Court­room pest jailed as judge’s pa­tience wanes


A MAN who as­saulted nu­mer­ous lawyers in a bit­ter and of­ten ex­plo­sive cru­sade against WorkCover has been jailed for nine months after a judge ruled his chances had run out.

Markham Moore-Mc­Quil­lan has been con­victed of as­sault at least seven times dur­ing a morass of lit­i­ga­tion against WorkCover span­ning al­most three decades.

Moore-Mc­Quil­lan, 59, has abused, tripped, spat at and threat­ened lawyers – and threw a walk­ing crutch at a bailiff who served him a sum­mons – since hurt­ing his knee work­ing 28 years ago.

District Court judge Joanne Tracey ruled that MooreMcQuil­lan’s vi­o­lent court­room out­bursts had left her no op­tion but to jail him over an in­ci­dent in an Ade­laide Mag­is­trates Court defama­tion case in De­cem­ber 2015.

Moore-Mc­Quil­lan was sev­eral years ago the sub­ject of an ap­pli­ca­tion by the At­tor­ney­Gen­eral to de­clare him a vex­a­tious lit­i­gant and pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated as­sault of an op­pos­ing solic­i­tor and breach­ing bail con­di­tions not to ha­rass court staff.

“You as­saulted (the lawyer) by ac­cost­ing her and im­ped­ing her in a threat­en­ing man­ner,” Judge Tracey said.

“The Sher­iff’s of­fi­cer in­ter­vened. Dur­ing your in­ter­ac­tion with (him) you shouted loudly, again us­ing coarse lan­guage and at­tempted to re­sist (him).”

Judge Tracey said the vic­tims of Moore-Mc­Quil­lan’s out­bursts were “al­most ex­clu­sively” WorkCover lawyers or

JAILED: Markham Moore-Mc­Quil­lan as­saulted lawyers.

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