Australia: It's been a year since the antics of Kenja have darkened our doorsteps. The cult has since published several more full page ads in high profile Australian papers in strange attempts to convince the locals that their alledged paedophile leader was really a good bloke. At least the last attempt wasn't as libellous as the first and just stuck to lying about Dyers rather than lying about those who accused him of being a naughty boy. But this isn't about glorifying their leader in print, it's about their co-founder bizarre attempts to put the frighteners on a woman who pointed the finger at Dyers.
Alison Pels thought she had finally escaped the grasp of the cult Kenja Communications when she left the group in February last year.
But six months later the then 20-year-old found herself the subject of a bizarre plot by Jan Hamilton and other members of the group, who disguised themselves with fake facial hair and wigs while posing as directors of a play.
Who in their right mind goes to the trouble and expense of setting up a fake audition for a non-existent play? Not only was Jan Hamilton — partner to Ken Dyers and co-founder of Kenja — involved, but she dragged her minions into this bizarre scare campaign as well. A campaign that can really only be seen as an attempt to frighten a woman who stood up to their tactics in the past. Despite their cunning disguises of fake wigs and beards, no doubt a skill Hamilton picked up during her training in clown college, Pels recognised them and was, understandably, a wee bit freaked out.
Ms Hamilton was yesterday ordered by a court not to stalk, harass or intimidate Ms Pels as part of a two-year apprehended violence order, made after Ms Hamilton and Kenja members had staged fake auditions for a performance of Chekhov's Three Sisters at the West Pymble Community Hall on October 17 last year.
Hamilton's strange behaviour doesn't seem to have impressed the court or Pels' lawyer either.
Ms Pels's lawyer, Brett Longville, told the court that Ms Hamilton's actions were asinisterattempt to harass and intimidate Ms Pels for making the allegations against her late husband.
As always, Hamilton's only defence was that she's right, everyone else is wrong, the sun shone out of Dyers' arsehole and everyone is picking on her.
But Ms Hamilton's lawyer, Harland Koops, said Ms Pels was ahabitual liar, who had staged the audition process and her subsequent distress in an attempt to cause serious criminal charges to be laid upon Ms Hamilton.
Oh look, there's convenient
proof that they were all home baking cookies and singing campfire songs, so Hamilton must be right. It's times like this I feel that HTML is seriously lacking in the area of sarcasm tags.
He said Ms Hamilton and other Kenja members had been at her Surry Hills home on the night in question. He produced a video of the group purportedly taken on that night.
Fortunately for Pels, the judge saw through Hamilton's ham-fisted attempt at staging an alibi.
However the magistrate, Roger Clisdell, found that the video, which included a shot of a wall clock and close-up of a newspaper showing the date, was achild-likeattempt at providing an alibi for those members.
He said the video as well as thehoax auditionhad thebizarre hallmarksof the Kenja group and he did not find any witnesses from the group, including Ms Pels's mother, Marty, to be reliable.
These people are serious wingnuts. Rather than getting on with their lives and running the business that is Kenja that they claim isn't a cult, really, they expend a huge amount of time, money and resources obsessing over the past to clear the name of an alleged paedophile. I have to wonder if the general public would even remember the allegations against Ken Dyers if they didn't insist on screeching
He's not a paedophile at every opportunity. The only people who even know who he was are those who've been affected by the group in some way, but I somehow can't see the Kenja mob learned the lesson that sometimes silence can be golden.
Cult founder warned off after 'bizarre' audition ploy—Sydney Morning Herald, 27th August 2008.