As far as character
referees go, Steve Vizard’s brother, Professor Andrew Lancelot Vizard,
Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of
Veterinary Science, was an excellent start when the most anticipated
court date in years finally got under way in Melbourne at 10.30am this
morning.

Camp Vizard certainly played their strongest card first as the loving
brother explained that Steve’s family was “his most precious
possession.”

While
other character referees chose to scurry straight out of court or only
give written statements, Andrew Vizard sat next to his brother before
and after his evidence. The lads look similar, sound similar, were both
in dark suits and have similar bald patches.

“I love Stephen,”
the professor began. “But I have been deeply hurt by his actions.” And
although Steven had 100% support from his extended “big, boisterous
family”, it was very disappointing for all to hear his brother’s
admission of wrongdoing.

“As
a result of the intense media scrutiny, Stephen’s reputation has
already been devastated irrevocably,” Professor Vizard told the court,
adding that “there was little the law could do to stop this media
onslaught.”

Nevertheless, he said, his brother was prepared to
“cop this right on the chin,” learn from it and move on. “He’s on that
journey right now,” he said, adding that he believed there was “no
chance Stephen will ever make the same mistake.”

Professor
Vizard described his brother as a devoted family man whose Toorak home
is “camp central” for an extended family that sees Steve as an uncle 16
times over. After explaining the extent of the extended family,
Professor Vizard then launched an attack on the media to demonstrate
the suffering of those closest to him.

“My wife has been
photographed by stalking newspaper photographers,” he complained, and
his mother June was “chased down the street by television crews.”

All
up, he did well, painting the picture of loving family man who did
wrong but has already suffered enough at the hands of a brutal media
pack.

Peter Fray

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