Royal family 'the smell family'

ROB KIDD
Last updated 16:01 20/05/2013
Sam Bracanov
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CHARGED: Sam Bracanov is accused of planning to throw poo at Prince Charles.

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A court has heard how an anti-royalist’s plan to cover Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in faeces was thwarted by police.

Castislav Sam Bracanov, 77, appeared at Auckland District Court today to defend a charge of behaving in a manner that inferred that he was preparing to commit a crime.

Despite pleading not guilty to the charge, Bracanov has so far agreed with nearly everything police witnesses have said.

Initially there was a warrant issued for his arrest this morning when he did not show up on time, but it turned out his bus was late.

Though Bracanov was adamant he wanted to represent himself, Judge Anne Kiernan was keen to get him some sound legal advice.

But he was not impressed with the duty lawyer provided, who said he had “mental health concerns”.

“He’s not talking the truth. I want to tell exactly why I’ve done it,” Bracanov said

“I was born as a human being, not a sheep.”

Detective John Mathieson visited the alleged offender at his home about a week before the royal visit and found him lying on the couch next to a bucket of “yellow-coloured liquid”.

“He claimed he was going to protest and if he got close enough he’d throw shit at them,” he said.

Mathieson said he was quite calm and logical and discussing the royals.

“Royal family? I call them the smell family,” Bracanov said.

On November 12, Constable Loren Clements was heading to Britomart to monitor the gathering crowd, when he was approached by a plain-clothed officer who had spotted a “subject of interest”.

Clements and another officer approached Bracanov, who was sitting on a bench with a green bag between his feet.

They took the bag off him and he lunged for it a couple of times before being arrested.

However, the 77-year-old pensioner was “quite strong” and police had to get back up before they could restrain him.

When they got back to the station a white bucket was found in the bag, containing a dark-brown material Bracanov said was horse manure.

Clements could not confirm that only describing it as two and a half inches deep and “sloshed around a bit”.

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