Image: Mathews supporters outside court. Her lawyer reassures us that it is merely a matter of, “They are obviously happy with the result and are expressing it in a way that is culturally appropriate to them”.
In a recent post I reported on the case of Carnita Mathews, who was sentenced to jail for making a false claim against a police officer who pulled her up for a random breath test. The court of appeals overturned that verdict when it became evident that the person who took the complaint in question did not verify her identity.
The decision was unusual in that the judge said there wasn't enough evidence it was Ms Matthews who handed in the written complaint to Campbelltown police station and, even if it were, there wasn't enough evidence to prove that she "intentionally, deliberately and purposefully" made a false complaint. It is difficult to see how a complaint that was proven to be demonstrably and totally false could be anything other than deliberate.
With the name of their organisation across their backs and aggression in their faces, community leaders say the men are students of radical cleric Sheik Feiz Mohammed, who has denounced other religions in his sermons.
Sources say the group is linked to the Bukhari Bookshop in Auburn, also a drop-in centre for Muslim youth and recently purchased by the radical sheik.
Sources say the group grew out of the Global Islamic Youth Centre in Liverpool which was founded in 2000 by Sheik Feiz, who has urged children to die for Islam.
The men flanked the niqab-wearing Ms Matthews at the District Court on Monday when her conviction and jail sentence for making a false racism complaint about the police officer who booked her for a P-plate offence was overturned.
After kneeling en masse to pray, the men clashed with the media in noisy and aggressive scenes, prompting police intervention.
He has also claimed, "Jews are pigs that will be killed at the end of the world,” and incited Muslim followers in the Netherlands to behead the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, claiming that those who insult the teachings of Islam must be killed.