“I’ve Suffered Enough” says Craig Thomson
Former federal MP, and frequenter of Australian brothels Craig Thomson, wants the Fair Work Commission’s civil lawsuit against him dismissed because he is “too mentally fragile.”
Thomson, who represented himself in the federal court on Monday, said the legal battle risked causing “serious deterioration of his mental health” and that there would be “no point in punishing him,” because he had “already suffered enough.”
In an emotional opening address, Mr Thomson, who is accused of misappropriating $243,000 of Health Services Union funds, said he contemplates ending his life every day and that his wife is too scared to leave him at home alone.
“What punishment would possibly be greater than what I’ve already been through in the past six years,” Thomson said. “This case should be dismissed.”
The Fair Work Commission is suing Mr Thomson following his misuse of Health Services Union funds.
Thomson was found guilty of 65 charges of theft and fraud last year in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, but he escaped jail time after his lawyers launched an appeal.
He said there was no public good in the case going ahead as he was in no position to pay fines and had already been through two criminal trials.
Thomson said he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and psychosis, and the trauma he had endured was exacerbated by media scrutiny.
“Without the help of mental health professionals I am not able to proceed,” Thomson said.
However Federal Court judge Christopher Jessup ruled the Fair Work Commission’s claim for compensation and damages will go ahead.