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Freeman loses freedom; Brian Alexander sent to jail

Former Kamloops mayoral candidate Brian Alexander entered court a free man on Friday, but left in handcuffs, led by a deputy sheriff to a jail cell.

Former Kamloops mayoral candidate Brian Alexander entered court a free man on Friday, but left in handcuffs, led by a deputy sheriff to a jail cell.

The 45-year-old chimney sweep was sentenced to a week behind bars after being found in contempt of court.

Alexander subscribes to a school of thought called Freemen-on-the-Land. Referred to by justice officials as "organized pseudo-legal commercial argument litigants," Freemen believe laws can only be applied with consent.

Throughout his trial and sentencing, Alexander, who was not represented by a lawyer, interrupted proceedings to make Freemen arguments about common law, consent and contracts.

Alexander's contempt finding stemmed from an incident during his trial last year on one count each of obstructing a peace officer and driving while prohibited.

During the trial, Alexander turned his back on Kamloops provincial court Judge Roy Dickey and refused to turn around.

Alexander was taken into custody at the time and released later in the day, but not before telling Dickey he did not recognize him or the court.

At the conclusion of the trial, Alexander was found guilty of driving while prohibited and acquitted on the obstruction charge.

In addition to the seven-day jail sentence for contempt, Dickey handed Alexander the mandatory minimum for a driving while prohibited conviction, which is a $500 fine and a one-year driving ban.

Alexander ran unsuccessfully for mayor in Kamloops' civic elections in 2008 and 2011. He also sought the Kamloops-South Thompson seat in B.C.'s legislature in the 2013 provincial election.