Townsville Bulletin

Court ‘king’ in trouble


ANDREW Paterson appeared in Townsville Magistrate­s Court on Thursday.

He faces four charges, including public nuisance, contraveni­ng direction of police, public nuisance in a licensed premises, and obstruct police officer. He appeared before Magistrate Peter Smid and said he wanted to “settle” his matter that day, but did not want to plead guilty.

Mr Paterson asked Mr Smid if he was “under the protection of the court” and asked to see his “oath”.

“I’m the king of the court,” Mr Paterson said.

Mr Smid told him to “get out” and listed his matter for a summary hearing on November 19.

Upon leaving the court, Mr Paterson called out to Mr Smid saying it was not “going to end very well” for him, and said “this is a court of public record”.

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