Prisoner accuses cop

A MAN who fired his lawyer during an outburst in court this week has also accused a police officer of trying to kill him.

Drake man Christopher Wayne John Smith, 38, faced charges in Lismore Local Court of resisting an officer, to which he pleaded guilty, and assaulting an officer, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The incident, in which Smith alleges police shot at him, happened about 9.30pm on August 15 near the Drake hotel.

During an outburst in court this week Smith claimed the police had tried to kill him.

Magistrate Michael Dakin adjourned the case until October 12.

Smith then got up and told his lawyer he was 'sacked'.

“I've been shot at. He (the police officer) tried to kill me,” Smith said.

“My jacket has a bullet hole in it. I am being told there is nothing I can do about it. It's not right.

“They (the police) are trying to get away with murder because you haven't got the f***ing guts to stand up.”

It was unclear who the last comment was directed at.

Mr Dakin told Smith he had done what Smith's lawyer had asked.

Police facts were not available because Smith had pleaded not guilty to the assault charge.

Smith will remain in custody and the case will be back in court on October 12.



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