‘Mr Bondi’ wins battle against police after being arrested in parakeet smugglers during Covid lockdown
‘Mr Bondi’ has had a major victory in his legal battle against the police after they dropped all charges for his dramatic arrest during the height of Sydney’s lockdown.
Dimitri Moskovich, 55, was tackled and handcuffed when he was arrested in his Speedos on April 19 last year. He was charged with opposing an officer and failing to comply with a notice in a public place.
The colorful Russian-born personality claimed that there were no signs at Ben Buckler Point in North Bondi and that he had the right to go outside for essential exercises.
Sydney man Dimitri Moskovich (pictured) has won a major battle against NSW police
The popular strongman came out of Downing Center court on Friday after prosecutors dismissed charges against him and agreed to pay his $ 25,000 court costs.
Mr. Moskovich told reporters he could not believe such a thing could happen in Australia, the Daily telegram reported.
“I came to this country, it is a free country, when it happened to me, I thought I was in Russia,” he said.
The Bondi icon is now preparing to sue New South Wales police for unlawful arrest and assault.
Dozens of shocked locals watched and filmed Mr. Moskovich – wearing nothing but his signature red parakeet smugglers – who was arrested by two police officers.
In the disturbing footage, Mr. Moskovich was held on the grass while the officers tried to handcuff him.
Locals pleaded with the police not to use handcuffs and to let Mr. Moskovich keep his ‘dignity’.
Mr. Moskovich’s arrest (pictured) made headlines after he was filmed fighting with two NSW officers and now his lawyer claims the arrest involved ‘unlawful violence’.
Dozens of shocked locals watched and filmed Mr. Moskovich (pictured) wearing nothing but his signature red parakeet smugglers as he was arrested by police officers
“Just work with us, okay?” the female agents told Mr. Moskovich, who called on spectators to film the incident.
He begged the police to let him go without being handcuffed first.
Please guys, just stop. I’m not doing anything wrong. You started bothering me. You started nothing with me, ‘he hears saying.
“I’ll go with you to the police station, but I won’t give you my arms.”
Police eventually handcuffed Mr. Moskovich before putting him in the back of a police car.
He was subsequently charged with resisting arrest and failing to comply with a notice in a public place.
At the time of his arrest, Bondi Beach had been closed for more than two weeks after the coronavirus outbreak forced social distance.
Mr. Moskovich is famous among the Bondi community and is often seen playing sports in the open-air gym of the famous promenade.
Dimitri Moskovich bruised his wrist and cut his forehead after being pinned by police
His arrest was also recorded on an officer’s body-worn camera, but the court heard that it was not changed until halfway through the interaction.
In the video, Mr. Moskovich is said to have reportedly heard two officers at Rose Bay Police Station say, “You attacked me for nothing … you are abusing your power.”
The local celebrity then asks, ‘Should I put my arms behind my back? Can you please tell me why? ‘
One of the officers simply replies, “You are under arrest.”
His lawyer Nick Hanna said his client should never have been charged.
His damage is enormous. In the meantime, the bare minimum that the NSW police can do is to apologize to Dimitri. ‘
NSW police told Daily Mail Australia in a statement that the decision to drop the charges against Mr. Moskovich was made after a review by senior Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command officers and prosecutors.
“An internal investigation is underway into the circumstances of the arrest and the behavior of the agents involved,” said NSW police.
“Since the case is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Mr. Moskovich (pictured) is famous among the Bondi community and often spotted exercising on the famed boardwalk’s outdoor gym