One defendant, brought to Court in custody, was a member of the nobility and is one of the most obnoxious, arrogant, bombastic individuals I have ever met... even worse than me.
He was held in custody having been charged with drink driving... for the third time in as many years and therefore likely to be handed down a custodial sentence.
Obnoxious he may be but he can quickly pick up on the demeanour of others and it took him no time at all to decide that the Bench Chairman was somewhat timid. Unfortunately, he got the wrong message.
He rumbled to his feet and said "Do you know who I am? You can call me My lord. Do I make myself clear? I really don't know why I'm here..." etc. etc.
I thought... this is going to be trouble, but the Chairman, quick as a flash, said
"And you can call me SIR. Now sit down and shut up. Another word out of place from you and I'll bounce you back down to the cells a lot faster than you came up... Do I make MYSELF clear?"
The old gas-bag was completely deflated and sat down quickly.
Dat's my boy!"