|Richard Henry Bain, Sept. 6, 2012. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - A judge yelled and grew red-faced at repeated outbursts Tuesday by alleged separatist rally shooter Richard Henry Bain, who referred to the proceedings as a "kangaroo court."
Judge Marc David lost his composure partway through a hearing to set a trial date for Bain, who is accused of murdering stage technician Denis Blanchette one year ago on Wednesday.
Blanchette and a colleague were shot as Premier Pauline Marois gave her election victory speech inside a Montreal nightclub.
Bain, 63, a disgruntled fishing lodge owner, has made anti-separatist rants at a dozen court appearances since then, and is still without a lawyer as the case drags on.
A verbal altercation erupted in court Tuesday after Bain claimed he didn't know how to find a lawyer despite judge David's clear advice on how to proceed.
"I need somebody to give me an application," Bain said from the glass-enclosed prisoner's box. "Is it that hard?" he continued, chuckling to himself, before muttering "Gee. This isn't rocket science, your honour. I just want a fair trial."
When the judge tried to speak, Bain interrupted him, prompting the judge to yell:
"Don't interrupt me when I'm speaking! It is your duty and your obligation to find counsel. It is not my duty."
When Bain continued his rants, the judge replied: "I'm giving you until Nov. 4 to get counsel. Otherwise...I'm setting the trial date. Remove Mr. Bain."
The accused claims he's $60,000 in debt but a tribunal has ruled he isn't eligible for legal aid.
Bain is also accused of attempted murder, trying to kill a provincial police officer, firearms offences, arson and possession of incendiary devices.