By now you will have a good idea where this is going so I'll continue.
One of the cases called on was that of a man who had been charged with a public order offence, in addition to assault on a PC. He was deposited in the local Police cells to sleep it off prior to assessment once sober. He was brought to the custody suite desk and formally charged with a view to being released on bail, at which point, and with, apparently, no warning or provocation, he spat straight into the face of the custody Sergeant saying, "guess you'll need to check up on my medical history now. You won't like what you find out."
He was then held in custody by the Police for the remand court.
Perhaps my colleague had been right in her assertion that the man she had seen didn't appear very drunk the previous evening as this individual immediately recognised her from the dock, whereupon he chose to rant about a conspiracy involving the club management, security staff, Police and Judiciary.
Clearly my colleague had no choice but to recuse herself from the case having seen his behaviour of the previous evening which was no real problem as I am able to deal with bail hearings as a Magistrate sitting alone.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges, much to the disgust of the duty solicitor, who then informed me that the defendant required the attendance, at trial, of my colleague, as a witness for the defence, having accused her, not ten minutes earlier as part of the conspiracy against him.
Not content with that, the defendant got to his feet in the dock and stated that he'd "be round to see" Jan and made non specific threats towards any Police officer who got in his way.
He was still ranting as I remanded him in custody and he was taken down the steps.
Curiouser and curiouser.