Accused claim laws don't apply

A CASINO father and son will argue they are not bound by Australian laws when they front court in July to defend charges of unlicensed driving.

James Luke Williams, 46, and Justin Glenn Williams, 30, both of Casino, both pleaded not guilty to their respective charges at the court yesterday.

James Williams is charged with driving a Nissan Pulsar at Centre Street, Casino, on December 20 last year despite having never held a licence.

When asked for a plea yesterday, he told the court he was not guilty.

He said he had been exercising his ‘sovereignty’ and Australian law did not apply to him.

Justin Williams is charged with driving a motor vehicle at Walker Street, Casino, on January 7 this year.

His case was mentioned immediately after his father’s, and he also pleaded not guilty, saying he was entering the same defence.

Magistrate Nick Reimer set both cases down for hearing on July 8.

However, Mr Reimer said he had seen people try similar defences before and it never ended well for them.

“Every now and then I come across someone who says they are not subject to the laws of this country,” he said. “All of those have been found to be unfounded.”

Mr Reimer warned the men may end up facing a claim for the prosecution’s costs if they lose their cases.



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