A man facing charges of assaulting police is seeking to subpoena Glen Innes Police to use station CCTV footage in his defence.
Richard William Fields, 35, said he was pepper-sprayed by police before being arrested on January 6 in 2019 after 4.40pm in King Edward Park.
He has been charged with assaulting, resisting, resisting or hindering and intimidating police in the execution of their duty, along with a charge of behaving in an offensive manner in a public place.
In a hearing in Glen Innes Local Court yesterday, Fields rejected legal representation, calling the Aboriginal legal aid "a waste of space to me".
Fields, a tall man with a loud, booming voice, was wearing jeans, a short-sleeved blue shirt with a vest over it, and a beard.
He said he intended to personally cross examine the Glen Innes police, telling Magistrate Michael Holmes that he was "looking forward to having them on the stand" because, he alleges, he was "sick of" their behaviour.
He finally decided to "shut up" out of respect for the magistrate.
A few minutes after his matter was adjourned to May 29, Fields pushed the court double doors open to tell the magistrate that a member of the court staff was an "asshole" and asked for help in processing his subpoena.
Defendants normally have to wait to be called on in order to be heard in court.
The magistrate later joked with the Aboriginal legal aid lawyer that his services probably would not be required.
"Seems that way, your honour," the lawyer responded.
Fields will next appear in the Glen Innes Local Court on May 29.