Sunol penalised for gay slurs on blog

FORMER Newcastle cab driver John Sunol has been ordered once again to apologise and pay costs for vilifying homosexuals on his blog and in videos posted on YouTube.

The former self-confessed prostitute addict was ordered by the Civil and Administrative Tribunal to publish an apology on his blog for comments he made during a series of posts about the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Mr Sunol, who has had similar findings made against him on at least two prior occasions, was ordered to pay a total of $9500 to gay rights activist Gary Burns after Mr Sunol wrote about Mr Burns on his blog and in letters sent to Mr Burns.

Mr Sunol was found to have vilified gays and victimised Mr Burns, the tribunal stated.

Mr Sunol has had a long association with a Christian lobby and has often voiced his approval for the views of the Reverend Fred Nile.

At a "no brothels" rally attended by Mr Nile at Islington in 1998, Mr Sunol addressed about 70 people where he called for the banning of the sex industry after he was cured of his own prostitution addiction.

He had findings of homosexual vilification made against him in 2006 and 2012 before posting more comments on his blog, johnsunol.blog spot.com.au, in late 2012 and early 2013.

Those comments included that the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras involved people sexually assaulting children.

Mr Sunol was ordered to remove the articles from all websites that he controlled and was required to publish an apology on those websites.

He was also ordered to write a letter of apology to Mr Burns.

The case will return to the tribunal in late February to determine whether Mr Sunol has complied with the orders made against him.

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