A MAN charged with criminal damage and possession of a weapon was almost arrested for contempt of court after refusing to get into the dock.

Waseem Malik, of Handover Way in Windsor, has been charged with criminal damage and possession of a stun gun in Windsor on December 8, 2020.

The 58-year-old appeared in Reading Crown Court on Monday (July 31) for trial preparation but refused to leave the public gallery, stating he ‘would not cross the bar’ and ‘enter a contract’ with the courts.

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Resident Judge Heather Norton warned Malik that if he did not enter the dock he would be arrested for contempt of court.

After he refused three times, Judge Norton asked a police officer to arrest Malik before he decided to properly enter the courtroom.

In a previous hearing on June 19, Malik tried to get his case dismissed claiming the Crown had failed to provide proof that he is the defendant charged with the offences as well as providing sufficient evidence of the alleged incident.

On Monday (July 31), Malik claimed again that the prosecution had not provided him with evidence of the alleged incident.

Judge Norton explained that the hearing was not the trial which is why no evidence had yet been heard.

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However, Malik continued to try and have the case and dismissed and added he wanted Judge Norton disqualified.

He said: “I’m a living beneficiary making an appearance on the dead entity. I’m in control, I’m taking command, I’m in control, I am as king.

“I need this court to dismiss this claim. Mr Prosecutor, are you a witness to this case? I hope you’re not going to force me to continue with this claim without it being verified.

“What has any of this got to do with me? I hope you brought your cheque book in case I am to receive damages today.”

Malik is due to stand trial on April 8, 2024 for five days. However, Judge Norton has scheduled a half-day hearing for September 11 to establish the identify of the defendant as well if there are grounds to dismiss the case in favour a Section 36 – which encourages parties to settle disputes without going to trial.

Judge Norton asked Malik if he had ever undergone any psychiatric assessments. He responded: “Have you?”

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After scheduling the hearing for September, Malik added: “I wish to proceed with an application for your disqualification.”

Judge Norton concluded: “Alright, we’ll deal with that as well.”