Persistence doesn’t pay in court
A JUBILEE POCKET man who tried his best to convince Proserpine magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist he wasn’t guilty of possessing utensils and drugs, could not escape a fine for previously failing to appear in court.
Edward Rex Grainger argued police negligence and a lack of police work were responsible for landing him in court in the first place. He claimed he was then given incorrect legal advice “which is why I’m now representing myself”. “I’ve been implicated,” he told the court. “I had knowledge [but] I never had control. I’m not guilty Your Honour.”
Mr Stjernqvist said this did not make sense and warned Grainger to stop talking in court. “Turn off your transmitter,” he said. “You are just not on the same page – you are telling me you don’t need to get legal advice and you don’t understand the process at all.”
Mr Stjernqvist told Grainger he had to ‘show cause’ why he had not appeared in court.
He did not accept Grainger’s answer that he thought his court commitments were being managed by a lawyer he’d engaged at the time.
“If you truly had some issues worked out with [solicitor] Adam Magill, he would have appeared for you,” he said.
Grainger would not give up, even after Mr Stjernqvist imposed a $550 fine, prompting him to receive a further warning.
“I’ve already said to you if you don’t leave, you’ll be going that way,” Mr Stjernqvist warned, pointing to the door beside the prisoner’s dock.