Lismore mayor Isaac Smith at the Goonellabah council chambers.
Lismore mayor Isaac Smith at the Goonellabah council chambers. Claudia Jambor

Big Rob says he can't afford lawyer for mayor's AVO appeal

UPDATE 2pm: THE case regarding an interim AVO between Lismore identity Big Rob and Lismore mayor Isaac Smith has been adjourned.

Judge Wells has refused Mr Rob's request a stay in proceedings in order for him to gain legal representation.

"This is all beyond me," Mr Rob said

"I can't get legal aid, I can't afford a lawyer."

Mr Rob then made comments accusing Mr Smith of having his legal bills paid for by the Labor party.

Judge Wells said Mr Rob has had sufficient time since the case was mentioned on March 10 and listed on April 10.

Mr Rob tried to talk over Judge Wells about how over the years he has been refused legal aid, but she calmly told him she refused his request for a stay in proceedings.

Mr Smith's barrister, Mr McCall then told the judge of Mr Smith's fears for his family regarding Mr Rob's harassment and intimidation.

The breach of AVO issued by Lismore mayor Isaac Smith appears to hinge on the fact Mr Rob filmed and live streamed a video near Mr Smith's family home the day he received an AVO prohibiting him being near Mr Smith's residence or family.

"Even if I did the film the video there were no threats made," Mr Rob said.

Judge Wells asked him not to go over previous material again.

In the District Court Judge Wells has adjourned judgement until May 18.

Mr Smith's barrister Mr McCall said he would be making an application to recover costs.

Mr Rob said he would be making an application to not do this.

 

UPDATE 12.15pm: LISMORE identity Big Rob was told numerous times to "sit down" and "be quiet" by Judge LK Wells as she heard the AVO case against him on Thursday morning.

The breach of AVO issued by Lismore mayor Isaac Smith appears to hinge on the fact Mr Rob filmed then live streamed a video near Mr Smith's family home the day he received an AVO prohibiting him being near Mr Smith's residence or family.

Mr Rob tried many times to talk over Judge Wells, but she comported herself in a calm and dignified manner.

Mr Smith was represented by barrister Michael McCall.

 

THURSDAY 11.26am: LISMORE identity Big Rob will appeal an interim apprehended personal violence order in relation to Lismore mayor Isaac Smith in the Lismore District Court today.

The interim APVO was enforced on March 10 following an application by the mayor.

The hearing before Judge Laura Wells has been delayed because of problems Big Rob had in preparing evidence for the case.

Isaac Smith is represented by barrister Michael McCall and solicitor Clint Braid.

Mr Rob will represent himself.



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