BRIEF SUMMARY BY BRIAN FYFFE
The matter went eventually to court where Mr Fyffe was awarded the $130,000 the machine was insured for and also $107,000 in interest. It was three years after the fire before the case was heard in court. Despite the fact Mr Fyffe had won the claim the insurer (State of Victoria) would not settle and another year passed. Because of the matter being dragged out and the late payment of the insurance Mr Fyffe was in a situation where he had no "tools of trade" and could not pay for new ones. This damage done to his business was never accounted for by the courts.
When the insurance claim was finally settled most of the money went on interest payments to the banks. Some of the interest rates these banks were charging him was as high as 25%. Mr Fyffe offered to payout the bank loan but the bank would not agree to this.
Some time later the police of the State of Victoria and the Special Operations Group raided Mr Fyffe's property. A forensic bomb expert alleged that Mr Fyffe had sent a letter bomb to the bank. (It has only come to light recently that the evidence of this 'bomb expert' has been discredited and that he has been dismissed from his official job as forensic scientist).
During the raid the police took some modified clocks and batteries as evidence for
"making bombs". The clocks were being modified at the time, for automatic control of
the irrigation system on the farm.
Mr Fyffe was charged with yet another three offences, convicted, but later appealed this conviction, a week after he was released from jail. Two of these three charges were dismissed but the remaining charge, possession of explosives under suspicious circumstances, being the alarm clocks, was upheld. The alarm clocks, which had no explosives or detonators, were the only things that were found on Mr Fyffe's property. The Victorian Police found no other items during their thorough search. The State of Victoria has not cleared this matter through the courts presumably because they know that they have caused loss and damages to the Fyffe family for no valid reason.
Mr Fyffe's farm was auctioned and bought by the State of Victoria during the period that Mr Fyffe was held in custody and could not prevent the unjustified auction. Mr Fyffe alleged, against the State of Victoria, that the charges against him were fabricated, that holding him without bail for 10 months was illegal, that the fire sale of his property was suspicious and that he was entitled to be compensated for the way he was treated, for the defamation of himself and his family and for the traumatic experience they suffered.
In his eight appearances in the Supreme Court of Victoria and one in the High Court of Australia none of the matters raised have ever been answered and he consequently lodged complaints with the UNHRC over the gross violations of his human rights.
Held in detention for 10 months on flimsy and unjustified grounds it would appear that the detention was in revenge for his stand against the State insurance office. This detention robbed him of his farm and his income and defamed his and his family reputation.
Brian Fyffe's application for Special Leave to Appeal to the High Court of Australia has
been refused by the High Court and the the State of Victoria is now adamant that the
Fyffe family will be removed from their farm soon. At the present time (April 2000) it is
understood that the government has a sheriff hovering about to eject the family.
Violations of local statute law and international covenants appear to be involved.
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