Lawyer unable to contact man accused of beating police horse during anti-Covid-19 lockdown rally in Sydney Sydney

Lawyer for man who beat Tobruk the police horse during anti-lockdown protest in Sydney complains about his client’s human rights while failing to appear in court

  • Lawyer claimed rights of suspect at risk after being charged with beating a horse
  • Kristian Pulkownik allegedly punched NSW police horse Tobruk during the Sydney rally
  • He faces four charges of affliction, animal cruelty and participation in an illegal meeting
  • Attorney Tony Nikolic said he was unable to contact his client before the trial
  • The court said the case was settled for the day and charged ‘unavailable’ via a video link

A man who allegedly hit a police horse during the anti-lockdown protest in Sydney has not appeared in court – because his lawyer claimed he was unable to talk to the accused in custody before the hearing.

Kristian Pulkownik, 33, reportedly punched NSW police horse Tobruk in the nose as his rider led thousands of protesters marching in the city’s CBD on Saturday as part of the ‘Rally 4 Freedom march’.

His lawyer Tony Nikolic said he was unable to contact his client ahead of his scheduled court appearance in Sydney on Tuesday.

Nikolic said his client’s mother, who has a heart condition, “made herself sick” about her son’s well-being.

NSW police posted a photo of Kristian Pulkownik, 33, allegedly beating police horse Tobruk during Saturday's protest.  He faces four charges of affliction, animal cruelty, participating in an illegal meeting and failing to comply with a Covid-19 directive

NSW police posted a photo of Kristian Pulkownik, 33, allegedly beating police horse Tobruk during Saturday’s protest. He faces four charges of affliction, animal cruelty, participating in an illegal meeting and failing to comply with a Covid-19 directive

A bailiff confirmed that Pulkownik’s case had been settled for that day and that he was “unavailable” for his court appearance via video link.

“We made some attempts with corrective[services]we knew he was in Surry Hills cells,” Nikolic said out of court.

“The most unfortunate thing was that they gave us absolutely no information, actually hung up. We found that quite surprising given the seriousness of the alleged violation.

“The fact that a lawyer cannot access a client at his mother’s request, his mother is making herself sick – she has a heart condition… that is not only a concern for justice in Australia, but also for human rights. ‘

Saturday’s rally moved from Sydney’s Victoria Park to City Hall, where an unmasked crowd broke through a police barrier and led George St.

Pulkownik faces four charges of affray, animal cruelty, participating in an illegal meeting and failing to comply with a Covid-19 directive.

The suspect approached the mounted police officer during the chaos and reportedly punched the 13-year-old Thoroughbred, who escaped unharmed

The suspect approached the mounted police officer during the chaos and reportedly punched the 13-year-old Thoroughbred, who escaped unharmed

The suspect approached the mounted police officer during the chaos and reportedly punched the 13-year-old Thoroughbred, who escaped unharmed

Troop Horse Tobruk and his trooper Senior Constable Patrick Condon on Monday.  Kristian Pulkownik, 33, reportedly punched NSW Police horse Tobruk in the nose the

Troop Horse Tobruk and his trooper Senior Constable Patrick Condon on Monday.  Kristian Pulkownik, 33, reportedly punched NSW Police horse Tobruk in the nose the

Troop Horse Tobruk and his trooper Senior Constable Patrick Condon on Monday. Kristian Pulkownik, 33, reportedly punched NSW Police horse Tobruk in the nose the

Tobruk photographed recovering in his stable on Saturday night.  The accused allegedly used unlawful force against the horse and faces four separate charges

Tobruk photographed recovering in his stable on Saturday night.  The accused allegedly used unlawful force against the horse and faces four separate charges

Tobruk photographed recovering in his stable on Saturday night. The accused allegedly used unlawful force against the horse and faces four separate charges

Some protesters during Saturday's demonstration violently clashed with police, leading to ugly scenes that shocked the nation

Some protesters during Saturday's demonstration violently clashed with police, leading to ugly scenes that shocked the nation

Some protesters during Saturday’s demonstration violently clashed with police, leading to ugly scenes that shocked the nation

Court documents allege that the 33-year-old used unlawful force against Tobruk “through conduct that a person of reasonable fortitude, if present at the crime scene, would have feared for their safety.”

Greater Sydney has been on lockdown for the past four weeks, with residents only allowed to leave the house with a reasonable excuse.

The lawyer asked for immediate telephone contact with Pulkownik before his next appearance on Thursday, where he is expected to apply for bail.

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