One of the men found to have defamed Joe Karam has applied
Mr Karam last month won one of the largest defamation payouts
in the country against website publisher and online
commentator Kent Parker and online commentator Victor
Mr Parker at the time told the Otago Daily Times he
would appeal the decision of Justice Patricia Courtney, who
ordered him to pay damages of $350,500.
Mr Purkiss was ordered to pay $184,500.
Mr Parker yesterday confirmed he was no longer intended to
appeal the decision, and had instead applied for bankruptcy.
''I just don't have anything like that,'' Mr Parker, the
Justice for Robin Bain spokesman, said.
''If I had anything like that money I would have been able to
put a better defence than I did.''
Mr Parker admitted under cross-examination by Mr Karam's
lawyer, Michael Reed QC, that he could not prove his claims.
Asked how he felt when filing for bankruptcy, he replied: ''I
have kind of already dealt with it.''
He did not know the whereabouts of Mr Purkiss, whom the
ODT has been unable to contact.
Mr Karam, who was also awarded payment of costs anticipated
to be about $500,000, said: ''It is bloody disappointing he
doesn't have any money.''
The David Bain supporter took a defamation case against the
pair for a ''full-scale assault'' on his reputation after Mr
Bain was in 2009 cleared of murdering five members of his
Mr Karam said last month if the pair did not pay him, he
would instigate bankruptcy proceedings against them.