A COUPLE jailed for nine months for contempt of court for refusing to withdraw claims an occult group was killing children were freed yesterday after spending seven weeks in jail.
Vivienne Legg and Dyson Devine were jailed for failing to remove allegations that the secretive international society Ordo Templi Orientis was a pedophile ring.
Other claims included members of the group tortured and killed children, drank the children’s blood and ate their organs and used naked children as waiters at functions.
OTO told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal the couple had breached the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
The couple ignored a July VCAT order to remove the comments. Judge Marilyn Harbison said the claims were still on the website in November when police were forced to bring the couple to the tribunal to face contempt charges. Judge Harbison gave the couple overnight to think about the consequences of their actions.
But instead of returning the next morning they fled to their NSW home until their arrest and jailing for contempt last month.
The couple’s lawyer Simon Moglia told the tribunal yesterday the couple had been financially ruined and had fled the tribunal in November because they had realised they had made a mistake by not complying with its order.
See also: Anti-OTO Website Lands Two In Jail.