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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Living Man making 'special appearance' at Carlisle court arrested

A man claiming to follow ‘natural law’ was arrested after he refused to accept the authority of Carlisle Crown Court.

Wesley Paul Barrett, 36, from Fisher Place in Thirlmere, had been due to appear before the court yesterday to face charges relating to the production and supply of cannabis.

However, no formal identification could be made by court officials when a man identifying himself only as “The Living Man” appeared at the doorway of the courtroom.

Speaking to Judge Peter Hughes, the man claimed he was making a “special appearance today as the living man, flesh and blood”.

The judge told him: “You are in a court of law and you will respect that court of law. I do not wish to have you arrested, to put you in the dock.”

However, ‘The Living Man’ refused to accepted the judge’s authority and was arrested by two waiting police officers and taken to the dock in handcuffs.

He was remanded in custody after failing to formally identify himself, and a police officer was called to give a positive identification of Barrett.

The case was adjourned while Timothy Brennand, a barrister appearing in another case, went to speak to Barrett in the cells.

He eventually reappeared in court in handcuffs, with Mr Brennand representing him.

He said: “There was a clear misunderstanding. The defendant follows a code of life known as ‘natural law’ and he wanted to be clear about the laws to which he adheres.”

Mr Brennand added that Barrett had been attempting to establish “a rapport” with Judge Hughes.

No pleas were entered and the case was listed for mention on Tuesday.

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