“These people talk shit, so they get shit”

Won’t someone please put this ratbag in jail.

A serial dung-slinger who chucked manure at a sitting judge told police he did it because “these people talk s***, so they get s***”.

There’s also a lot to be bought in Mangere, where you can get a whole bag for $2, he said.

Sam Bracanov, 80, was today found guilty of assaulting Judge Anne Kiernan on March 10 when he threw a “dirt-like substance” at the bench after pulling it out of his right pocket.

This was not the first time the Yugoslav-born pensioner has slung dung, and he and the judge had history.  

Last year, Judge Kiernan convicted Bracanov of throwing horse poo at John Banks, fined him $400 and ordered him to pay $130 in court costs.

At a judge-alone trial at Auckland District Court this afternoon, Bracanov told Judge Stan Thorburn he threw poo at Judge Kiernan because she didn’t let him “say a few words” to Banks last year.

The court heard how Judge Kiernan was presiding in Courtroom 16 over an unrelated matter and the prosecution’s three witnesses all said they saw an old man who had trouble walking slowly approach the bench.

Constable Nicole McCartney, who was sitting at the back of the courtroom, said Judge Kiernan seemed to recognise Bracanov and told him to stay back.

The 80-year-old then reached into his pocket with his right hand, the other still gripping a cane, pulled out a “dirt-like substance” and threw it at the judge.

McCartney said it looked like “a large amount” made it over the bench and some of it onto the judge’s lap.

Time he went to the pokie. He’s clearly mentally ill, but jail seems appropriate.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.