Bloke makes himself a ‘king’ to avoid planning rules – but now faces jail

A bloke who tried to make himself a "king" to avoid planning rules could face jail after a Royal court threw out his audacious bid.

Steve Ogier, 48, claimed he was immune from planning rules as the self-styled ruler of an independent state in Guernsey.

He launched his bizarre legal bid to get around planning rules barring him from building a small home on his plot.

Ogier argued that worms and insects were his subjects after the island's Royal Court said he needed a populace to be a ruler.

Ogier told the court his "country" was established in May 2019 and would have a population of five "voting" members alongside the insects – and they would all have their own passport.

When that didn't fly he vowed to take his fight all the way to the UN but has now been convicted of five planning offences and warned that he faces up to two years behind bars, the Telegraph reports.

The court ruled Ogier, of Castle, Guernsey, had no legal basis to ignore orders to return the land to its previous condition, including moving hundreds of tons of soil.

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He had also failed to demolish a dry stone wall, remove a shed and vehicles, and stop using nearby land for storage.

The homeowner accepted that he had not complied with the notices but refused to enter pleas as he said the notices were void for that reason and he was innocent.

Jessica Roland, the Deputy Bailiff, ruled that the court did have jurisdiction over Ogier’s land and that the prosecution could continue.

Ms Roland told a preliminary hearing in November that the maximum penalty was two years in prison or an unlimited fine.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation to report on Ogier. He was bailed unconditionally to be weighed off in March.

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