Anti-royalist fined for poo plot unrepentant
A pensioner who planned to cover Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in horse manure has been fined but says he'd do it again.
Castislav Sam Bracanov, 77, appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday to defend a charge of behaving in a manner that implied he was preparing to commit a crime.
The crime would have been covering the royal couple with a bucket of horse manure mixed with water, which he had blended into "a porridge", but police spotted him before he could act.
Despite pleading not guilty to the charge, Bracanov - who represented himself - agreed with everything police witnesses said and chose not to cross-examine them.
Judge Anne Kiernan said it was abundantly clear what his intention was and he offered no defence to suggest otherwise.
Though Bracanov was adamant he wanted to represent himself, the judge was keen to get him some sound legal advice.
But he was not impressed with the duty lawyer provided, who suggested he had "mental health concerns".
"He's not talking the truth. I want to tell you exactly why I've done it," Bracanov said.
Bracanov, who has lived in New Zealand for nearly 50 years, had been marked as a potential threat ahead of the visit because of an incident in 1994, when he sprayed air freshener at Prince Charles who was on a royal walkabout at Auckland's Viaduct Basin.
Detective John Mathieson visited Bracanov 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 s... at them," he said.
Mr Mathieson said he was quite calm and logical when discussing the royals.
"Royal family? I call them the smell family," Bracanov said.
On November 12, when the royals were in Auckland, Constable Loren 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 after lunging for it a couple of times he was arrested.
However, the 77-year-old was "quite strong" and police struggled to restrain him.
In a half-hour interview played in court, Bracanov explained the theory behind his plan to target "Charlie".
"He didn't become special because of his brain. He's just a body," he said.
Judge Kiernan fined Bracanov $200 - to be paid back at $10 a week - but the offender was keen to get the last word.
"I'll do it again and again. I'll win one day," he shouted as the court was cleared.
The Dominion Post