Man free to ap­peal after $5m de­mand

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Janessa Ek­ert

A MAN who de­manded a Ma­reeba Mag­is­trate give him $5 mil­lion to sur­ren­der his last name has suc­cess­fully ap­pealed a traf­fic fine and con­vic­tion, al­low­ing him to re­turn to court to con­test the mat­ter.

But what played out in court on Au­gust 11 was so strange that ap­peal­ing Cairns Dis­trict Court Judge Dean Mor­zone la­belled it bizarre.

Jean-Bap­tiste Do­minique Hain­aut was charged with speed­ing in June last year on My­ola Rd at Ku­randa, which he con­tested and ap­plied by post to have a court date ad­journed to late Septem­ber.

When he did not at­tend on that date he was con­victed and fined $300.

Mr Hain­aut ap­plied to have the mat­ter re­opened and when it was next men­tioned in court he re­fused to ac­knowl­edge his last name.

Bench: What is your name, sir?

Mr Hain­aut: My name is Jean-Bap­tiste Do­minique.

Bench: What’s your last name? Mr Hain­aut: Ir­rel­e­vant. Bench: Well it is rel­e­vant. Mr Hain­aut: If you want me to sur­ren­der my last name... I want com­pen­sa­tion of $5 mil­lion.

After a frus­trat­ing backand-forth, the act­ing mag­is­trate that day dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion due to non-ap­pear­ance by Mr Hain­aut.

Mr Hain­aut ap­pealed, and in the lat­est hear­ing in Cairns this week, Judge Mor­zone said the ex­change be­tween Mr Hain­aut and the act­ing mag­is­trate should have been enough to iden­tify him con­sid­er­ing his full name was hand­writ­ten on the ap­pli­ca­tion form.

“As to the ap­pel­lant’s as­ser­tion that, ‘If you want me to sur­ren­der my last name... I want com­pen­sa­tion of $5 mil­lion’, it is non­sense, for­eign to Aus­tralian law and verg­ing on the bizarre,” he said.

The fine and con­vic­tion was set aside and the mat­ter will be re­opened on a later date.

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