20 May 2013

Man fined for planning to throw manure at prince

10:21 pm on 20 May 2013

An anti-royal protester has been found guilty of preparing to commit a crime after he threatened to throw manure at Britain's Prince Charles during his visit to New Zealand last year.

Sam Castislav Bracanov was charged with preparing to commit a crime in a public place, namely assault.

Police told the Auckland District Court on Monday that the 77-year-old had planned to throw horse manure at Charles and his wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, in November 2012.

The royal couple were about to meet members of the public outside the Britomart railway station in downtown Auckland.

Constable Loren Clements told the court he found Mr Bracanov at a bus stop metres away with a green bag at his feet which contained a white bucket full of horse manure.

Mr Bracanov said he did not dispute that he intended to throw the manure at Charles and Camilla. He said he didn't intend to harm the couple - just give them what they deserve.

He told the court that he is not a criminal - but the royals are, because they take money from taxpayers.

The judge convicted Mr Bracanov and fined him $200, plus court costs.