Woman Basher Darran Porch
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What a day. And to me it was a great example of what crazy
heights, or depths, our legal system goes to these days.
About the same time I was being charged with contempt of
court today, a serial woman-basher named Darran Porch was showing real contempt
for the courts.
I have been charged over alleged breaches of suppression
orders in editorials and tweets concerning
Adrian Bayley’s trial for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher.
The charges cover
material from April 5 through April 9 and the papers I was served outside the
St. Kilda Police Station totalled 201 pages. Call that a writ!
I fervently believe I
am not guilty of contempt of court and will contest the case when it comes up in the Supreme Court on
At a time when rapists and killers are out on parole it
seems to me that the judicial system is out of whack when so much time and
energy is spent on trying to make me a whipping boy for social media. I agree
that Twitter and Facebook were out of control in the lead up to the Jill
Meagher trial but I wasn't one of the guilty parties. The DPP should get its
As I said on Today Tonight last night: Australians are
angry, justifiably angry, even scared, about the weaknesses in our legal
system. Especially since you’ve found out that serial rapist, Adrian Bayley,
was out on parole when he raped and murdered Jill Meagher. And murderer, Terrence John Leary, was on
parole when he allegedly stabbed and tried to rape a woman at a Sydney bus stop
There is nationwide dismay about parole being too easy,
sentences too short and suspended sentences, which are a sick joke.
And now I face jail for an alleged contempt of court. I’ll
get back to that, but first let me tell you what happened in County Court
That cowardly thug Darran Porch was due back in court where
he is appealing the ‘severity’ of a
three-year jail sentence for yet another woman-bashing case.
This is the big brave former British and Australian Army
soldier who has used RSVP as a lure and has bashed and battered women,
sometimes pregnant partners, all over the world.
I interviewed his Canadian, Australian and British victims,
here and abroad and confronted him at Melton Police station a few months ago. We
ran that story in Sunday Night in March.
The airing of that
story produced more of Porch’s victims. But, as I reported next day:
Boy, can 24 hours bring you crashing back down to earth. I
had thought our story about Darran Porch had struck a blow (‘scuse the
tasteless pun) against these cowardly bastards who bash women.
I had so many tweets and emails of support and, sadly, other
examples of brutal domestic violence. The feeling among many women, not only
Porch’s battered and bruised victims, was that one basher was getting his
Then the crash. The very next morning after our story went
to air, Porch’s lawyers went to the County Court in Melbourne and got an extension
of his bail until late June.
That meant he was allowed to remain free on the streets for
three more months, putting more women at risk even though he had pleaded guilty
to 21 charges of violence and had been sentenced to 40 months behind bars.
You were, and still
are, entitled to ask: Why isn’t this man in jail? It got worse. How could a man with his record (not to
mention his first conviction, good behaviour bond and $1000 fine for kicking a
pregnant girlfriend in the stomach) get
Porch was due to front up in County Court today. We were
there. He didn’t front. At two brief
hearings, his lawyer claimed that Porch had had himself admitted to the
Alfred Hospital yesterday for ‘psychiatric issues’ and just couldn’t be
in court. Surprise, surprise.
Here’s a cunning
manipulator who has been playing our courts like fish on a line.
He pleaded guilty to
21 assault charges and, with his brutal record, was jailed for over three
years. His appeal was against the severity of the sentence. He has now been
free for months. Hopefully it ends on Thursday when he is scheduled to appear
in court again.
I’m so keen on
seeing this scumbag back behind bars that I’ve postponed an overseas
Have to be back by July 16 for the contempt charges. And I
will be there in person to fight what I believe is a whipping boy excursion.
Ecuador is not an option. And my name’s Derryn not Darran.