Defamation action Brisbane – defendant Esther Rockett – Part 1

In December 2016 I commenced proceedings in the Queensland District Court against Esther Rockett. I took this action together with Caroline Raphael in what I saw was the next step in standing up in our community in response to something that I knew was a complete lie.

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Since 2012 Esther Rockett and Lance Martin together have attempted to re-write history and ‘expose’ something in me that has apparently lay hidden in my then previous 45 year of life. Apparently hidden from the entire community in Casino and surrounding Northern Rivers where my family has been in business for almost 80 years, hidden from my employers, friends and work colleagues that still hold me in high regard, hidden from the NSW Police Service and their selection panels and processes where I commendably served for 13 years, hidden from the Australian Legal System where I was required to produce and give evidence, hidden so well that apparently I don’t even know about it. I am saying this all obviously because this is so hidden that the fact is, it is simply all-untrue.

What started out as Lance Martin now Riley Martin  not being able deal with his former wife leaving him and in that moment a choice from him to not look at what his part was in the on and off again relationship but to go out and blame another. That ‘another’ was Serge Benhayon, a highly regarded practitioner, author, businessman, presenter, father, grandfather, friend and community leader. All Serge Benhayon could be found guilty of was being a supportive practitioner to a then traumatised lady but Lance Martin set his sights not on dealing with his issues with life but put focus on the man that was possibly showing him all the points where he should be walking. So first started an online anonymous hate campaign by Riley and soon to be Esther Rockett that has now been going for 6 years. Esther Rockett is currently being sued in 2 different States for defamation in relation to the way she has used social media to ‘attack’, menace and harass Serge Benhayon, myself and those linked to Serge Benhayon, in anyway she can.

So enter my case when in 2016 I stood for election in the Ballina Local Government Area (LGA). I had been in business in the area for over a decade and my family had numerous businesses in the area for over 80 years. I had seen some unusual and at times confusing decisions in the LGA and surrounds. After numerous in shop and on the street conversations ending in people saying to me, “You should be on Council” or “You should be in Politics” I decided the time was right to take the step into Government in this way. Enter Esther Rockett who was, not known to me personally at all, had little knowledge of the Ballina LGA, had never stepped foot in any of my businesses, didn’t know my family and yet made it her focus to throw as many dramatic and outrageous stories into the social arena as she could in order to see me not be able to be elected. This attack formed the basis for my decision to sue Esther Rockett for defamation in the Queensland Courts. Many people, including some Councillors and Council staff and other community leaders supported my decision and stated they would have been more surprised had I not given the nature of theses public ‘attacks’ from Ms Rockett.

Much has been made and said of my decision to run for Council and yet the truth lies in the fact that this was just a natural progression for a man that has always seen the decency and care in people around him as one of the most important values. So will I ‘run’ again? It is most likely, given what I have learnt over my life and more so what I have learnt since stepping officially into the area for the first time.


When you see qualities and values that you hold dear being eroded on any level you know it’s time to step deeper into our community to have them upheld.

My civil defamation case against Esther Rockett is still currently running in the Brisbane Courts, more updates will follow.


11 thoughts on “Defamation action Brisbane – defendant Esther Rockett – Part 1

  1. Thanks for sharing Ray. You are a very caring, hardworking and loving man – a great asset to your community. Anyone who knows you will vouch for that. The world need more solid decent people like you standing up for truth.

  2. I admire you greatly Ray for all that you stand for. One has to take a look at your open, shining face to see there is nothing hidden there in your background, just sheer honesty, absolutely open. A man who truly cares for his community.

  3. Setting the standards Ray! Awesome work and when someone like you stands up to say no to abusive behaviour, it paves the way for others to do likewise. It is a shame that we have to call adults up on such abusive behaviour, but such is our current world where we have let standards drop, and so now it is for us to bring them back so that we are all respected and cared for.

  4. Thank you Ray for the update – your case could be the case for anyone as Esther Rocket continues to target, without cause, those associated with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine who step into the public arena.

  5. Hi Ray, thank you for choosing to honour yourself and all of us by standing up for truth. It is very tempting and seemingly ‘easy’ sometimes to let things pass in life, but this is why we are in such a horrendous mess because we haven’t cared enough for our selves and each other to say NO to the abuse. You are an absolute inspiration and just the person we all wish for in our local government – someone with integrity who is prepared to stand up for the good of all people.

  6. It’s such a shame that when someone comes along like Raymond Karam who cares deeply for people and in running for a Council position doesn’t make it about himself but rather steps up to the responsibility a position like this asks of us, that is, to make it about everyone and the whole community with no agenda pushing, that he is attacked by someone who is out to destroy all that he represents – the people of the Ballina Local Government Area. Ray gets my vote.

  7. Great to hear your story Ray. Puts into perspective the ridiculousness of what is said by the likes of Esther Rockett and Lance (Riley) Martin. When you can’t fault something, lie about it… there’s nowhere else to go!

  8. I love the purpose that you work from Ray and being inspired to address this kind of rot in our community. It’s clear to see the community is behind you all the way. I may not live in the shire of Ballina but you get 100% of my vote.

  9. Great to know there are people like you in this world Ray standing up for decency and respect and integrity in a world that seems to increasingly ignoring and eroding these values. Good on you for making a stand.

  10. Thank you Ray, i would like to continue to hear the updates in this defamation case. You have my full support, you live the values of community, decency, and respect and THIS IS what you are being attacked for by Esther Rockett. You are also a role model in that we do not have to accept lies made about us and this is character assassination.

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