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Man thrown in lockup for arguing

A ONE-legged man who was jailed by the Gympie magistrate because he refused to sign for bail said it wasn't necessary because he couldn't run away.

Stephen James Bullock, 56, appeared ready for a fight when he faced Gympie Magistrates Court this week for a charge of possession of a dangerous drug, cannabis.

The matter was set for trial in September, but not before Mr Bullock challenged the magistrate and the police prosecutor on a number of minor details relating to his case.

At his first appearance in court in March he said he would be pleading guilty but questioned the manner of which the “so-called offence took place”.

This week he was preparing to fight the charge, laid by police who raided a Bells Bridge property on Ellis Road in February.

He claimed the search warrant was invalid because it didn't list dangerous drugs and officers ignored a trespass notice over the door to his room.

“I had on my door a trespass notice in relation to the Federal Court,” Mr Bullock told the court on March 18.

“There was a jurisdiction of dwelling notice on my door that says a Federal Court warrant was required for entry. Police said they didn't need a Federal warrant and barged in and trampled on my rights.”

He asked for a complete police brief on the “whole debacle” and likened the matter to a grasshopper who stumbled on a bean patch.

When he returned to court this week, Mr Bullock said the brief he had received was incomplete.

“I want (the names) of every officer that was there and a (transcript) of every radio transmission,” he said and asked for the original copy of the search warrant and a corporation number for the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

“You must think I came down in the last shower,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told him and said the original copy of the search warrant was for her and QPS was not a corporation.

Mr Bullock believed he was right and said he travelled around to courts studying law.

“Well I trump you on this one,” Mrs Baldwin said.

She told him to send a letter to the police prosecutor within two weeks requesting the information he wanted. Mr Bullock appeared to disagree with that, wanting the information to be supplied immediately by the police prosecutor, and continued to rant about officers who “came into my domicile and trampled on my rights”.

He was asked several times if he agreed to write the letter, prompting prosecutor senior constable Lisa Manns to request the order be formalised.

Mrs Baldwin asked Mr Bullock to sign for bail at the front counter before he left because he had failed to do so in March, however, he didn't think he should have had to.

“Why don't you wait until this is sorted... the charges might get dropped,” Mr Bullock said.

He was told he could either apply for bail or he would be taken into custody.

“When you come to court on criminal charges you are required to apply for bail,” Mrs Baldwin said and he retorted, “I'll sign under duress”.

He was told again he could either apply for bail or go to jail. He continued to argue and was taken into custody. An hour later he returned to apply for bail and the matter was set for September 1.

Gympie Times


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