A polo-baron in Melbourne has been acquitted of defamation following an extraordinary e-mail war in which he accused a friend of Prince Williams & # 39; hallucinating substances & # 39; to take.
Peter Yunghanns, 80, a famous polo-benefactor, owns about a thousand horses on his Yaloak estate in Victoria, and has been part of Melbourne society since he was thirty.
But he locked horns with the President of the Federation of International Polo (FIP) Nicholas J.A. Colquhoun-Denvers Esq, 70, in a four-year war of words.
Peter Yunghanns (photo), 80, addressed Mr. Colquhoun-Denvers and said that "he may have taken some form of hallucination substance, either nasally intravenously or by ingestion."
Colquhoun-Denvers spent years running Ham Polo Club and is said to be close to Princes William and Harry, who are both patrons.
Mr Yunghanns launched a slander against Mr Colquhoun-Denvers, who in turn initiated a counterclaim.
But last month the Supreme Court ended at the Supreme Court, when Justice Terry Forrest threw both cases out, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The queue began in 2011 Mr. Yunghanns went to Tianjin in northeastern China, where he met Pan Sutong, a Chinese billionaire and chairman of the Goldin Group.
Pan is known for shrugging with Prince William and Prince Harry – who have played in polo events sponsored by his company.
The meeting between the two powerful men ended with Goldin – in collaboration with the Tianjin Metropolitan Polo Club – where $ 2 million (AUD 2.8 million) was spent creating a snow polo tournament.
The development subsequently led to discussions between Goldin and the Federation of International Polo – represented by Mr. Yunghanns and other officials – that Tianjin could organize the Snow Polo World Cup for the next three years.
The former president of the Federation of International Polo Nicholas J.A. Colquhoun-Denvers Esq (pictured) closed horns with Peter Yunghanns, 80, a famous polo-benefactor
According to Mr Yunghanns, $ 600,000 of the costs that the Federation received in the deal would go to a polo development fund.
It was found in court that, although Goldin might have intended to transfer the money, this did not happen while negotiating contracts.
Mr. Yunghanns' opinion that the money should not go where it should have been was linked to his dissatisfaction with FIP under Dr. Richard Caleel – who was president from 2012 to 2014.
He was not happy with FIP's voting systems and bank accounts. This created what he later admitted an & # 39; vendetta & # 39; to be.
Gaj Singh II, the last Maharaja from Jodhpur in India received many of the destructive emails about Mr. Colquhoun-Denvers. Pictured with Camilla Parker Bowles
In September 2013, Mr. Yunghanns wrote in an email that Dr. Caleel & # 39; has no vertebrae, his gut strength, if any, is minimal, and he lacks a number of other appendages to which most men are endowed. & # 39 ;.
Mr. Yunghanns also addressed Mr. Colquhoun-Denvers and said he "may have taken some form of hallucination substance, either nasally intravenously or by ingestion."
Mr Yunghanns said that Mr Colquhoun-Denvers – who was then president of FIP – had affected the ability to understand the English language ".
Ishaq Khakwani – a regional president of the Pakistani ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf party – and Gaj Singh II, the last Maharaja of Jodhpur in India, received many damning e-mails about Mr. Colquhoun-Denvers.
Mr Yunghanns kept his e-mails and in December 2013 Mr Colquhoun-Denvers responded.
& # 39; What a staggeringly bitter and offensive attack … It is unworthy of a gentleman or member of FIP & # 39 ;, he wrote.
The following year Mr. Yunghanns became a persona non grata of FIP.
In November 2015, Mr. Colquhoun-Denvers, who was then FIP President, sent an email in which Mr. Yunghanns' allegations were violated.
Mr. Yunghanns claimed that the email was defamatory and transferred to Mr. Colquhoun-Denvers, who then brought his own counterclaim against Mr. Yunghanns.
& # 39; After provoking the FIP leadership group to defame him (Mr. Yunghanns), he proceeded to punish them with a lawsuit, & # 39; Justice Forrest discovered.
Pan is known for shrugging with Prince William and Prince Harry – who have played in polo events sponsored by his company
He believed that Mr. Yunghanns was suing Mr. Colquhoun. Denvers was not fueled by protecting its reputation.
Justice Forrest said that when it came to protecting himself, Mr. Yunghanns had not published many offensive emails under his name.
& # 39; The administrative processes and governance of FIP were reminiscent of a pre-war gentlemen's club, and (Mr. Yunghann & # 39; s) sharply criticized them over the years, & # 39; said Justice Forrest.
Justice Forrest discovered that Mr. Yunghanns was badly treated when he was fired by FIP from his two committees in 2013, before he partially resigned from his job and was fired the following year.
& # 39; He had been a loyal and productive FIP servant for decades and earned much more than a summary of the resignation & # 39 ;, said Justice Forrest.
Justice Forrest found that many of the insults thrown back and forth were defamatory, but he said some were just insults that didn't have the power to weaken a reputation.
Neither Mr Yunghanns nor Mr Colquhoun-Denvers have received any compensation.
It has not yet been decided who will pay the legal costs, which are claimed to be six figures.
In 2011, Yunghanns went to Tianjin in northeastern China, where he met Pan Sutong, a Chinese billionaire and chairman of Goldin Group.
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