Freeman follower denied bail
Court: Accused doesnt recognize rules of your society
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 09:53 am
Rebuking Canadian society and threatened a judge with legal action, a 40-year-old Millarville man facing several charges, including assaulting a police officer, was denied his release from custody during proceedings at Okotoks provincial court on Oct. 8.
“As God as my witness, I do not associate with the rules of your society,” Darren Murray Clifford told the court while appearing via CCTV Tuesday.
Clifford is believed to be a Freeman, an organization that believes that no one may govern another without consent.
Clifford chose to represent himself at the bail hearing to determine whether he should be released from custody while awaiting his trial date. He is charged with two counts of failure to appear in court, as well as attempting to evade police and assault.
During the proceedings, Clifford asked Judge Eugene Creighton to provide his full name and birth date as the executors of his estate were already collecting information on people for potential legal action.
Creighton did not provide the information.
“You can’t provide it or you refuse to provide it? To refuse, is an offence,” Clifford said. “I look forward to seeing you in a superior court.”
Crown prosecutor Mac Vomberg told the court in late 2011 Clifford was involved in a police pursuit in which his vehicle was clocked at 80 miles per hour. He added Clifford’s driver’s licence had also expired.
It was also alleged in court Clifford assaulted Turner Valley RCMP Const. Tom Christie after being stopped in June of 2012.
Vomberg added while Clifford does not recognize the authority in Canada, he does feel he can use Canadian roads and Canada’s currency among other rights.
“He has an unwillingness to meet the obligations of society,” Vomberg said.
He said Clifford’s failing to appear charges should be considered before his release.
Clifford said he attempted to get hold of the court for one of his appearances by registered mail, which stated he was unable to make it. He stressed he had the receipt to prove it.
“I am a common man, I am a peaceful man,” he said. “I did not fear going to court or trial.”
Creighton denied Clifford’s release.
In an interview after the hearing, Vomberg said he was not upset with Clifford’s beliefs in regards to Canadian law.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions,” he said.
Clifford’s next court appearance is Oct. 18 in Okotoks.