Per­sis­tence doesn’t pay in court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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