A man from New Zealand who claims he is God allegedly sold bleach as a cure for cancer, COVID-19 and HIV. Roger Blake calls himself a “living man, roger-william, house of blake”. Bleach is not a cure for any ailment.
Mr Blake has been waging a legal battle for more than three years but was kicked out of court on Wednesday for repeatedly using the judge’s first name.
He showed up for the formal hearing at Hamilton District Court after failing to appear in March because the date was “culturally significant”, according to The New Zealand Herald.
The defendant turned up for Wednesday’s hearing and immediately started using District Judge Brett Crowley’s first name in a series of bizarre exchanges.
Judge Crowley is quoted by the same publication as saying: “I’m a judge in the district court and you do not call me by my Christian name.”
To which Mr Blake replied: “I’m sorry, Brett.” He continued: “Brett, do you understand that as a living man, I challenge the jurisdiction of this district court … If you cannot prove jurisdiction the matter must be dismissed, do you understand that, Brett?”
Judge Crowley shot back: “Please don’t talk over the top of me, Mr Blake. I don’t talk over the top of you. There’s one person talking at one time.”
The to and fro carried on despite repeated requests for Mr Blake to stop talking and sit down with the judge warning: “If you cannot stop talking I will have you removed.”
After three minutes of back and forth, the court alerted security to remove Mr Blake from the court much to his disgust.
He said as the judge left the courtroom: “I do not consent to any jurisdiction … You know Brett … You’re ignoring all due process.”
Mr Blake cried “case dismissed, case dismissed” as security surrounded him and escorted him out.
The defendant was later allowed back in and asked his thoughts by the judge on being served 11 witness statements before replying: “I’m not Mr Blake.”
He repeated he was not the defendant in the case and was instead “living man roger william” before recounting his personal history as a mechanical engineer.
The court also heard he was “developing a tourist attraction, known as Ngatea Water Gardens” which boasted turtle ponds, water lily ponds and water tanks.
After an 18-minute-long tirade, Mr Blake asked that the charges “be dismissed, expunged so we can all go home to spend time with our children and have time to do some baking”.
Moments later Mr Blake was talking over the judge again and claiming he was a “living man”.
Judge Crowley replied: “I am simply not going to waste any more time discussing whether you are living person, or whether you are legal entity … it’s not relevant.”
Mr Blake said he couldn’t change who he was, adding: “I’m created by God. I’m a living man, living men given dominion over everything on this earth.”
He repeatedly denied being the same Roger Blake charged with the offences.
Mr Blake insisted no crime had been committed as there was no victim. He labelled the charges as “bogus” and said they had caused him to lose the past two and a half years of his life.
Crown prosecutor Paige Noorland advised Judge Crowley that despite trying to serve court documents at Mr Blake’s home, they were returned.
She told the court: “We’re in a situation where the defendant refuses to engage.”
Police searched two properties linked to Mr Blake and NZ Water Purifier Ltd, a company of which he was the director, in July 2020.
The search came after alleged breaches of New Zealand’s Medicines Act 1981 which bans the sale, distribution, and advertisement of new medicines without consent and possessing prescription medication “without reasonable excuse”.
Under the Act, it is unlawful to make therapeutic claims about an unapproved medicine.
The trial continues.
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