Police DEMAND YouTuber FriendlyJordies stop making videos about court case in legal fight


Police DEMAND popular YouTuber FriendlyJordies stop making videos about a court case in high-stakes legal fight

  • NSW Police want a court to hold YouTube entertainer Jordan Shanks in contempt
  • Also seeking Shanks stops commenting on criminal prosecution of his producer
  • Shanks fired back, labelling police ‘utterly embarrassed by their own behaviour’










Police want a court to hold YouTube entertainer Jordan Shanks in contempt and ordered to stop publicly commenting on the criminal prosecution of his producer.

Applications for both orders were put before Sydney magistrate Jacqueline Milledge on Wednesday.

‘He’s interfering in the administration of justice, he’s in a position of influencing witnesses,’ police prosecutor Amin Assad told the magistrate.

‘We’re not interested in the politics, we’re not interested in the views, the concern is there are now two videos that will, do or may interfere with evidence yet to hand.’

Kristo Langker, 21, was arrested and charged on June 4 after members of the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit stormed into his Dulwich Hill home and accused him of intimidating the then-NSW deputy premier John Barilaro.

Kristo Langker, lawyer Mark Davis, entertainer Jordan Shanks and fellow YouTuber Simeon Boikov outside Sydney's Downing Centre on October 13

Kristo Langker, lawyer Mark Davis, entertainer Jordan Shanks and fellow YouTuber Simeon Boikov outside Sydney’s Downing Centre on October 13

NSW Police want a court to hold YouTube entertainer Jordan Shanks (pictured) in contempt and also ordered to stop publicly commenting on the criminal prosecution of his producer

NSW Police want a court to hold YouTube entertainer Jordan Shanks (pictured) in contempt and also ordered to stop publicly commenting on the criminal prosecution of his producer

Mr Shanks has regularly posted about the arrest of Kristo Langker, who was charged in June with intimidating former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro (pictured)

Mr Shanks has regularly posted about the arrest of Kristo Langker, who was charged in June with intimidating former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro (pictured)

Shanks, better known by moniker friendlyjordies, has regularly posted about the matter and aired footage of the arrest, taken by Langker’s family.

In a video posted on Tuesday evening, Shanks said police wanted the court order ‘because they’re completely and utterly embarrassed by their own behaviour’.

‘They’re trying to put a gag order on me to make it illegal for me to cover the trial,’ he said.

‘Almost every lawyer I’ve spoken to thinks this order is unprecedented in both its stupidity and its authoritarian nature.’

A document shown in the video, which he claims is the non-publication order application, is littered with spelling errors including Langker’s name, the word ‘channel’ and the suburb of NSW Police headquarters.

Shanks’ lawyer told the court on Wednesday the application was ‘fundamentally defective’.

It failed to specify the grounds or length of the order sought and was written in a way that, if granted, could stop any commentary by any person, Philip Strickland SC said.

There was also no notice of the contempt application, Mr Strickland said.

Police said the application didn’t spell out the allegation for contempt but it did reference the relevant section of the Local Court Act.

Ms Milledge suggested police had ambushed Shanks and failed to set out their sub judice allegation.

‘You don’t charge someone with larceny and just say section 117 (of the Crimes Act),’ Ms Milledge said.

The hearing continues.

Mr Shanks fired back at the court request, labelling NSW Police 'utterly embarrassed by their own behaviour'

Mr Shanks fired back at the court request, labelling NSW Police ‘utterly embarrassed by their own behaviour’

The case against Langker centred around two approaches he made on Mr Barilaro earlier this year.

Officers allege the 21-year-old intimidated or stalked the then-deputy premier at Macquarie University on April 19 and in Sydney on June 4.

He is due to be tried in May 2022.

Mr Barilaro is also suing Shanks in the Federal Court, alleging he was defamed by a series of videos claiming he committed perjury.

The former NSW Nationals leader says he wasn’t granted a right of reply and that the videos were racist and wrongly made out he was corrupt.

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