Justice in Victoria - A fairly typical scenario.
by Raymond Hoser.
A dishonest Victoria Police officer with a stated vendetta against me,
decided to falsify some traffic charges against me. But before I get that
far, I suppose I should detail how they arose.
On 2/7/95, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident when driving a
taxi, hitting a man/pedestrian who jumped in front of my moving taxi at
the last minute.
Following the accident, Police attended the scene and all witnesses
at the scene, including the man I had hit agreed that it was the pedestrian's
fault. That was never in dispute. (By the way, it was me who called the
Police and ambulance on my mobile phone and who was the first to offer
assistance to the injured man before bystanders came to help - the passengers
in the taxi were too drunk to do anything!).
The Policemen who arrived at the scene were named Stephen Talbot and
John Anderson. Both were immediately extremely aggressive and stated that
in spite of the fact that all the witnesses present stated that I was blameless
for the accident, they were going to find something to charge me with.
I was also threatened with assault. Talbot, the more aggressive of the
two also repeatedly swore at me and reminded me of a previous encounter
with me, which I hadn't recalled, (he stated he'd pulled me up in my taxi
Talbot later fabricated charges against me of 'Dangerous driving' and
'speeding', both of which were disproved by witness statements made to
him. (I had been stopped seconds earlier, having dropped off two of five
passengers, so wasn't even going anywhere near the 60 kph speed limit!).
These charges were set to be heard at Prahran Court in early 1996. However
before these were heard, Talbot was allegedly involved in another assault,
or perhaps it may be more accurate for me to say, he was called to account
for an assault. This one was at Frankston.
On February 11th 1995, Stephen Talbot was alleged to have punched another
man after a traffic dispute while he was off-duty. He appeared at Melbourne
Magistrate's Court charged over the incident.
It was alleged that Talbot had parked his car and then approached the
driver of a car that was attempting to park in the same spot. The victim
of the attack, Mr. Anthony Scott McKenzie later stated that Talbot approached
him while he was sitting in the car and punched him twice through an open
McKenzie noticed that Talbot was the same man who had held up traffic
earlier and made offensive gestures at him when asked to move his car.
McKenzie stated that he had done nothing to provoke the attack by Talbot.
McKenzie later reported a bruised eye, chin and cheek as well as a cut
The above description of road rage by Talbot was in line with my encounters
with him, noting his extremely aggressive demeanor.
Magistrate John Myers committed Talbot to stand trial at the County
Court on the charges of intentionally causing injury and recklessly causing
injury. However at the time of committal a number of observers noted that
the odds of a Melbourne County Court Judge convicting a Policeman of anything
was effectively nil, based on well documented corruption in that court.
(Refer to 'The Hoser Files - The Fight Against
Entrenched Official Corruption' for just a few of many examples).
Because Talbot was temporarily suspended from duty, control of the brief
against me was handed to his offsider, John Anderson. He phoned me before
the due hearing date and informed me that he was withdrawing the Talbot
charges and laying a fresh charge of 'careless driving'.
At the set date, (3/6/96) Police sought an adjournment in front of Magistrate
Mr. Cousins (spelling may be incorrect), which was granted. They also formally
withdrew the first two charges, and lodged the new one.
At the next set hearing date, Police again sought an adjournment. The
claim by Police this time was that Talbot was absent with a broken foot.
One can only speculate that this arose from yet another violent outburst
Police were granted this adjournment by Magistrate Harley Harbour in
spite of my readiness to proceed on that date. Notable is that Police had
given me no prior warning of their intention to adjourn the matter. If
they had done so, I could have at least saved lugging my materials to court
and even more likely avoided a trip to the court at all.
The next hearing date was in January 1997. This time, the Police side
had the decency to tell me in advance that they wanted an adjournment.
I did not object and this time the court set a date for April 25th for
the matter to be heard, (no attendance was required at court).
Noting that this new date clashed with long standing prior engagements
at the Inverell Forum and with a legal meeting in Sydney, I wrote to both
court and informant seeking an adjournment.
The court clerk, Ms. Marita Dunbar said that as Police opposed my wish
for an adjournment, the matter would have to be heard before a Magistrate.
The date for this brief application was set down for 17th March 1997.
For those who have read my book, The Hoser
Files - The Fight Against Entrenched Official Corruption, the
following scene of corruption in a Victorian court is all too familiar.
I appeared at Prahran Magistrate's Court at 10 AM and was directed to
court room 1, where I went and took a seat. The room was full of people
as it was the mention court for mention matters, adjournment applications,
etc. The Magistrate in the room was Cousins (again).
While waiting to be called, Talbot barged into the court room and grabbed
me by the arm and dragged me from the room. When I struggled with him a
fellow Police officer asked 'Is he under arrest', to which Talbot replied
'not yet'. I then asked to be let go (as he was now by his admission assaulting
The Magistrate stopped speaking but did not intervene in any way.
I was then dragged from the court room and Talbot then started to take
my clothes off. I handed him a micro-cassette recorder stating 'Here's
what you want, now let me go'.
Another Police officer then asked Talbot, 'What's going on' to which
Talbot responded with a barrage of comments among which were, 'he's got
three of them, I know he has', etc. He then went through both bags I was
carrying, throwing papers all over the floor of the court foyer, again
in view of the public and eventually gave up, failing to find any further
tape recorders. He then handed me back my tape recorder which I put in
my pocket (again).
(Talbot had wanted me led to a room at the rear of the Court Complex,
but I had refused, telling Police to do it (the search) in view of independent
witnesses (members of the public), as clearly if I was out of public view,
the scope for attacks on me and fabricated allegations against me would
The search by Talbot was both an act of gross intimidation and more
importantly a search for my taping equipment. You see Victoria is unusual
in that court cases are NOT TAPED as a matter of course, meaning that for
most cases there is NO INDEPENDENT RECORD of what is said in court. This
defect in the system is relied upon by corrupt Police to perjure themselves
without fear of ever being taken to task for it, as at the end of the day
there is no indisputable record of what is said. It also allows corrupt
Judges and Magistrates to railroad innocent people without fear of being
made to account for their 'decisions' again because no outsider can accurately
scrutinize evidence given.
In my case here (and other cases) the need to make sure that nothing
is taped is paramount, due to the obvious defects in the Police case and
the similar bias (predetermined decisions) by many Magistrates. Just days
before this incident, Barrister, Joye Elleray had remarked that it was
impossible for Raymond Hoser to ever get a fair trial in a Victorian Court.
Similar remarks had been made previously by (now retired) Magistrate Brian
Clothier as well as (now retired) court Clerk, Dave Barden.
After resuming my seat in Court room 1, my name was called and I was
directed by Magistrate Cousins to the bar table. His opening comment was
"Are you taping me?"
This sort of comment typifies the paranoic fear of the truth by corrupt
elements of the Victorian Judiciary and Police. The logical answer would
be that if the Magistrate was above board and honest, then he'd have nothing
to fear from being taped. I replied that I'd already been searched and
placed the single micro-cassette recorder on the bar table. The Magistrate
then spent the next few minutes repeatedly questioning me if there were
any others. There weren't.
All this for a five minute application!!
It had been unusual for Talbot to return me the recorder immediately
after taking it. Normally, Police hang on to them when they get them. I
can only assume that this relatively unusual act on his part was just more
of his generally erratic and irrational behavior.
I then asked for my adjournment, citing several reasons, well established
case law (which in theory Magistrates should follow), tendered letters
from various parties, including from Robert Balgarnie of the Inverell Forum
dated August 1996, showing how the date clashed with long pre-existing
commitments. I also noted how the Police side had asked for and been given
three adjournments and me none. I further noted that as a matter of course,
protocol in Magistrates courts is that either side can usually get a single
adjournment without question, only later applications are usually needed
to be justified. One of my reasons was also that I had a Barrister to defend
me, but the Barrister could not attend on that date, meaning I would be
disadvantaged by having to represent myself against the Police legal team.
The Police prosecutor opposed the application , but gave NO reasons.
Magistrate Cousins summed up saying, he refused to grant the adjournment
and that 'If you don't come here tomorrow week, then you'll be convicted'.
I suppose that in effect sums up the Victorian justice system. At best
it means 'guilty until proven innocent' - NOT the other way around. And
that assumes no other bias in the judiciary.
That wasn't the only thing that was wrong with this adjournment application.
Talbot chose to reinstate the original two charges, the very charges that
had been withdrawn in front of Cousins, almost a year earlier. I drew this
to the attention of Cousins, to which he replied he had no recollection
of the charges being withdrawn. I asked him to check his notes, to which
he responded that the only thing he had on the file was that I wanted the
case taped! He then allowed all three charges against me to proceed at
the next hearing date.
Because witness statements to Police and the tape recording made by
myself at the time of the accident proved emphatically that I am innocent
of any charges, it would be fair to think that I'd have nothing to fear
from a court hearing of the 'alleged' Police charges. However, noting that
it is likely that the presiding Magistrate will probably prohibit taping
of the hearing and that a 'decision' will have been made long before I
even step into the court room, it is fair for me to be worried about the
You see, in order to get a corrupt decision through a court, both Police
and Magistrate are best off making sure that their dishonesty and corruption
is not in any way recorded. So therefore on the 25th of March 1997, it
is likely that again, I will be undressed before going into the court room,
I will be prohibited from taping another court case and I am liable to
be convicted of something I haven't done.
This article has been written on 18th March 1997. If all goes well,
25th March will be the end of this sorry saga and I will at least be acquitted
of all charges. More likely (based on knowledge that the Prahran court
circuit is known to be one of the more corrupt), there will be an appeal
to the County Court and the whole fiasco will be on again.
As a final note, when Talbot was discussing what charges he could falsify
against me, he stated he was thinking of charging me with 'theft'. How
he came up with that one, I don't know! Which goes to prove that the only
thing limiting what a corrupt Policeman can charge someone with is their
imagination. The above record is also beyond dispute as the key facts (including
scene of the accident following the accident) were tape recorded including
Talbot's quoted statements.
Raymond Hoser's three most recent books about corruption Smuggled,
Smuggled-2 and The Hoser Files were all illegally banned by
named corrupt government officials following publication. While now 'unbanned'
they remain hard to obtain. He is now working on two more books about Police
and Judicial Corruption in Victoria. They will probably be released in
1997 or 1998. Persons interested in obtaining any of Hoser's books are
best off ringing Raymond Hoser direct on 018-588-699 or ordering online
Stop Press : - The result of the above case was decided within 60
seconds of the commencement of the case. On 25th March, Presiding Magistrate
Scottie McLeod allowed Raymond Hoser to tape record the case at his cost.
Police witnesses, including Steven Talbot perjured themselves and were
proven to have done so. The case lasted three days and all charges against
Raymond Hoser were dismissed. Details of the case will be summarised in
a second article published below. Some of the key relevant facts will be
Victoria's Legal System
and Corrupt Police - Another Saga!
By Raymond Hoser.
25th March 1997, was a date when Raymond Hoser (myself) was due to appear
in court in Melbourne. Over the last several years, I have appeared in
court on countless occasions to fight falsified charges. The charges are
laid by corrupt and dishonest government officials with the Victoria Police
and Vicroads. Their motivation has usually been to discredit me as I have
repeatedly exposed corruption by them. You see by getting me labeled as
a 'criminal' with 'criminal convictions' they are able to dupe media and
others into believing that what I say about corruption is incorrect and
that I am a ratbag. Furthermore by directing attention at me and not at
those who are corrupt (them), the corrupt are able to continue with their
A summary of how I came to be at court on 25th March was given above.
However to refresh memories of readers, some points are mentioned again.
Following the accident, Police attended the scene and all witnesses
at the scene, including the man I had hit, agreed that it was the pedestrian's
fault. That was never in dispute. (By the way, it was me who called the
Police and ambulance on my mobile phone and who was the first to offer
assistance to the injured man before bystanders came to help - two male
passengers in the taxi were too drunk to do anything!).
Talbot later fabricated charges against me and had a summons served
on me on my birthday. The charges were 'Dangerous driving' and 'speeding',
both of which were disproved by witness statements made to him. (I had
been stopped seconds earlier, having dropped off two of five passengers,
so wasn't even going anywhere near the 60 kph speed limit!). Talbot was
later stood down as a Policeman after he allegedly bashed a man at Frankston
and was charged over the incident. The Talbot charges were initially dropped,
but later re-instated after another charge of 'careless driving' had been
The sequence of events subject to the charges was as follows:-
On 2nd July 1995, I had picked up four fares in my taxi as a multiple
hiring from the city (Flinders Street Station rank) and dropped two fares
off along Toorak Road. The last was dropped off at the corner of Kooyong
Road, before I u-turned and headed towards the city along Toorak road with
two remaining fares. These were two males, both of whom were sitting in
the front seat. Within 2 blocks of where I had stopped a man standing next
to a parked taxi jumped in front of my oncoming taxi and was hit by the
That man, Rudolf Praxmarer, himself a taxi driver, freely admitted to
Police that he had not seen me coming. Upon collision, one of the passengers,
Adam Glenn Brown, exclaimed 'fuck this, I'm not paying' and fled the scene.
The other passenger, Russell David Lucas, remained at the scene, but did
nothing of use. Both men were by their own admissions very drunk.
I assisted the struck man and called ambulance, etc. About 20 minutes
later, Talbot and Anderson (Police) arrived at the scene and spoke with
me as soon as they stepped out of their car. Talbot and Anderson subsequently
canvassed accounts of events from a number of witnesses and all confirmed
the above and that I was not in any way to blame for the collision. However,
Talbot stated he had no concern with this and along with Anderson discussed
in front of me what charges they could fabricate against me.
The entire incident was taped by myself immediately following impact,
so the account of events after this time by myself cannot be disputed.
Following the accident and after Lucas and Praxmarer had stated that
Praxmarer was liable for the accident, Talbot and Anderson attempted to
alter evidence and construct a case to show that I was in fact culpable
for the accident. About 7 weeks after the accident, on 22nd August, Praxmarer
was induced into writing a letter to me claiming that I was liable for
the accident. My reply dated August 25th, rejected the assertion and referred
him to his earlier admissions.
Furthermore Talbot took a statement from Brown which was clearly a concocted
account which was designed to make me appear liable for the accident. Brown's
sworn statement, essentially said that after the collision he had stayed
around the scene of the accident looking after Praxmarer's welfare and
that I had simply walked around in an aimless manner doing nothing!
This part of his statement could easily have been rebutted by a playing
of the tape recording made after impact as well as the statement by Lucas
that Brown 'did a runner' immediately after the crash.
Brown's sworn statement also said, I had been driving at 80 kph most
of the journey from the city to Toorak and was driving at 80 kph at time
of impact. Brown also stated that there was no parked cars anywhere near
the scene of the accident and that I could have therefore easily swerved
to have missed Praxmarer. Needless to say, the statements by Praxmarer
and Lucas confirmed that Brown had lied on these points as well.
When the case came to court, the Police brief included sworn statements
from Police, Brown, Lucas and Praxmarer. On face value anyway, the statements
tended to show I was innocent of any allegations. Brown's statement which
was the only one adverse to me could easily have been proven as false when
cross referenced with statements of Lucas and Praxmarer. Police had also
taken a statement from myself, but it was not required in any way to prove
The commencement of the case was fairly routine. I asked for the matter
to be taped, while the Police side opposed the application. I got lucky
and the Magistrate allowed the official court recorder to tape the case
- AT MY COST.
While taping of court cases is routine in most places, in Victoria it
is not. This is not by chance. The reason why there is a fear of being
recorded is that the largely corrupt Police and Judiciary, don't want their
corrupt and dishonest actions to be made available for scrutiny, and this
is what tape recordings would allow. No corrupt official wants a case where
an innocent person is convicted of fabricated charges to be scrutinized
and so taping must be a no-no.
To be allowed to tape record a Magistrate's court case in Melbourne
is relatively rare and as soon as Magistrate Scottie McLeod allowed me
to tape record the case, I effectively knew I had won. Before any witness
had made a single verbal statement as evidence, I knew that on the written
statements alone, I was (in theory) a free man.
In the witness box, three witnesses for the Police side decided to further
perjure themselves in a (failed) bid to convict me of the alleged offences.
Because Praxmarer had already repeatedly stated he had not seen my car
coming towards him, he really was not in a position to deny liability.
However he attempted to do so anyway. Sometime after he'd been giving evidence,
he claimed he hadn't seen me coming because my headlights were not on.
This assertion was later rebutted by both Lucas and Brown who stated that
they had seen Praxmarer in my headlights!
Praxmarer told the court that the letter I had sent him in August in
reply to his letter was rude and offensive. I asked him to say in what
way and he falsely alleged I had swore at him in the letter. I produced
a copy of the letter sent, which showed nothing of what he alleged, and
then Praxmarer claimed the letter I had tendered was not that which he
had received. This lie by Praxmarer became my next line of questioning.
Initially he claimed to have 'lost' the letter, but following direction
by the Judge to the Police Prosecutor a copy of the same letter emerged
from the Police file.
I asked for an apology from the Police/Praxmarer for falsely asserting
that I had faked a letter. Instead no apology was forthcoming, and Praxmarer
claimed his 'mistake' was due his being high on drugs! I suppose that's
a great excuse if caught for perjury. But what about the poor person who
may convicted as a result of such perjury?
Praxmarer in his evidence did confirm a number of key points however,
including that he had not seen me, stepped out from next to a parked car
and that there was oncoming cars the other way. This meant that because
he had stepped in front of my moving taxi and as there was no where for
me to swerve (cars on either side), I could not have been liable for the
Brown was the witness the Police had pinned their hopes on. Remember
he was the man who ran off at the scene of the accident. I was unable to
find out the background of the man (nor did I try), but can safely assume
he has some sort of form with the Police. (His attitude and manner was
not unlike that of another Police witness against me in another case. That
Man, Brett David Winduss, of Kew, falsely claimed that I had assaulted
a woman. He later admitted to having been paid cash by Police to lie in
court. Furthermore it turned out that he was a child molester who was being
protected by corrupt Police. He was eventually jailed for one such a crime).
Brown asserted I had driven at 80 kmh at the time I had hit Praxmarer
(in a 60 zone). When I put it to him, how I could have got up to such a
high speed after just dropping a fare off just meters earlier, he asserted,
'you were traveling downhill'. That was a lie.
I produced photos of the road at the scene of the accident and asked
him to identify the accident site. The photos showed a section of road
facing uphill at a fairly steep grade (Toorak Road, between Myora and Irving
Roads, before a set of pedestrian lights). He denied this was the spot
and said (on oath) that the scene was further along the road, over the
What Brown didn't know, was that before being called into the witness
box, the Police themselves had agreed that the photos showed the accident
site, as had Praxmarer. (Police had stated the accident occurred 46 metres
east of Irving Road). In other words, Brown had falsely asserted I was
driving down hill in order to back up his other false assertion that I
was doing 80 kph.
Brown asserted that prior to the crash I was being followed by two other
taxis which he claimed to have seen in my rear view mirror. When I questioned
how he could have seen the mirror and rear view from where he was sitting,
he said it was easy and anyone could do it. Magistrate McLeod noted how
Brown must have been lying on this one! This claim about the two taxis
fitted in with a story fabricated by Brown that he had got into one of
them after the crash (after he'd looked after the wounded, etc., which
was also a fabrication).
Although in his written statement to Police, Brown said that he had
not looked to see if there was oncoming traffic, at the time of the accident,
he asserted that there was none, when giving sworn evidence in the witness
box. However he dug himself an even greater hole when he asserted that
as we were traveling downhill he could see a long way ahead. In fact we
were within meters of a crest, a fact specifically measured by the Police!
and confirmed by all other witnesses.
When Brown was questioned as to why he fled the scene he stated that
although he had been drunk the real reason was that he was scared. He stated
that he had watched my speedo hovering around 80 kph for most of the trip
and 'I was very, very, scared'. I asked him, what kind of speedo I had
in the taxi and his reply was 'a standard speedo'. My response, 'A good
answer, but was it a digital one, with numbers, or one with a dial and
needle'. His response 'I can't remember'. The real reason was because he
Brown tried to discredit Lucas (who'd said he'd 'did runner'), by stating
that he slept for most of the journey as he was drunk. While Lucas had
freely conceded he was drunk, he swore emphatically that he hadn't slept
in the taxi.
When Brown claimed I was an erratic and dangerous driver, I put it to
him that if I was so bad, why did he freely get into my taxi just two weeks
later in another multiple hiring from Flinders Street Station just two
weeks later. His reply was 'I have never been in a taxi with you since'.
When I asked if he would deny having shared a taxi with at least two other
men on Saturday 15th July 1995, he then changed his story to that he had
ridden in my taxi since but that my original question had confused him!
On that second occasion, he had attempted to jump and run the taxi without
paying. I suppose this says something about the sort of people corrupt
police use to try to frame innocents of charges.
Brown was clearly a compulsive liar. He would tell lies even when there
was no logical reason to, or when there was nothing to be gained by doing
In terms of getting into the taxi at Flinders Street Station he said
he'd got into the taxi at the same time as Lucas and had expected Lucas
to pay his fare (which was an excuse as to why he had run away at the time
of the crash). Brown stated that before I had arrived at Flinders Street
Station the two men had been standing together and talking and had decided
to go in one taxi home together. In fact Lucas had been first to get into
the taxi and Brown had been standing some way up the line.
In his sworn evidence, Lucas confirmed that he had never spoken to Brown
before getting into the taxi and that neither had ever discussed anything
like sharing fares, etc., even when in the taxi and sitting next to one
Brown concocted a number of other stories which were systematically
rebutted by other crown witnesses. As for what happened after impact, the
tape recording by myself wasn't needed to rebut a thing Brown said, as
Praxmarer and Lucas did this for me already.
Although Lucas was called as a Police witness he confirmed that everything
I did was above board and proper. He confirmed that Praxmarer had asked
me to move his taxi and that a few minutes after I had hit Praxmarer, I
had saved his life by moving my own taxi into a position in front of him
to prevent oncoming cars coming over the crest of the hill from running
Police were originally to call three Police officers as witnesses. Talbot
was the first. He swore himself into the witness box and commenced lying
almost immediately. His evidence was wrong on most counts and I won't go
through all of them here. However he stated that upon arrival at the scene
he attended to Praxmarer, spoke to a number of witnesses and then went
in search for the driver of the taxi (me). He then stated he eventually
found me 'wandering around aimlessly'. He refused to elaborate on what
that meant. When I put it to him that he had lied and that he had spoken
to me as soon as his car pulled up at the scene, he emphatically denied
it. However the tape of the incident proved that to be the case. Talbot's
first words were to me! He stepped out of the car and spoke to me, who
was standing next to the car waiting for him.
Talbot was shown to have lied about skidmarks allegedly made by my taxi.
He claimed I had skidded 14 meters before impact. All witnesses were adamant
that I had not skidded. Furthermore at the time of the crash, Talbot and
Anderson were frantically running around trying to work out which skid
marks were mine. You see the accident occurred in proximity to a set of
pedestrian lights and there were skidmarks all over the road. But none
Talbot lied about a whole host of statements he had made, which he denied
making when on oath. The tape proved him a perjurer.
Talbot's evidence was so bad, that two other Police scheduled to appear
as witnesses, namely Anderson and another officer by the name of David
Taylor, pulled out at the last moment. Prior to this, the Magistrate had
repeatedly made comments to the effect that I could put all this in another
book. Perhaps this scared them off.
At the conclusion of the three day case, the magistrate noted how Brown
and Praxmarer had lied on oath and could not be believed. He cited a whole
host of impossible statements made by both men. Lucas had effectively said
nothing more than he was drunk as a skunk and could remember hardly anything.
However virtually everything he remembered further proved the faults in
the fabricated Police case.
The Police case/charges were dismissed and I was acquitted. I then asked
for my costs as a result of me having to defend the matter. I sought witness
costs as well as other costs incurred, such as time not spent selling books,
writing books, fauna consulting, etc. I also sought the $700 dollars spent
by Robert Balgarnie at the last moment to fly me to Inverell for a conference
due to the refusal by Police to adjourn the case, which had been improperly
scheduled to clash with the earlier commitment, noting it had earlier been
planned for me to be driven there by Ray Platt of 'The Strategy' Newspaper,
who was going to the same venue.
The Magistrate gave me a total of $150 in costs. My losses as a result
of proving my innocence was at least an estimated $4,000. In other words,
although I had a clear unequivocal win in the legal sense, I was in fact
the loser. All the Police, and their witnesses were fully paid for their
time spent in court. I was the only one who wasn't. Perhaps this says something
about our system of justice.
As we were packing up our files to leave the court, Talbot said to me
'I am going to come after you and next time I'll get you properly'. Leaving
the court room a female officer said 'we'll get you next time!'.
There is another side to this whole sorry saga. What about the men who
were proven to have committed perjury. Perjury is supposedly a serious
offence, carrying a maximum of many years jail. The Magistrate stated quite
freely that Brown and Praxmarer had lied. He said this repeatedly. He went
on to state he placed no weight on what Talbot said. But yet no charges
will be laid against any of them. The result of this is obvious. While
it is unlikely that Praxmarer will be rushing back into court, Talbot and
Brown will no doubt be back again at later times. Both men now know that
they can lie in court and get away with it. Talbot as a uniformed Police
officer, quite probably lies on court on a near daily basis! In the case
of Talbot, not only has he got away with lying in court, but after he'd
been caught red-handed in a way that cannot be disputed. The message for
all is obvious. If employed by the Victorian government, you can lie in
court as you wish, because even if you get caught out, no Magistrate or
Judge will ever have you charged! However it would be safe to say that
this leniency will not be afforded to those who defend themselves against
corrupt government officials.
A third and important thing needs to be noted. At the time of the accident
I tape recorded what happened and what was said immediately following the
accident. At the time there was no question as to who was liable (at fault).
However after adverse influence (police), Praxmarer attempted to force
liability to me (at my cost). The use of a tape recorder to covertly tape
any incident that may later end up in court is a vital aid to honest people
who go to court and expect the truth to be heard. The mere fact that a
person steps into a witness box and undertakes verbally to tell the truth,
does not mean they will in fact tell the truth. Their failure to tell the
truth may cost the innocent party dearly. A judiciously used tape recorder
by an innocent party, may ultimately lead to the difference between a person
being declared 'innocent' or 'guilty' (convicted).
Raymond Hoser's three most recent books about corruption 'Smuggled',
'Smuggled-2' and 'The Hoser Files' were all
illegally banned by named corrupt government officials following publication.
While now 'unbanned' they remain hard to obtain. He is now working on two
more books about Police and Judicial Corruption in Victoria. They will
probably be released in 1997 or 1998. Persons interested in obtaining any
of Hoser's books are best off ringing Raymond Hoser direct on 0412-777-211
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STOP PRESS: Corrupt Policeman STEVEN TALBOT (see above) was found against in December 1999 in a Victorian Magistrates Court of having unlawfully taken a motor vehicle. According to Colman Francis Moloney, the lawyer representing the man who had the 1983 Holden Jackaroo Station Wagon taken, Talbot was found guilty of the unlawful removal of the vehicle and ordered to return the car and as co-defendant, to pay costs of $592.50. The court orders are reproduced in the pdf file at the link here. Notwithstanding this adverse court finding, his job within the Victorian Police force remains safe.
STOP PRESS -2: Corrupt Policeman STEVEN RAYMOND TALBOT (see above) has been up to more questionable activities. Late in 2001 he bludgeoned and intimidated a couple (Roxanne Marciarti and Greg Basinski) into pleading guilty to a series of improperly laid indictable assault charges arising from a fracas at a Chinese Restuarant in Mitcham. The case was heard in front of Magistrate Bill O'Day in late 2001, whereupon he convicted the pair of assault and fined them a total of $4000 in late 2001. It was quite a turn of events considering that the pair had been set-upon and attacked at the restuarant and left in the back of an ambulance whereafter they were patched up at hospital and Greg got several stitches to the skull.The Herald-Sun newspaper reported the case, complete with photo, but appeared to have omitted numerous and most important salient facts, thereby presenting a very perverse slant on the case that it headlined as "Restuarant Rage".
Meanwhile the conviction and $4000 in fines were appealed to the County Court (result not yet known). Magistrate Bill O'Day is adversely named in "The Hoser Files". Talbot is adversely mentioned in a chapter detailing his nefarious activities in the book "Victoria Police Corruption -2". The relevant chapter is titled "How low can they go?". Roxanne Marciarti and Greg Basinski are both generally regarded as "squares" with no "priors" in relation to the police and/or alleged criminal activity, but their lives have been trashed over this Talbot matter.Meanwhile, yet, further adverse case material relating to corrupt cop Steven Raymond Talbot in relation to yet ANOTHER incident has also become known and yet the Commissioner, Ms. Christine Nixon steadfastly refuses to sack him, thus indicating that police protection of corrupt officers within the force continues unabated despite a changing of Chief Commissioner in late 2000 - early 2001.
Further Update on another Talbot victim - Oratio Bellofiore who was wrongly charged by Talbot for driving offences - and fronted Ringwood Magistrates court for a "mention" on the matter/charges on 20 November 2001 - see below
Subject: Re: Update
Date: 21 Nov 2001 11:07:01 +1100
From: "Roxanne Marcianti"
Yes it was adjourned but I don't know when. I spoke to him (Oratio) last night and
the poor guy is still in shock over Talbot. He's only 20 yrs old and got
the full Talbot treatment...Vulgarity and all. Anyway I think he's really
scared. I think if you ring the Ringwood Court, they'd be able to tell you.
Also...I understand that you added Greg & my story to your website. That's
fine but I think if you included the fact that at the time of the surprise
arrest @ 11.15 on a Friday night; I told Talbot that I was 5 months pregnant
and had just miscarried my twin fetus and was presently bleeding. I had
been ordered by my Dr. to bedrest as he feared the placenta could have come
away from the uterine wall with the live baby inside me. I told all this to
Talbot and yet he still threw Greg & I into the back of his little golf cart
(div van) onto bare metal seats, no time nor instructions to put on a
seatbelt and jumped into the car and drove like a bat out of hell to the
police station....meanwhile laughing with his partner Leighton, and tossing
Greg and I all over the back. Once there, separated Greg and I and had me
stripped searched by a female officer despite my begging her not to for
obvious reasons and the fact that I was pregnant. You may wish to include
that the surprise arrest took place 10 months after the incident!
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