She walked into the courtroom, like she was walking on to a yacht…
There was media all over the place, there was a lady crying out for the bible of a deceased relative, and there were three ladies who looked like they’d just stepped out of a 70’s hair salon after they’d just asked for the Charlies Angel’s look. However, unfortunately for them all, it looked like they only found the apprentice.
That’s right, it is now Kathy Jackson’s turn to play the defendant, and to most observers it would seem like she had not a care in the world.
Jackson of course was once an angel, well to some at least. Now however she is very much the fallen angel in the eyes of most.
Kathy Jackson, the self-proclaimed whistleblower today found herself in Melbourne Magistrates Court facing 70 charges of “Obtain Financial Advantage By Deception”, a fraud related charge. These came after a joint investigation by Victoria Police and the Organised and Major Crime division of the Federal Police called Taskforce Heracles.
Today Kathy didn’t have a Michael on each arm, with both Lawler and Smith nowhere in sight.
However, there was one other friendly face, that of Katherine Wilkinson whose signature appears on so many of Kathy’s HSU cheque requisitions. Perhaps Wilkinson was really only there to try ensure Jackson doesn’t dump on her. Good luck with that.
The Court Mention was scheduled for Court 3 but had to be moved at the last-minute to Court 1 due to the number of media and spectators.
After a few other cases were heard it was time for Kathy to face the music.
Jackson has chosen to fight the charges against her much to the delight of the press as this means it will turn into a three ringed circus as everyone gets hauled before the court.
Kathy’s bail conditions were decided upon and they include the surrender of Jackson’s passport, she is not allowed to make contact with any of the prosecution witnesses when she finds out who they are in a couple of days, she is not allowed in the departure section of an international terminal of an airport and she is not allowed to move from her current South Coast residence at Wombara.
After seeking as much time as possible to go through the prosecutions 5,000 page brief, the date for the commencement of the Committal Hearing was scheduled for 24th January 2017.
There was some debate regarding the charge sheets and the publication of Jackson’s home address on them, with Jackson claiming that someone had previously attempted to burn her house down. This was in reference to the fire that further delayed her Federal Court appearance, a fire the Fire Brigade and police classed as not suspicious.
At the end of the brief Court Mention Jackson was warned of the consequences, which included being placed in custody, should she breach any of her bail conditions.
On level two whilst waiting for the official charge sheets I briefly had Kathy behind me in the queue waiting to sign her bail forms, there was none of the bravado commentary like there was at the Royal Commission, but there certainly didn’t look like a lot of stress in those eyes either. Press were sent to a counter nearby to await the charge sheets and I watched as Jackson accepted her bail conditions with a make-up brush in one hand as she prepared to walk through the press pack gathered outside.
Outside Jackson strutted through the press and there was a small scene as a lady accidentally stood on the back of one of Kathy’s friends shoes as they crossed the road. Kathy’s friend carried on like Lady Muck calling it assault and so forth, the scene was captured on video
The lady in question was in court today with her friend Jackie Fischer.
Jackie is the sister of Sean Fischer, the man who was found dead at Kathy Jackson and Michael Lawler’s Wombara home in March.
Jackie is upset that Jackson and Lawler have refused to return any of Sean’s personnel effects including his computer, his mobile phone, and in particular a bible that apparently holds great sentimental value.
Sean crossed paths with Jackson at the Wollongong Private Psychiatric Hospital where Jackie feels Jackson sought to take advantage of his vulnerabilities. Despite her brother’s death at her premises Jackson has not offered sympathy, or even engaged with Jackie at all, let alone return the possessions of the brother she still mourns.
In a strange move Kathy and her posse decided to have a coffee on the footpath with the media watching rather than venture to any one of the number of nearby café’s, thus showing that despite pretending to be dodging media, she clearly can’t get enough of it. Vanity can be a curse.
We’ll see how far into January and February it lasts.