Man free to appeal after $5m demand
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.