Man says Dennis Denuto comparison 'favourable'

A scene from popular Australian comedy movie The Castle.
A scene from popular Australian comedy movie The Castle.

THE man an Ipswich lawyer is suing for comparing him to Dennis Denuto - the bumbling lawyer from comedy film The Castle - claims it was a "favourable comparison".

Solicitor Brett Cameron Smith is suing his daughter-in-law's former husband Kenneth Craig Lucht for defamation after Mr Lucht called him "Dennis Denuto from Ipswich".

Mr Smith said Mr Lucht used the phrase first in an email between him and his former wife Sally Smith and then to Mr Smith's family at a home in Chelmer and a Milton Chinese restaurant in May, 2013.

Mr Lucht admits he sent the email, but denies uttering the phrase.

Dennis Denuto is the fictional lawyer from the 1997 Australian comedy film The Castle who defended the main characters.

He famously described their home's compulsory acquisition as against the Australian Constitution's "vibe".

"In summing up, it's the Constitution, it's Mabo, it's justice, it's law, it's the vibe, and, no that's it. It's the vibe," he said in the film.

Court documents, filed on January 28 this year, show Mr Lucht claims it was in fact a "favourable comparison" and has an entire defence section headed "The Vibe".

The documents list similar ties between Mr Smith and Mr Denuto including operating as a sole practitioner kilometres out of the respective capital city's CBD and Mr Denuto's positive attributes including the correct legal advice he gave and "trouble-shooting photocopiers".

They describe Mr Denuto as a "heroic, chivalrous, courageous and altruistic, ethical, in all respects, professional, competent, or reasonably so, and not negligent" character.

Mr Smith on the other hand says the reference was insulting and publicly defamed him. He said the character was "unethical", "unprofessional", incompetent" and the "subject of ridicule humour and/or mirth".

The case's next mention date is yet to be set.


Topics:  court defamation ipswich

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