Capilano Honey

Capilano Honey fail to have legal representation in court to face criminal contempt charges

I filed criminal contempt charges against Capilano Honey, CEO Ben McKee, their barristers and lawyers on the 8th of March 2019 and they showed up to court for the first directions hearing (22/3/19) with no legal representation. If Capilano were still a listed company it would be scandalous but even so it is extremely embarrassing. Playing for time is the obvious reason but I am sure their new Chinese shareholders would not be happy and I suspect behind the scenes there would be infighting between the new owners, the management and the lawyers.

What the new shareholders would be wondering is why they were never advised that Capilano was in a lot of legal trouble and I’m sure they were never advised that Capilano, their CEO and lawyers were looking down the barrel of criminal charges. But the new owners should have been advised of exactly that as I raised the criminal contempt allegations in court in early 2018 as the charge sheet shows and well before that on my website. The new shareholders would also be wondering if they should admit liability now and take the punishment or pay a small fortune to try to defend the indefensible?

Until last year the company was listed on the Australian stock market with Kerry Stokes the largest shareholder with about 20% of the shares. Then late last year there was a buyout with Stokes retaining a shareholding, two investment firms, ROC and Wattle Hill RHC, buying shares and a number of Chinese investors buying stock. They should have all been advised that Capilano Honey had major legal issues that could impact on the company. If they weren’t advised of that they could potentially sue the former directors and management which would likely include suing Kerry Stokes as he had a director appointed to the Capilano Honey board at the time of the sale and from media reports he was very active in the buyout negotiations.

Capilano Honey started suing me in October 2016 because of an article I published in September 2016 titled Australia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumers and they went to court and had illegal suppression orders issued. Once they had the suppression orders they played delaying tactics dragging the matter out in typical SLAPP lawsuit fashion. In June 2018 the suppression orders were lifted and Capilano wasted more time and appealed which they lost badly in October 2018 with the appeal court saying the suppression orders had “an unjustifiable chilling effect on freedom of speech“.

Capilano’s new shareholders ROC managing partner Mike Lukin, Capilano CEO Ben McKee and Wattle Hill RHC founding partner Albert Tse.


I’ve sent the below email to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Attorney-General Mark Speakman, Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and Justice Clifton Hoeben which outlines the scandalous situation and we’ll see what the response is. Below is also a video I filmed and uploaded to Twitter and Facebook on the day of the directions hearing. (22/3/19)

Sent: 30 March 2019 22:05
Subject: Corrupt conduct by Attorney-General Mark Speakman, Chief Justice Bathurst and Justice Clifton Hoeben

Dear Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Attorney-General Mark Speakman, Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and Justice Clifton Hoeben

I spent 4 months in jail last year for contempt of court for calling Justice Clifton Hoeben a paedophile and registrar Christopher Bradford a suspected paedophile and known bribe taker when I was in court on the 3rd of February 2017. I have further court matters including a defamation matter known as Capilano Honey v Shane Dowling and Justice Clifton Hoeben is currently acting as the defamation list judge and the matter was set down before him for directions last Friday (22/3/19).

I asked Justice Hoeben to stand down from hearing the matter based on perceived bias and he refused.

I also pointed out to Justice Hoeben that Chief Justice Tom Bathurst ordered senior court staff (CEO and Principle Registrar Chris D’Aeth and The Prothonotary Rebel Kenna) to have the police charge me for an email I sent in September 2016 to all the judges of the NSW Supreme Court accusing 15 judges, 1 magistrate and 2 registrars of being paedophiles or suspected paedophiles and also raising judicial bribery allegations. The email included calling Justice Hoeben a paedophile and I published an article in September 2016 titled “Paedophile priest gets 3 months jail for raping 3 boys by NSW Supreme Court’s Justice Hoeben” with the email in the article. (Click here to read the article)

The article is still on my website and no one has ever complained, and the police never asked me to take down the article even though it was part of their brief of evidence so everyone was aware of the article. The NSW police charged me in June 2017 in relation to the email for breaching section 474.17 of the Criminal Code: “using a carriage service to menace, harass, or cause offence”. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions took over the prosecution and dropped the charge in March 2018 as it was frivolous, vexatious and malicious. This is further grounds why Justice Hoeben should not be hearing any matters involving me and why an interstate judge needs be appointed to hear any matters involving me.

I asked Justice Hoeben if he had been contacted by the police in relation to the email police charge, as the police told me they would be contacting everyone named in the email but Justice Hoeben refused to answer and said words to the effect “ I won’t be answering any questions like that”. Why wouldn’t he? I can only assume he did speak to the police in relation to my published allegation that he is a known paedophile and this is a another reason why he shouldn’t be hearing matters involving me.

The reason I was in court on Friday (22/3/19) before Justice Hoeben was because Justice Lucy McCallum refused to have 2 matters set down for directions as she said she was no longer the defamation list judge and she told me I had to contact Justice Hoeben. This was odd as Justice McCallum and her associate were aware of why I was in jail and they should have set the matters down, not refer me to Justice Hoeben.

Be that as it may, I contacted Justice Hoeben on the 7/2/19 but he ignored my email where I said “I am writing to request that the Capilano Honey v Shane Dowling (2016/299522) and the Jane Doe v Shane Dowling (2016/383575) matters be set down ASAP for urgent directions”. In that email I also asked for an interstate judge. (See attached email)

This left me with no choice but to file a Notice of Motion to have the matter set down which I did. The motion focuses on criminal contempt charges against Capilano Honey, CEO Ben McKee and their lawyers which includes barristers Sandy Dawson SC and Monique Cowden and lawyers Richard Keegan, Martin O’Connor and Alexander Latu and they are all individually named as respondents and face possible jail time.

At the directions hearing (22/3/19) Justice Hoeben made it very clear he was in the hip pocket of Capilano Honey and their lawyers. Capilano Honey and their lawyers had no legal representation for the contempt charges and barrister Sandy Dawson asked for a 2-week adjournment to get legal representation for Capilano Honey, himself and the other lawyers charged as they will all require lawyers to represent them. Justice Hoeben gave them until the 3rd of May which is over 5 weeks. I argued against 5 weeks as it is way too long as the average person would only get 2 or 3 weeks to organize a lawyer but Justice Hoeben said that was the next available time he had.

Justice Hoeben also set down on the 3rd of May Capilano Honey’s Notice of Motion they filed last year to have my defence struck out. I pointed out that Capilano’s Notice of Motion is only in relation to Capilano CEO Ben McKee’s defamation case against me. I said to Justice Hoeben that Capilano Honey have sued me for injures falsehood and there is a reverse onus of proof, so they are required to file evidence to prove their claim and they have not done so for over 2 ½ years. I said that evidence that Capilano filed to get dodgy suppression orders and a super-injunction in 2016 was ridiculed as hearsay evidence, second-hand hearsay evidence and non-existent evidence by a unanimous decision by the Court of Appeal in a judgment in October 2018. (Click here to read the judgment) I asked Justice Hoeben to issue orders for Capilano Honey to file their evidence but he refused.

Justice Hoeben only set down Capilano’s Notice of Motion for a 2-hour hearing even though I asked for a full day. Justice Hoeben did this on the instructions of Capilano Honey’s barrister Sandy Dawson who argued that he would only be 20 minutes and it should only be a 2 hour hearing so Justice Hoeben could personally hear it.

Breach of the Barrister Rules and Solicitor Rules

The only lawyers at the hearing on Friday the 22/3/19 were barrister Sandy Dawson and lawyers Richard Keegan and Alexander Latu. All three have been charged with criminal contempt for trying to destroy evidence and attempting to interfere with a witness etc. (Click here to read the judgment) Under the Barrister Rules and Solicitor Rules as soon as they become aware that they will be a material witness in a matter they have to stop representing the client. They are well aware of this and Justice Hoeben should not have allowed Sandy Dawson to represent Capilano Honey on that day even though he only asked for an adjournment to get legal counsel for Capilano Honey, Ben McKee and the others charged. They had 2 weeks to get lawyers as I filed the criminal contempt charges on the 8/3/19 and they could have found a lawyer to show up for the direction hearing. The exact section of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2015 is:

27   Solicitor as material witness in client’s case

27.1  In a case in which it is known, or becomes apparent, that a solicitor will be required to give evidence material to the determination of contested issues before the court, the solicitor may not appear as advocate for the client in the hearing.

Disturbingly, Justice Hoeben said it was ok for barrister Sandy Dawson to represent himself for the criminal contempt charge and has also allowed Sandy Dawson to represent Capilano Honey in their Notice of Motion on the 3rd of May. That’s not how the Barrister Rules and Solicitor Rules work. Sandy Dawson is now a material witness as he was also been charged with criminal contempt and should no longer have any dealings representing Capilano Honey and their CEO Ben McKee. And once again this shows that Justice Hoeben is in Capilano Honey’s hip pocket.

I instituted the criminal contempt charges by filing a Notice of Motion but Justice Hoeben said to Sandy Dawson that it should have been instituted by a summons. Sandy Dawson replied that is correct in relation to the lawyers as they are not applicants in the matter. It is not for Justice Hoeben to give legal advice to Sandy Dawson from the bench and just proves his blatant bias. I pointed out that even if correct the criminal contempt charges against Capilano Honey and CEO Ben McKee can proceed as they are parties to the matter and if I need to file and serve a summons for criminal contempt charges against the barristers and lawyers then I will look at adding further applicants such as Capilano Honey shareholders Kerry Stokes and Albert Tse. The reality is that Justice Hoeben was doing nothing more than trying to assist Capilano Honey and Sandy Dawson to use a technicality to delay and/or avoid criminal contempt charges.

Underlying all this is the fact that I filed an application for Special Leave to Appeal to High Court of Australia in relation to the 4 months jail I did last year in relation to calling Justice Hoeben a paedophile in court. One of the issues that will be argued in the High Court is whether or not Justice Hoeben is a paedophile and whether or not me calling him a paedophile in court is protected by the implied freedom of political communication as per the Australian constitution. This is another reason why Justice Hoeben should not be hearing any matter involving me and an interstate judge should be appointed to hear my matters.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman and Chief Justice Tom Bathurst are well aware of the issues and have done nothing so I expect you to do something Premier Berejiklian Please respond ASAP.


Shane Dowling

Kangaroo Court of Australia

Below is the video I filmed directly after court (22/3/19) and which I uploaded to Twitter on the day. The picture at the start is Justice Clifton Hoeben.


The battle between myself and Capilano Honey, which has been driven by Kerry Stokes, has been going on since September 2016 and they are the ones very much on the back foot now. The contempt proceedings against Capilano could be used as a template for others who want to institute criminal proceedings against other parties and their lawyers who are abusing the legal system.

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15 replies »

    • Yes.. agreed the legal system is corrupt under the current Liberal government but it would be just as corrupt under a Labor government… the entire judicial system needs much closer scrutiny and correction.!!

  1. What an absolute travesty of Justice. You are obviously, well versed in Law and still you get dudded. How on earth can the average bloke get justice if you can’t? I have the utmost respect for your perseverance! For whatever it’s worth I’ll send an email to Ms Berejiklian in your support!

  2. They simply don’t know what to do with you … an ordinary bloke using their own corrupt system against them … and making fools out of them.

    What can they do with a far-from-ordinary bloke who refuses to be intimidated even by the full resources of the Crown and its highly paid (off) minions? Corruption has been part of NSW’s DNA since the days of the Rum Rebellion and not much has changed … they’ve just become increasingly blatant about their power to destroy anyone who challenges them.

    Is there a jurisdiction in the entire country who would give you a fair hearing ‘without fear or favour’? I doubt it.

    Meanwhile, just know that you have the support and respect of all who have followed this sorry saga for years. Thank you for what you do on behalf of all Australians.

    • Hear, hear!
      You have some”guts. Admire you and as said above,
      THANK YOU, because in a way you re “fighting” on behalve of
      us most ordinary Australians. Go!

  3. OMG this is way beyond a travesty! If someone with your legal knowledge can be not only wound in legal tape for years but imprisoned, what hope the rest of us! A bleeding disgrace and let’s hope the new NSW Premier, Ms Berejiklian is on the ball and looking out for “us” and not them! As always, I so admire your intestinal fortitude!

  4. Excellent,
    Continue thrusting the pen, it is mightier than the sword and hopefully in the near, near future those self-opinionated law buffoons will fall on their swords
    …. …. …. …. …. …. ….

    An extremely large shopping mall has recently opened in our vicinity, including a larger-than-usual Woolworth’s store.
    At eye level in one aisle is a section which is chock-a-block full of Capilano and Allowrie honey.

    It’s time that Woolworth;s were fined $$$$millions for selling poisonous food.

  5. I read and I believe. You continue to have my full support from as far back as the outset. I too have war stories of government questionable and corrupt behaviours and cover-ups. I nearly took government legal officers and other executives before the court for obstruction of Justice and contempt of court last year.
    Matters influenced me that I didn’t need the grief that would come my way. In hindsight, some of that grief still did come my way, so I was naive to believe them when I stopped.

  6. I wish you all the best but Gladys will do nothing myself and others have met with Gladys in regards to fraud insider trading corruption changing in gif legal documents etc about Department of Primary Industries and the minister Niall Blair she has done nothing we have all the evidence and still nothing

  7. With a looming federal election it’s time ordinary Australians collectively organised to call out the political and judicial corruption that is absolutely rampant in this country. Enough is bloody enough!

  8. The Rule of Law

    Edward III proscribed lawyers from the British Parliament in 1372. It took 80 years for them to become re-established as MPs. Lawyers have a vested interest in writing law in imprecise terms . Their profession can then debate the written laws and derive income while so doing.

    In every dispute that warrants prosecution in Court there will be at least three lawyers involved. One will win, one will lose, while the third adiudicates. All will be paid.

    Judges have the best T&C of any profession. They write their own job description, choose meaning to the words they use, while holding political appointment and tenure.

    Edward had the right idea.

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