Judge convinces man to accept legal help

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 05:00 26/12/2012

Relevant offers

National

Palmerston North fatal house fire victims named Gambling conman plays get out of jail card Labour and Greens propose emergency refugee bill Vincent Skeen jury fails to reach verdict in murder trial Hutt girl heartbroken by thief who stole precious family photos from classroom Police name man found in river Car wheel clamped while mother left stranded $10 million donation for cancer research in Auckland Auckland students experience Waterview Connection New genetic test positive for those with fertility issues

A Blenheim man wanting release on bail on serious charges including assaulting a police officer refused legal help from the Public Defender Service (PDS) until a judge convinced him to talk to a lawyer.

Richard James Hayden, 44, unemployed, had been remanded in custody at the Blenheim District Court to make a bail application before a Christchurch judge.

He 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 breach of 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 in court.

Hayden said he had refused help from the PDS lawyer because she had no knowledge of the 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 had been intoxicated and had head-butted one of the officers who approached him, causing a nosebleed.

Judge Garland granted bail with conditions that Hayden live with his mother in Christchurch, abide by a night-time 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 appear in the Christ- church District Court on January 11.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content