MICHAEL Madden, the solicitor for Cyril Smith and Brian Wood, said outside Bathurst Local Court yesterday when people are engaged in political disputes, arguments and criticism it should be settled outside a courtroom.
Acknowledging the expenses involved for both sides, Mr Madden said bringing the case before the courts was a waste of court time and money.
“The police made a decision not to take out orders against my clients and this has now taken up way too much time,” he said.
Mr Madden said he had spoken to his clients about magistrate Michael Allen’s comments in relation to their behaviour and the way the Orange Ratepayers’ Association was involved.
“They have taken on board the magistrate’s criticism and have informed they will take it back to their group to discuss a way to formulate for the future what is a more legitimate role,” he said.
Mr Wood said Fiona Rossiter’s application for personal apprehended violence orders had taken its toll on both men and their families.
“It has meant a great deal of emotional pressure,” he said.
“But we have taken on board what the magistrate said.”
Mr Smith said believed the message given to councillor Kevin Duffy in Summer Street in September last year that Ms Rossiter was “digging a hole for herself was misinterpreted.
“It was meant to be caring in nature, and it didn’t warrant court action,” he said.