A Blenheim man seeking release on bail on serious charges refused legal help from the Public Defender Service (PDS) until a judge convinced him to talk with a lawyer.
Richard James Hayden, 44, unemployed, had been remanded in custody from the Blenheim District Court to make a bail application before a Christchurch judge.
Hayden has entered no pleas to charges of assaulting a police officer with intent to injure, assaulting a police officer with intent to obstruct them in the execution of their duty, disorderly behaviour, and breaching a public liquor ban.
When Hayden first appeared in Christchurch, duty lawyer Moana Cole asked leave to withdraw from the case because Hayden had decided he wanted to represent himself.
Hayden said he refused help from the PDS lawyer because she had no knowledge of his case and could not help him.
Judge Alistair Garland told him that the charges were serious and it would be in his best interests to have legal representation.
Police opposed bail, alleging that Hayden was intoxicated and head-butted an officer who had approached him, causing a nosebleed.
Judge Garland granted bail with the conditions that Hayden live with his mother in Christchurch, abide by a curfew, report to the police, and not consume alcohol or enter licensed premises. He will also have to submit to breath screening tests for alcohol as the police require, and he is not allowed to return to Blenheim.
Hayden was remanded to reappear in the Christchurch District Court on January 11. Fairfax NZ
- The Marlborough Express