Randburg Court 22 -- Magistrate says, 'You're protected.', originally uploaded by royblumenthal.
Jennifer and I went to the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday. Court 22, to be precise. The court dealing with domestic violence.
Our buddy, Big Bad Ed, joined us. He knows the inside of a courtroom. 'I hate these places,' he said. 'I've been in them way too often.'
Ed tells us an anecdote about a judge who once said to him, 'You're a one-man crime-wave.'
Ed replied, 'Thanks, your honour.'
And the judge responded, 'It wasn't a compliment.'
Ed was with us because we decided to manage the situation. Her ex-husband, Bill Morris, was expected to turn up to contest the protection order Jennifer was having finalised by the court.
According to the affidavits on public record in the court yesterday, William 'Bill' Morris was a wife beater who pressed his wife against the wall, then hacked the wall with an axe just inches next to her head. Amongst other things.
The magistrate heard Bill's smarmy and incompetent lawyer, Bradley Brazington saying things like, 'If it pleases the court, your worship, my client would like to set aside this order.'
To which the magistrate replied, 'Does your client need to come to the complainant's residence or place of work for any reason?'
To which Bradley Brazington Esq said, 'Uh... no... uh... your worship.'
And so, the protection order was finalised. With Bill Morris turning a deep red at the incompetence of his lawyer, and the idiocy of his own game plan ringing in his ears.
For godsake... the bloke arrived with his lawyer's satchel! Bill, not his lawyer... Bill himself brought the satchel.
What was he thinking? 'I'm a lawyer! If I bring my lawyer's satchel, it'll impress the magistrate, and he'll let me off! I'm a member of the legal profession! We stick together!' Is that what he thought???
Sheesh. What a misguided loser.
The protection order was served. And we now have a pre-issued warrant for William Morris's arrest, should he dare break any of the terms of the order.
And of course, Big Bad Ed is always waiting in the wings.