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Lawyer in stoush over tax

A FOUL-mouthed lawyer convicted of professional misconduct for a tirade of abuse in court has been bankrupted for not paying his tax.

Douglas John Winning, 65, from the Rockhampton suburb of Frenchville, was bankrupted on April 19 by the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation.

The creditors' petition said Winning failed to pay a debt of $186,242.

The criminal lawyer, who trades as Winning Lawyers, was ordered to pay the tax debt by a District Court registrar on October 24, 2017, but failed to do so.

The District Court court claim says Winning accrued a "running balance account" debt for debts under the BAS (Business Activity Statement) provisions or debts for "administrative overpayments".

Winning pleaded guilty to professional misconduct in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2015 after he admitted he whispered "f---ing idiot" in court with the jury present and said the word "c---" towards high-profile prosecutor Danny Boyle in Rockhampton in May 2012.

In the disciplinary hearing Winning did not admit saying "f---ing grub" in court and saying the District Court trial was a "f---ing joke", but didn't deny it because he said he could not recall.

Winning claimed the abuse wasn't aimed at Mr Boyle or Judge David Searles and said he had just lost his temper.

He told his psychologist he has a "temperament problem" and a "venomous tongue".

Winning's brother in law, now Supreme Court judge Peter Davis QC, offered to help counsel Winning after the professional misconduct admission. Winning remains on the solicitor's roll.



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