Drop the charges and I'm replacing you, accused tells judge

A MAN who refused to deal with the magistrate and declared himself in charge of the court will face a trial accused of stealing.

Robert Przemyslaw Czosnowski, 61, appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday facing charges of stealing hardware from Bunnings Booval.

Czosnowski refused to enter a plea, although asked. Magistrate Dermot Kehoe took his constant complaints and objections as a plea of not guilty.

He continually told the court he was "a living being, the flesh lives, the blood flows and I humbly ask for remedy" and asked Mr Kehoe if he was "offering him a contract" whenever the magistrate spoke to him.

Czosnowski initially called on the magistrate to terminate all charges before the court, which Mr Kehoe declined to do.

He then told Mr Kehoe he was replacing him as magistrate and was dropping all charges.

Czosnowski eventually told the court he didn't recognise the authority of the magistrate or police who were in the room.

A trial for his charges was set for November 1 before he was escorted out of the court by police and security guards.



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