5 Oct 2017

Winning the Blog Wars

By Gi Linda.

The "Battle of the Blogs" was won with a welcome victory for truth and justice in NSW Supreme Court on October 3rd, when Justice Lucy McCallum ruled in my favor and rejected an injurious falsehood claim by Mt Warning Eco Village demanding a gag on freedom of speech and removal by court order of the blog, "Mt Warning Eco Village - A Warning".

The BlogWars began when defrauded investors decided strategies to recover collective losses of more than $1.5 million that we suffered after investing in Mark Darwin's land-share scam in 2014-5. We were preparing legal action and decided to start a blog to document our experience and warn others who were being sucked into the same vortex of deception that had robbed us of our life savings.

Having professional skills in media and journalism I agreed to author the blog on behalf of the "Group of Investors Defrauded by Darwin".

The blog warns that Mount Warning Eco Village is the latest attempt by Darwin and Brennock to form a "Village Community" on environmentally protected land without development approval. Alluring marketing hides the reality of a project already marred by the deep footprints of a long trail of disenfranchised investors whose broken dreams and empty bank accounts have caused a lot of anger and a deep interest in vindication.  

The first failed attempt by Darwin and Brennock to form "Bhula Bhula Village Community" under the deceptive auspices of "Truthology", was from 2014-17 at 3222 Kyogle Rd, Mt Burrell. Investors were led to believe we would have an equitable interest in the land that we collectively purchased, but we were scammed when instead of purchasing the land through a legitimate Community Association, as promised, the property was bought using our money by a private company with Adrain Brennock as self-appointed sole director and sole shareholder, effectively owning and controlling the land we paid for by holding a $1 share. 

In retaliation for the blog and my news report exposing them, in December 2016 the "Bully-Bully-Boyz" blocked my access to the land, smashed my camp, destroyed my Garden and stole my mobile home and belongings.

The police were told by the "Bully-Bully-Boyz" that Adrian Brennock was owner of the Land and that I was a "trespasser". They requested and received police assistance, so I filed criminal charges of fraud and larceny as a private prosecution.

The defamer charges the defamed with defamation!

In attempts to menace and damage my professional reputation, Mark Darwin, as founder of the failed "Bhula Bhula Village Community" and "creator" of "Mount Warning Eco Village" fueled the Blog Wars with vicious ad hominem attacks and false reports of legal matters. 

At the same time as publicly slandering and publishing malicious lies about me, Darwin and Brennock also initiated a defamation case and an injurious falsehood case against me in NSW Supreme Court.

A first injunction requesting court orders to remove this blog was withdrawn after two hearings by Darwin/Brennock's barrister, Dauid Sibtain, for lack of evidence that development approval was in place prior to selling home-sites. 

A second  urgent interlocutory injunction by Darwin and the boyz requested a Duty Judge to make a summary judgement to gag free speech, but was referred back to Justice McCallum on the defamation list.

After eight hearings of this matter in Sydney Supreme Court, Justice Lucy McCallum announced her judgement rejecting the claim by Mt Warning Eco Village that this blog contains injurious falsehoods that have damaged the inchoate company's commercial interests. 

This decision was made only on the company's request for an interim gag order until a final hearing of evidence of injurious falsehood. It's not yet known whether the defeated plaintiffs will now withdraw the charges or continue the Blog Wars slugfest.
Defamation Case

Apart from the company's injurious falsehood litigation, the original defamation charges against myself and Nimbin GoodTimes are still ongoing with claims for damages of over $3 million regarding an article I authored that was published by the Nimbin GoodTimes in October 2016; "The Truth About Bhula Bhula" that reveals Darwin/Brennock's land-share scam at Mt Burrell. 

Nimbin GoodTimes editor Dob Dooley quickly capitulated to the intimidation of threatening litigation. In exchange for promises that Nimbin GoodTimes would not suffer any bad times, Dob Dooley deleted my article from the newspaper's online archive and threw me under the bus with promises to Darwin and the bully-bully boyz of an apologetic retraction and the gift of free full page ads in every issue for the next year.

Darwin loudly celebrated by publishing his Pyrrhic conquest of Dob Dooley on his vicious blog dedicated to a false narrative mutilating my reputation and misreporting legal proceedings. Darwin uses his malicious blog to promote a false reality, painting himself as a hero whose failures are transmorgified into incredible delusions of success.  

Following the court decision not to take down the blogs, the promised retraction and ad have not been published in the Nimbin GoodTimes, although the original article has been removed from the paper's online archive.

The deleted  Nimbin GoodTimes article is archived here: "The Truth About Bhula Bhula".

Underlying Darwin's mendacious blog, the scoffing of spamming comments and the manic "Bah-ha-ha" of threatening emails sent to opponents by his avatar, "Dummass Boofhead", there is a claim that my professional qualifications are fake. Until now I have ignored Darwin's taunts, insults and contemptuous threats. However, since his malicious attacks have escalated and the litigation is a public matter, as writer of the Nimbin GoodTimes article exposing the land-share scam, and principal author of the blog facing defamation and injurious falsehood litigation, to validate my credentials I have posted below a synopsis of my filmography:


Gi Linda 

Gi Linda -- Gillian Linda Norman, nee Brown
Former BBC Reporter - Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker - Blog Author