has been dismissed by those in the know at Larcombe’s camp as ‘delusional’

Ray Mackereth’s “Dubya” Moment

In a bizarre post on Facebook, queer publisher and former gay sex venue king Ray Mackereth wrote “it could not have been a clearer victory” and that it would be “an unlikely event” that the case would proceed, referring to a Fair Work court claim that alleges he was an accessory to serious contraventions of  labour laws.

However his post brought fits of laughter from those close to Brenton Larcombe, who is bringing the claim against Mr Mackereth. Mr Larcombe’s partner Deeje Hancock was barely able to complete his sentences while talking with Raymackereth.com.

Finally he was able to spit out between giggling “Oh he (Mr Mackereth) must not have been in the same court room as I was yesterday.

“While it is true that some of Brenton’s documentation has to be re-worked and re-filed, that is because he is self-represented and is learning as he goes, while Mackereth has the best legal team that Brenton’s money can buy.

“The judge was awesome, because Brenton asked for heaps of documents in a discovery application so he could show to the court just how colourful a businessman Mackereth was. But the judge wanted to get to the point of things and in doing so he streamlined the whole case,” Hancock explained.

“The judge said that he thinks all we need are three witnesses and the documents held by the liquidator. So now it is all about Brenton, Mackereth and importantly the liquidator, who will able to talk directly – and be cross examined as an expert – about the questionable or down right unlawful corporate behaviour of Mr Mackereth,” he added.

Mr Hancock also says that Mr Larcombe’s quest to have Mr Mackereth face the music just got a whole lot easier. “This also means the trial has been compressed. It is all good news for Brenton. Even the judge thinks it will only take a day, but he set it down for two just in case,” he said.

“So Brenton has to file one more document after seeking legal advice and the liquidator will really do the rest, by going through the story the document tells. Big deal. Mackereth thinks that is an “unlikely event”. Brenton has been waiting two years to get what is owing, and for that man to do the right thing,” Mr Hancock claimed.

Mr Mackereth’s post that would have people believe that Judge Burnett basically ended the case could not be further from the truth, according to Mr Hancock. “The judge has given Brenton a full month to get the documents re-filed and has agreed that both the adverse action claim for sacking Brenton while on sick leave is in, plus the Fair Work Act contraventions are still in play.

“As the judge said “the answers lie in the books, they always do”. Now Brenton can focus his revised claim on the precise areas that judge wants to hear from,” Hancock said.

Those close to the Larcombe camp think this is Mackereth's George W Bush Moment

Those close to the Larcombe camp think this is Mackereth’s George W Bush Moment

Mr Hancock also said it was “strange” that Mr Mackereth thought it was important to note in his post that “all witnesses will be subject to cross examination”. Still laughing he said “no shit Sherlock, that is what happens in a court room. I don’t think the case will be resolved by a pillow fight.”

He also said that this early call of victory was Mr Mackereth’s George W Bush moment, making reference to the “Mission Accomplished” sign hoisted over ten years ago about the war in Iraq that is still being fought today, albeit with a different context.

To clear up which camp was closer to the mark, your friends at raymackereth.com thought we’d check, so off we went to the court order which said the following word for word:

THE COURT ORDERS:

1. That the application in a case filed 7 July 2014 be dismissed.

2. That the amended application in a case filed 22 September 2014 be dismissed.

3. That the amended application in a case for summary judgment filed 22 September 2014 be dismissed.

4. That the application in a case for disclosure filed 4 September 2014 be dismissed.

5. That the amended Form 4 claim filed 31 July 2014 be struck out.

6. That the applicant file and serve a further amended Form 4 claim by 4.00pm on 12 November 2014.

7. That the respondent file and serve any response to the further amended claim by 4.00pm on 17 December 2014.

8. That the respondent file and serve any further material in response by 4.00pm on 6 February 2015.

9. That the applicant be given leave to make an application for non-party disclosure against the liquidator of Klub Kruise Pty Ltd (In Liq).

10. That there be further mediation of the matter before a registrar of the court on or before 4.00pm on 29 May 2015.

11. That the matter be listed for hearing of two (2) days’ duration commencing at 10.00am on 17 August 2015.

12. That the parties have liberty to apply.

These 12 points do appear to confirm Mr Hancock’s take that Mr Mackereth may have jumped the gun when he wrote “now I can move on with my life and focus on real things that matter”. Mr Hancock said in response “I am surprised that the misappropriation of employee entitlements and  superannuation, all while sacking Brenton when while on sick leave, from the bullying that WorkCover found was at the hands of Mackereth, are not “real things” that matter to him. I bet by the time this case is over they will. They will be abundantly real.”

Mr Hancock finished the interview asking if he could give Mr Mackereth some gratuitous  advice in response to his FB post. It went as follows:

Dear Ray,

Look pet, the dates are set out clearly and I know that you were not so crash hot when it came to filing your amended reply – remember it was a week late because those meanies on social media and that meanie Brenton exercising his lawful right to sue you – made you sad.

While you would like to “get on with your life” and spend your time with charities rather than taking responsibility closer to home, you should pay particular attention to 12 November 2014 (oh and special attention to 17 December as a week late would be Christmas – literally) and the early part of 2015, because honey, the judge has let Brenton subpoena the books and oh what fine reading that will make. And then when that is done, the liquidator will tell the court about how you ran up $190K of debts you could not pay when due. Cross examine that sweetheart. 

Ouch! 

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Ray Mackereth’s bookkeeper tells of his crooked ways

252940_10150214890066943_6629152_nTwo former bookkeepers have alleged that gay business identity Ray Mackereth refused to pay their invoices for work performed at Q News and Klub Kruise, according to sworn statements filed in the Federal Circuit Court.

The gay publisher and former gay-sex club boss is being pursued for unpaid entitlements and superannuation of nearly $40,000. The bookkeepers say they are owed collectively just under $5,000 for work performed but never paid with one adding that once she was of no use, Mr Mackereth just ignored her.

Around the same time she was begging to be paid because she was struggling to make ends meet, Mr Mackereth was boasting online about giving money to a gay rugby side.

The bookkeeper also said Mr Mackereth’s was a workplace “bully” and and that his claims of being a stand up bloke in the community are “outrageous”, adding:

“I think it is outrageous that (Mr Mackereth) was claiming being a community supporter when he has owed his staff, suppliers and the ATO so much for so long. Rather the unpaid suppliers, employees and ATO should receive recognition as he has deprived us to laud himself in the community.

In an ever-deepening crisis for the self-styled champion of charitable causes, the bookkeeper that was with him as Klub Kruise collapsed also claims that the sex club was carrying costs for Q News, that Mr Mackereth owns 100 per cent of. Yet Klub Kruise closed owing nearly $200,000 to creditors.

These costs are said to include administration, motor vehicle expenses and Mr Mackereth’s salary, burdening the now failed company with around  $100,000 per annum of unnecessary expenses according to the bookkeeper-turned-whistleblower, that if proven could leave him exposed to criminal proceedings or being struck off as a director by ASIC.

Another affidavit claims that Mr Mackereth, while admitting workplace bullying allegations, misled WorkCover Queensland by saying he was “let down” by the bookkeeper for not paying the superannuation, despite him never giving his accounts people access to the bank accounts to perform transactions. Both bookkeepers claim payments for superannuation were usually handled directly by Mr Mackereth and never by them.

As Mr Mackereth filed an amended defence of Mr Larcombe’s claim one week late, (Brenton Larcombe Response to amended claim 21-08-2014) where he continues to deny being “involved” in serious contraventions of the Fair Work Act. However these denials are become increasingly inconsistent, and it now appears he now may be pinning his hopes on a period in late 2011 to March 2012, where he suggests he was out of action for poor health for nearly four months. Even that looks in trouble as  both Mr Larcombe and his bookkeeper at the time suggest this claim is nonsense, with both saying he was off work for less than two weeks and otherwise accessible.

Brenton Larcombe is also alleging that after he took just two weeks off work in late May 2012 after nearly ten years of loyal service to Mr Mackereth, he was sacked, despite his illness being work-related. Mr Mackereth also seized the company motor vehicle from Mr Larcombe, which has since been sold.

Despite Mr Mackereth’s amended defence in the Federal Circuit Court that he did not sack Mr Larcombe for his health, evidence tendered suggests otherwise, where it is alleged on 6 July 2012 he wrote the following to WorkCover Queensland:

The business has been financially stressed.  Three weeks ago I terminated Brenton’s employment based on legal advice. I accept that this advice was incorrect and retracted this two days later. However I believe that this has further harmed the relationship and as this was done when he was on sick leave for a work related condition.

So while I dispute some of the reasons articulated by Brenton Larcombe in his claim, I accept that I have been at times unreasonable as a manager and for this I have regret.

Ray Mackereth around 15 years ago but all the smiles and pint sized singers don't distract those he owes from chasing him

Ray Mackereth around 15 years ago, but still uses this as his profile pic, despite life’s lines showing some serious weathering. Despite the Dorian Gray-esque sadness of it all,  the smiles and pint sized singers with 90’s hair don’t distract those he owes from chasing him. His former bookkeeper has savaged him as being dodgy and a bully in Federal Circuit Court documents.

Mr Mackereth admits Mr Larcombe is owed a substantial amount of money, including long service leave, but is still refusing to pay. He also painted himself as caring to WorkCover Queensland in 2012 where he wrote “I stressed that I would do everything possible to try and ensure that he received his wages but with the added stress of having to pay an extra person to replace him, in all seriousness it looked like the business could fold.”

Mr Mackereth’s claims to WorkCover stand in stark contrast to what he has provided to the Federal Circuit Court, where in that version of events he has sheeted home total blame of his company’s failure on the landlord of Number 29 McLachlan Street for not renewing the lease, despite his business not have the liquidity to meet the business debts when due, according to documents provided by the liquidator.

Mr Larcombe confirmed to RayMackereth.com that he had notified the liquidators of Klub Kruise and ASIC of these explosive allegations in recent days.

The case is next listed for a directions hearing on 24 September in Brisbane. Court records show that Mr Larcombe has filed nearly 1000 pages of sworn evidence from seven different witnesses, while Mr Mackereth is yet to provide anything under oath.

Mr Larcombe is seeking to have part of his case awarded without a full trial and also to freeze some of Mr Mackereth’s assets until the matter is fully dealt with by the court.

Ray Mackereth in Federal Circuit Court for Unpaid Employee Entitlements

Ray Mackereth accused of being an old hand at living off his employees’ entitlements

Ray Mackereth fails to file amended Response

Ray Mackereth has failed to respond to the further and better particulars he asked for from Brenton Larcombe in the Federak Circuit Court, on why he was an accessory to contraventions of the Fair Work Act for unpaid wages and entitlements

Ray Mackereth has failed to respond to the further and better particulars he asked for from Brenton Larcombe in the Federal Circuit Court, on why he was an accessory to contraventions of the Fair Work Act for unpaid wages and entitlements

Ray Mackereth was granted leave to file an amended response in the Federal Circuit Court today by 4pm, which according to the Court was not done where he is defending a claim for nearly $40,000 for unpaid employee entitlements and superannuation by a former employee.

This appears to leave unchallenged the former manager of his gay sex club Brenton Larcombe’s troubling claims, filed as further an better particulars on the request of Mr Mackereth about why he is an accessory to contraventions of the Fair Work Act.

Mr Larcombe’s further and better particulars are underlined here: Amended Larcombe FWC_Form_4_FCC_0313V1

These include serious allegations about Mr Mackereth’s role as the sole director of Klub Kruise, including that he acted to benefit himself ahead of his company in breach of the Corporations Act 2001 and leaving creditors out of pocket $189,000.

More to come.

 

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