FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SYDNEY GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST GARRY BURNS CLEARED BY MORWELL DETECTIVES OF COUNCILLOR CHRISTINE SINDT’S BLACKMAIL ALLEGATION
20 October 2016
Sydney Anti Discrimination Campaigner Garry Burns lodged a homosexuality vilification complaint under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 ( NSW ) against Councillor Christine Sindt on the 30 June 2015 over her publication to her Facebook page statement’s adverse to him and fellow homosexual men.
Those statements published to Councillor Sindt’s Facebook page compared homosexuals to paedophiles and suggested children were somehow at risk or in danger from homosexual men based on homosexuality as it’s reasoning.
Councillor Sindt was at the time of the lodgement of the complaint by Mr Burns a Councillor of La Trobe City Council.
On the 9 October 2015 at 1413 pm Councillor Sindt filed a complaint with Morwell Detective Raymond Coles that Mr Burns blackmailed her by email.
On the same day at around 1818 pm Councillor Sindt wrote to the President of the NSW ADB seeking a delay.
One of her reasons was :
- Garry Burns is under investigation by Morwell Criminal Investigation Unit for Blackmail.
Mr Burns has had a serious criminal allegation hanging over his head for over 12 months.
Mr Burns has not formally had any allegation put to him by Morwell detectives in relation to Councillor Sindt’s allegation.
“ Detective Raymond Coles moved so slow in his investigation of this matter one wouldn’t be able to hear his thongs slap”, said Mr Burns.
On the 20 October 2016 Mr Burns received a letter ( attached ) from Detective Coles stating in part;
“ I am writing to inform you that the matter has been investigated on the evidence supplied by Mrs Sindt. Based on the available material, we have established that the allegation does not amount to a criminal offence “.
“ I am very angry because I have had a serious criminal allegation hanging over my head for over 12 long months that carries 15 years aggregate imprisonment upon conviction in Victoria. All I did was send Councillor Sindt a without prejudice letter to settle the matter between us and I’m suddenly under investigation for the serious crime of blackmail ”, Mr Burns said.
Councillor Christine Sindt