Surname: Priest
Christian Names: Dominic Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Dominic Charles Priest born New Zealand 25 Oct 1964 and served in the Australian Defence Force from 2003 to 2009 when he was discharged for medical reasons. For his service he was awarded the Australian Defence Medal, which is more or less awarded to everyone who completes their service commitment. Have a look at the photographs of Priest and you will see eight other medals and accoutrements indicative of a very auspicious Military career.


Here is a list of what he is wearing:


1          Australian Defence Medal

2          NZ Operational Service

3          UK Gulf War Medal 1991

4          UN Protection Force Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR) 1994

5          NATO Medal (Former Yugoslavia)

6          NZ Territorial Efficiency Medal

7          NZ General Service Peacekeeping

8          Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait issue)

9          Liberation  of Kuwait Medal 1991 (Saudi Arabia issue)

The Gulf War was from August 1990 until September 1991. Priest constantly claims to have served in the Gulf War and wears the UK Gulf War Medal 1991 to prove it. We have a Statutory Declaration declaring that Priest was in New Zealand for the whole of that time and 1991 stands out because it was the year his daughter was born.

One of our many New Zealand contributors have advised that Priest is wearing a “Staggering “hotch potch” of medals that are totally out of "logical sequence”. In addition we are advised that no New Zealand soldiers received both Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait issue) and the Liberation of Kuwait Medal 1991 (Saudi Arabia issue).  It was either one or the other.

Dominic Charles Priest often wears a leather jerkin that contains lots of militaria purporting to relate to his Military service.



*Starting at the top...


1.        Australian issue SAS shoulder title.

2.        NZ issue black and silver cloth shoulder title.

3.        (possibly) a 3rd Auckland/North collar dog.

4.        NZ issue Infantry collar dog (anodised).

5.        SAS issue collar dog (brass).

6.        UNIDENTIFIED. The "inverted" cross type badge is not identified.

7.        A gold/silver wire embroidered NZ Infantry blazer pocket.

8.        UNIDENTIFIED. Australian pattern cap badge.


Where did all the glorious medals and baubles come from?  Well like all hard core liars frauds and wannabes will say, they came from the elite Special Air Service (SAS).  According to Priest service with NZ SAS cannot be traced - Wrong

Working against Priest are three factors: 

1.                The NZ Army is small and the elite SAS element of the Army is very small, and guess what? Once you have served with the SAS you are known by your peers. Priest is not known in any way by the NZ SAS and he has never applied for membership to the SAS Association.

2.                The Veterans Affairs New Zealand (VANZ) have no record of Priest ever serving with SAS and do not hold a medical file for him. Had he served in five SAS  Operations as he claims he would be well known at VANZ.

3.                Civilians have provided Statutory Declarations declaring that Priest was in New Zealand from 1990 until he and his family moved to Perth Western Australia in 1996.  It is further declared that at no time during those years was Priest deployed on overseas military operations.

.Like many disgusting lying wannabes Priest has added a bit of spice to his war stories and one claim is that: 

“He and his NZ SAS patrol killed Iraqi Prisoners of War (POW).”

In 2008 Priest was required to make a legal statement in relation to a personal matter.



Note that Priest declares in the statement that he has “done five overseas tours with the Army and have operated as a patrol medic”

In the interest of natural justice we sent Priest a letter requesting he provide evidence of his NZ service. When cornered wannabes either threaten legal action and physical retribution or come the “Sorry poor me” defence, Priest chose the latter, confessed his long term immoral subterfuge and believes that Veterans will give him absolution. Be advised Priest that your tactics don’t wash.

Below is Priest's response to our polite letter requesting evidence of his service. (Parts of his letter have been expunged)

----- Original Message -----

From: Padre


Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 2:04 AM

Subject: Att.


Mr xxxxx  xxxxxxxxx



Dear Sir, 

I received your letter, dated the 28th February, today. And it is with some relief this can be resolved. I do admit to claiming to be a member of the SAS and wearing of unintitled  medals. To my defence if any that when the incidents originally occurred I was under great psychological stress and at times I had short term psychotic episodes after having just suffered my first epileptic seizure and my subsequent battle with the military to remain in the Infantry as a 44yr old LCPL trying hard to do the job he loved regardless of age, so things got a bit loopy and then when I’d got back to normal after the medication stabilised to an acceptable level, I’d realised what had been done and stopped all reference to it and any materials used have long since been destroyed or thrown out. Since then I have been medically discharged as a PTE losing my rank as a result of the medical ruling and the reason for discharge was epilepsy non compensatible  so I have been in and out of doctors and specialists trying hard to survive


So as I’ve explained I really don’t think too much damage has been done and all this would accomplish would be to impose a fine on me which we wouldn’t be able to pay, and to embarrass (censored)  hinder any employment opportunities as I am applying for the prison service as they seem to be the only employer that may cater for my disability.

If you could consider refraining from continuing on with any further investigations rest assured there will be no reason for you to be looking in my direction again I think Karma has a way of catching up on us all and it has seemed to come down on me in spades, my life is in ruins at the moment, please don’t be one more to put the knife in no matter how much I may deserve it.

Personally I am deeply sorry for any lack of respect I have shown to any; Fallen, Returned and Serving members of both the New Zealand and Australian Infantry Regiments and this completely out of character to a man who has served proudly in both the RNZIR and RAR and of all people I should have had the inner strength to overcome lying of all things. I have never used any of these references to further myself in any way, I just wasn’t myself there for a while. Again, with my deepest apology    


Dominic Priest

82 Glenlyon Drive, Wulguru;


Qld 4811, Australia;


Priest is not being honest, we hold Statutory Declarations that Priest suffered drug induced epilepsy prior to his enlistment into the Australian Army as a result of an addiction to the illicit drug “Speed”. Priest claims to have developed epilepsy during his Australian Military service. The truth is that he failed to advise the enlistment people that he had suffered drug induced seizures long before he enlisted into the Australian Army.

Priest claims that he went off the “rails” after he enlisted in the Australian Army in 2003. That is a lie. He has been wearing the vest and medals shown in our photographs since the mid 1990s.

Priest says in his plea.  “I’d realised what had been done and stopped all reference to it and any materials used have long since been destroyed or thrown out!"  We know that he was clinging to his wannabe life right up to the time he received our letter and would have fronted up on ANZAC Day this year wearing his false medals in the same way that he did last year.

Veterans do not accept Priest’s “apology” and see it only as a tactic to save himself from embarrassment. He has for many years bathed in the kudos from his false claims and will now have to accept the equal and opposite effect our exposure will deliver to him. Prominent New Zealand veterans have said that whilst they have a different attitude towards self purchased commemorative medals they will not tolerate wannabes wearing false campaign medals.

Priest is culpable under both Australian and New Zealand law. In Australia the Defence act 1903 describes fines of up to $3,300 and six months jail or both. New Zealand law describes fines of up to $500. We have shown details of the Australian Defence Act 1903 on numerous occasions, now here is the New Zealand legislation:

46 Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 amended


(1) The Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 is hereby amended by inserting, after section 4, the following section:

“4A Offences in respect of military decorations

o        “(1) In this section, the term military decoration means any medal, clasp, badge, ribbon, stripe, emblem, or decoration issued, supplied, or authorised, or purporting or reputed to be issued, supplied, or authorised, by a naval, military, or air force authority, whether in New Zealand or in any other Commonwealth country; but does not include an ordinary regimental badge or any brooch or ornament representing such a badge.

“(2) Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $500—

§         “(a) Who represents himself, contrary to the fact, to be a person who is or has been entitled to wear or use any military decoration; or

§         “(b) Who wears or uses any medal, clasp, badge, ribbon, stripe, emblem, or decoration that is intended or is likely, by reason of its appearance or in any other manner, to cause any person to believe, contrary to the fact, that it is a military decoration; or

§         “(c) Who, without reasonable excuse, supplies or offers to supply—

§         “(i) Any military decoration; or

§         “(ii) Any medal, clasp, badge, ribbon, stripe, emblem, or decoration that is intended or is likely, by reason of its appearance or in any other manner, to cause any person to believe, contrary to the fact, that it is a military decoration—

to any person who is not authorised to wear or use that military decoration.

“(3) In a prosecution under this section, the burden of proving that any person is authorised to wear or use any military decoration shall be on the defendant.

We don’t know about New Zealand, but we do know that Australian Federal Police are not interested in applying this law. Veterans believe it is an insult to all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice or have been damaged by war.  In an unusual move recently Victorian State Police put before the courts Colin Maurice Gibbons (see our site entry) who was found guilty of wearing illegal medals and accoutrements and sentenced to four months imprisonment – with 14 days to serve – and a twelve month recognizance clause.

Northern Territory State Police charged another of our “Stars” Jooitsen “Dutchy” Van Assen, who appeared before a Magistrate and was found guilty, given a two year good behaviour bond and fined $1,000.

We hope these recent convictions are an emerging trend.

Priest claims to have long since “got rid” of his false medals and accoutrements. We know that is a lie. If he has got rid of them it has only been since he received our letter dated 28 Feb 2010.  Veterans from both sides of the Tasman Sea will be watching out for him, especially on days of commemoration.

Updated 13th May 2010

Update Dominic Priest aka "Padre"

Priest has penned emails to us, firstly with apologies and then threats of legal retribution. In addition he has authored a long confession on a “Facebook” web site, only problem is, we believe he is still telling lies in that he claims to have:

Successfully completed the New Zealand SAS selection course.  We are reliably advised that Priest is not registered as ever having attended this course

Aged eighteen years old was seconded the the South African Defence Force where he killed Mass amounts of Skinnys (bythat term we assume he means people native to Africa).

 In another version he claims in his own words;

“I have seen active service with the South African Defence Force when I was seconded to a unit over there in 1984 where my brother in law was KIA. We were to be awarded medals for our service there but due to political circumstances they were never issued, maybe that’s why I tried to take credit for actions others had done in later conflicts that I missed out on”.

We believe this to be more garbage as it is most unlikely that the New Zealand Government would second an eighteen year old soldier to see action with the South African Defence Force.

This was another lie he told to a fellow Australian soldier:  Served in the Falklands war where he sustained shrapnel wounds to his knee.

We are advised that whilst serving in Townsville he:

"Wore New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) wings sewn to his shirt on official unit parades".

"Wore New Zealand false war ribbons whilst in Australian Army uniform".

Shown below are statements from Priest.

Received 6th April 2010


“Firstly, on my vest, It is a brass RAR shoulder title issued to myself not Australian SAS someone needs glasses or maybe you Redneck pouges just don’t read to good, New Zealand shoulder board again issued, RAR collar Dog issued, RNZIR collar dog issued, SAS collar dog given to me by a friend in the NZSAS, all others are as identified. As stated before I am deeply ashamed of how I have acted but you have taken as fact written declarations from”

Received 7th April 2010


“----- Original Message -----

From: Padre


Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 5:52 AM

Subject: Pending court case

It is a day since my last email to you and I see the defamatory article is still on your web site you have had your chance you will now be contacted by my lawyers as the article as well as invading personal privacy for myself and my family, thereby endangering them, you have also published parts of a police report that is part of a current criminal investigation against the trusted source of your statutory declaration. You really should research your cases better.


Dominic Priest.”

Received 11 April 2010


PriestApril 11, 2010 at 5:05am

(no subject)

This is a form letter to all who I’ve lied to over the years, an apology for my deceptions but in no way a begging letter to ask for your forgiveness. But I will explain some of my actions and defend some of the lies that are also being printed about me on the anzmi site.

To set matters straight as stated in my reply to the site as to why it happened that’s how it was and it just got away from me, I did do and pass the NZSAS selection course but had to retire from the cycle due to injuries and subsequently retired from the regular NZ army to take up a posting in the 2nd Bn RNZIR recon PL Territorial army, equivalent to the reserves, until I left NZ in 1996.

 I have seen active service with the South African Defence Force when I was seconded to a unit over there in 1984 where my brother in law was KIA. We were to be awarded medals for our service there but due to political circumstances they were never issued, maybe that’s why I tried to take credit for actions others had done in later conflicts that I missed out on.

As to the fact of me being a speed addict and having epilepsy before my enlistment in the RAR this is a pack of lies to further discredit me and to the wearing of the medals since the 1990’s this is again false I only started wearing the things around 2005 something I am truly ashamed of and deeply sorry for especially if I have offended any of you in the process.

Personal details removed

Be aware that I am presently in negotiations with lawyers to sue both xxxxxxxxx and anzmi for Libel and Slander at the request of the Queensland police as I went to the police first and revealed all this to them first with the support of my family and the last true friends I do have. And

I am prepared to face up to the wrongs I have done and pay the full penalty whatever that may be. This is the first of many painful steps but I will not shy away from my responsibilities here.

Again my deepest apologies to you all I am incredibly sorry for any hurt or disrespect my actions may have caused.

Nic Priest

We believe Priest is a pathological liar and his apologies are shallow evasive actions and meaningless rhetoric from a cornered wannabe.

Below is a reminder of Priest wearing his infamous leather vest.



This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

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