HERE IS THE DELICIOUS JUDGEMENT IN ALL ITS GLORY.
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”.
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.
“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.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.