'Son of God' tells Croydon judge: 'I have become too big to be charged'
A SELF-PROCLAIMED "son of God" sparked drama in court after ranting at a judge and accusing him of being "rigid" and wasting taxpayers' money.
Justice Livingstone berated Judge Jeremy Gold from the dock for not dealing with the charge of carrying an imitation firearm on a stationary train at Norwood Junction, when he appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Friday.
He was Tasered by police, following the alleged incident last November.
Livingstone, who refused to remove his flat cap before entering the dock, citing "personal reasons", became angry and launched the verbal assault because he wanted Judge Gold to deal with the charge that day.
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However the 35-year-old, of Portland Road, South Norwood, pleaded not guilty to possession of an imitation firearm in a public place and assaulting two police officers by beating.
In the first of two animated rants, rising from his perch after Judge Gold refused to deal with the charge that day, Livingstone told the judge: "You are quite rigid in your reasoning in terms of not listening to me."
The heated words forced Judge Gold to interject ruling: "Mr Livingstone doesn't run the court. I do."
But about ten minutes later before the hearing's conclusion, alluding to his "son of God" status, Livingstone rose again to attack Judge Gold: "There is one other thing I want to tell you. I have become too big to be charged or arrested. It is in the best interests to deal with this [now].
"I'm very sad you have avoided to deal with it today. I'm absolutely heartbroken. I know it would be more cost-effective to this country if it had been dealt with today."
Judge Gold angrily countered for a second time, saying: "I'm not going to enter into an argument with you. All the matters will be dealt with in the court case.
"The matters are for a trial and I'm not prepared to make any rulings on them today."
Police have admitted Tasering Livingstone following reports that he was waving a pistol around and shouting on Tuesday, November 15 last year, at about 10.40am. Police allege he further assaulted a male and female officer by beating them in the fracas which ensued.
Livingstone claims he is innocent and says police used unnecessary force against him.
Shiraz Aziz, defending Livingstone, told the court 14 witnesses would be called for the trial.
He said the charges of assault would be "deeply contested" by his client, and that the imitation firearm alluded to in the charges was a toy gun.
Livingstone was granted unconditional bail until the trial, listed for November 19.