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.