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Bizarre bike helmet case in Hervey Bay court

A BURRUM Heads man's repeated refusal to wear a pushbike helmet has escalated into one of the most bizarre cases to come before a Hervey Bay court in recent years.

Resources normally reserved for high-profile trials, were drained on Friday as Graham Herbert Taylor's theatrical defense to a series of tickets, saw the bulk of Howard's police strength appearing as witnesses in a tedious hearing which has so far cleared three court calendar dates.

Dressed in parachute pants and with his elderly mother supporting him in the gallery, Mr Taylor attempted to paint himself as the victim of a supposed vendetta.

Few people were spared from Mr Taylor's elaborate conspiracy theory, not event Magistrate Graeme Tatnell who Mr Taylor accused of having already pre-determined the case.

The first hour of the hearing was taken up with Mr Taylor attempting to have another magistrate preside over the case, claiming he had "heard" that he associated with people who had issues with him at the local golf club and that he had dealings with Mr Tatnell's brother through Wide Bay Water.

He went on to repeatedly refer back to another series of complaints he had about the treatment he apparently recieved by police in the lead up to the case.

Mr Tatnell assured the court he had not discussed the case with his brother and told Mr Taylor that while he raise his concerns with police elsewhere - the Chronicle understands he complained to the Crime and Misconduct Commission and the Prime Minister's office - the purpose of the hearing was for the prosecution to prove he was not wearing a helmet on the six occasions he was fined or for Mr Taylor to prove he was medically exempt from wearing one.

When Mr Taylor said the process seemed like a huge "waste" of resources, Mr Tatnell said he "couldn't agree more".

The court heard that when Senior Constable Ed Gompleman questioned Mr Taylor about why he continued to ride without a helmet after having just been warned not to, he responded "I need to take a s**t".

His reason for not carrying a medical exemption certificate, which had apparently issued by a doctor in Auckland who now lived in Logan, was because it was old like a "recycled condom".

The hearing was eventually adjourned and will resume on November 30.

Please note: an earlier version of the story incorrectly stated Mr Taylor was from Howard.

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