Man tells Ballymena court his legal representative is Jesus Christ
A man told a court on Thursday that he is being legally represented by Jesus Christ.
Joey McAuley (48), whose address was given as no fixed abode, Ballymena, appeared via video link from Maghaberry jail where he was remanded to the previous week.
He is charged with disorderly behaviour on November 28 in Ballymena.
When asked by District Judge Peter King if he had obtained legal representation McAuley replied: "Aye, Jesus Christ".
Judge King told him: "Despite the higher power you may have, you need somebody to represent you. There is an issue with an address."
McAuley said: "Tell the truth".
The judge said the defendant was "in no fit state" at the previous court appearance and the bail address had come back unknown.
McAuley alleged: "You locked me up for praising the Lord" but the judge replied: "I think you will find you were remanded in custody for a breach of bail".
McAuley continued: "You ask people to swear on the Bible but the Bible says not to swear on any oath."
The accused was told he needed to be legally represented or else he would have to stay in custody until the case is finalised.
As the judge adjourned the case to later this month McAuley told him: "Praise the Lord, you will stand before a righteous judge one day".
As McAuley, who was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, got up to leave the video booth, the sound was switched off.