Free-rights campaigner fined

A SELF-DESCRIBED free-rights campaigner has been slapped with thousands of dollars in fines after he was found guilty of assaulting police inside a courtroom.

Cyril Brett Baker has long maintained the courts don’t have jurisdiction without a jury, but it was this argument which has landed him three convictions after he turned on police.

During a court hearing in Scone Local Court on October 25 last year, Baker continually interrupted proceedings be- fore he was ordered to leave the court precincts by Magistrate Roger Prowse.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matthew Price and a uniformed female police officer attempted to escort the staunch common-law rights supporter from the room before Baker assaulted the pair. According to court documents, Baker pushed the uniformed officer up against a railing before kicking the police prosecutor to the back of his leg, causing minor injuries.

Baker was arrested and taken to Scone Police Station where he was subsequently charged with two counts of assaulting police and one count of resisting arrest.

The free-rights campaigner pleaded not guilty and signalled he would fight the charges before the case was adjourned to Armidale Local Court after two magistrates disqualified themselves from hearing the case.

During yesterday morning’s proceedings in Armidale, Baker’s attempt to have the matter adjourned again inhis absence failed.

Magistrate ShaughanMcCosker refused the request, and determined the case, convicting the free-rights campaigner under section 196 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Baker escaped a jail sentence but Mr McCosker fined him $900 for each count of assaulting police as well as $500 for resisting police.

In June this year, Baker was issued a 28-day banning notice from the Tamworth court precincts following several public outbursts and court disruptions. Since 2011, Baker has initiated several challenges in various courts after he was convicted of a number of traffic offences including one count of refusing to undertake a breath test.

Baker has 28 days to pay the fines imposed in court.

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