Manure protester: Banks grudge is done

SHABNAM DASTGHEIB
Last updated 12:54 03/06/2014

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Veteran protester Castislav Bracanov has promised his manure-throwing days are over and his grudge against John Banks has been satisfied.

Bracanov caused a disturbance today after arguing with a judge when he appeared in the Auckland District Court charged with assault, after he threw manure at Banks last month.

The former ACT leader was heading to the High Court for his trial on charges of knowingly filing a false electoral return relating to his failed 2010 bid for the Auckland mayoralty.

Bracanov appeared late in court this morning and had no lawyer, because "they are just ripping off people".

When the judge asked him how he wished to plead to a charge of assault, Bracanov who has a hearing loss, shouted, "you said insult, that's not insult, that's revenge."

He said he had been waiting a long time for his revenge.

He was then remanded in custody after he kept interrupting court proceedings.

Bracanov later reappeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He has been remanded on bail until late August for a case-review hearing.

Outside court he said his grudge against John Banks began when he was fined $10,000 for throwing a bucketful of horse manure at a car carrying King Juan Carlos of Spain in the late 1980s.

Banks was minister of police when Bracanov was fined.

"He should not have charged me so much ... the law is not for the people," he said.

In 1994, Bracanov was convicted of disorderly behaviour after spraying air freshener as he rushed at Prince Charles who was on a royal walkabout at Auckland's Viaduct Basin.

Banks also allegedly cut Bracanov off when he was making a point on a Radio Pacific show in 1997 that Banks was hosting.

Bracanov said it was important to throw the manure in public so people would get the point.

But he also promised he would leave Banks alone now and his manure-throwing days were over. 

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