Bain: more outbursts, more delays
There were more outbursts from Richard Henry Bain in court today, the man accused with the Metropolis shooting repeatedly interrupted the judge and said his rights were not being respected in jail.
"They (correctional staff) wouldn't let me use the phone, and I have written proof and witnesses," he said.
The judge admitted he couldn't do much about the functioning of the prison, while a correctional liaison was sitting in the room.
Bain did admit he has a bilingual criminal code, but his right to make photocopies has apparently been revoked by correctional services.
The man was dressed in a black suit, with a white unbuttoned dress shirt, and his ankles were shackled.
He was repeatedly leaning out of the prisoner’s box, pointing his finger at the prosecutor.
"You have to be practical," said Judge Jean-Paul Braun. "We need to set the dates to proceed."
The judge allowed Bain to cut him off, citing many different ways his rights were violated. Braun admitted that his priority is to make sure this goes ahead in due order.
Bain complained that all the police reports, and witness testimony is in French, and that he couldn't properly prepare without understanding it.
Judge Braun told him during the trial there would be a translator available.
Before the end of the hearing, Bain asked to hold a news conference. The judge denied the request, but Daniel Sweeney, a member of the Liberal Party of Canada (with a Liberal Party business card) said he has been in touch with Bain.
"He's found that there has been a lack of information being given to him,” said Sweeney. "Also some translation problems, which I have been helping him with."
The connection between the two men is still unclear, but Sweeney said the two crossed paths in the political world when Bain was a member of the Equality party.
Sweeney admitted he has no legal training, but the two share the same political views.