Buttrose’s latest bust-up sees siblings head to court


THE latest instalment of the high-profile Buttrose family bust-up is set to hit the courts.

Richard Buttrose, the nephew of ABC doyen Ita Buttrose, is taking his sister, Katherine "Evie", to court claiming she is holding $8000 that is rightfully his.

Buttrose has been on the straight and narrow since he was released from jail in 2017 after a nine-year stint for dealing cocaine to movers and shakers in the eastern suburbs.

Most recently, he has been engaged in a bitter dispute with his sisters, Evie and socialite Lizzie, involving their mother's estate.

The dispute is believed to have started when Buttrose objected to his sisters putting his mother's Vaucluse home, which he lives in, up for sale.

He placed a caveat over the property in a move, he told friends, was to protect his mother's assets. He has now commenced legal proceedings against Evie, claiming she owes him $8000.

According to a statement of claim lodged in court, Buttrose alleges he transferred the money into an account controlled by Evie but she had refused to return it. The civil case will be mentioned in Waverley Local Court on March 27.


Bitter dispute: Ita Buttrose with her niece Evie and nephew Richard Buttrose. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts
Bitter dispute: Ita Buttrose with her niece Evie and nephew Richard Buttrose. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts




A man has been charged with assaulting high-profile lawyer Chris Murphy after a streetside run-in in Bondi. Last July, Murphy, whose clientele has included former Bulldogs star Hazem El Masri, celebrity accountant Anthony Bell and Sydney socialite Shari Lea-Hitchcock, was walking along the street when he spotted a few blokes hanging around a vacant block.

He inquired as to what they were doing and one of the men, Mahmoud Skaf, allegedly didn't respond well to the veteran lawyer's line of questioning. Skaf is accused of then assaulting Murphy and smashing his phone.

Lawyer Chris Murphy was allegedly assaulted by Mahmoud Skaf.
Lawyer Chris Murphy was allegedly assaulted by Mahmoud Skaf.

Fortunately for the prosecution, it is understood Murphy had the video rolling on his phone and captured the entire expletive-laden incident. Skaf, who has pleaded not guilty to common assault and malicious damage, will appear in Waverley Local Court on April 7.



More on last week's piece in which we told you about a group of lawyers who were busted bagging out a judge on a closed Facebook group.

This week we can tell you that the administrator of the group, known as The Bondie Club, issued an unequivocal apology to the judicial officer whose reputation was besmirched, District Court Judge Andrew Colefax.

The original post was made last month but it sparked a pile-on of comments from the group's members bagging out the esteemed judge.

The only problem for our acid tongued posters on the Bondie Club was that a rat in their ranks fed the comments back to the judge sparking a mass freak out.

Snitch was shown a post by the group's administrator Sarah Carr that said the post had been deleted.

"Such allegations are totally inaccurate and indeed have no basis in fact either in relation to his honour or any judge currently sitting in Campbelltown," Ms Carr, who had nothing to do with the original post, wrote.

"The Bondie Club apologises to his honour and regrets that such comment (sic) was made."

She also wrote that "members are reminded that posts and comments made within this group are for the purpose of advancing
the criminal justice system and that the group exists to assist and support practitioners."

This sounds like no fun, so Snitch will be abandoning its application to join the group.

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