Man who tells the court he isn't there is arrested
IN A bizarre Maryborough courtroom scene, a man who tried to represent himself, saying he was not there, was arrested - in the court - for failing to appear in court.
Jacob James Cordie was due to appear in the Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning to face charges for failing to stop a motor vehicle and two counts of unlicensed driving.
As formal proceedings began, Cordie objected, saying there was no evidence indicating he was present in the courtroom.
He said he was there to represent Cordie.
After substantial disagreements between Cordie and court officials, the man told Magistrate John Smith that he (Mr Smith) was breaking the law.
"This is blatant abuse of my human rights," Cordie said.
Mr Smith asked him to be quiet.
"What you're carrying on with is a load of nonsense," Mr Smith said.
Cordie repeatedly said his human rights were being abused.
As he refused to formally "appear", a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder repeatedly asked Cordie to leave the courtroom but he refused.
The warrant was then enacted and Cordie was taken into custody.
As he was being arrested, Cordie told Sgt Edler that arresting him was assault.
Before adjourning the court, Mr Smith said: "You need to have some treatment, Mr Cordie."
Cordie appeared in court again on Wednesday afternoon, where he was convicted of breaching his bail twice.
The conviction was recorded but no penalty was imposed.
He was remanded in custody.
Cordie is due to appear in court again on Monday.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that no conviction was recorded.