Sounded like he had sacked his lawyers and elected to represent himself but then changed his mind (or realised what he had got himself into) when it was too late. If you elect to cock things up for yourself it it your right to do so...So, a defendant is basically denied his right to counsel?
He gets legal aid for the purposes of cross-examining one witness, but nothing more?
I find it hard to see how the trial could not be overturned on the basis that the guy had no representation.
Fuckwit or not, those are his rights and they are there to ensure that he doesn't cock things up himself.