Police and magistrate go rogue on Sydney man wrongly accused of punching horse

A man who allegedly 'punched' a police horse on Saturday at Sydney’s 'Rally 4 Freedom' anti-lockdown protest is being denied correct legal recourse.

Kristian Pulkownik, 33, was mentioned in Central Local Court today despite video circulating on social media clearly shows him pushing the police horse away to protect himself.

Police arrested the Surry Hills man after the demonstration despite evidence of an image used by mainstream media was manipluated to show Mr Pulkownik 'punching' the horse.

The police charged Mr Pulkownik with animal cruelty, afray and joining an unlawful assembly.

Since Pulkownik's heavy-handed arrest and incarceration, it appears the police and correctional services have gone rogue, denying him access to his legal rights.

Mr Pulkownik's barrister Hollie Blake told the court that Corrective Services NSW staff had interfered with due process, 'making it impossible' for Pulkownik to have access to his legal team while in jail and in isolation at Parklea Correctional Centre.

Magistrate Mark Richardson said he had received a note from the jail that said Pulkownik had been exercising his human rights in refusing to get a Covid test after being taken into custody.

The COVID-19 PCR tests utilised to diagnose an infected person have been well documented as being used incorrectly by the Australian Health Authorities due to over-cycling, showing mainly false positives rendering the tests useless.

Magistrate Richardson stated he believed Corrective Services officers were erring on the side of caution in refusing to take the accused out of isolation to appear in court via video link and speak to his lawyers because he could be Covid positive, yet made no mention of the offices who arrested him taking such precautions.

'I’ve been advised of the following from Parklea prison, your client is refusing to be tested, your client has been in the community, he’s at risk to others as he could be Covid-positive and your client is in isolation,' Mr Richardson said.

'They are not prepared to put him on screen, although that’s not what the note says... they’re not prepared.'

To convolute the issue, Mr Richardson then suggested Ms Blake could make an application to the NSW Supreme Court if she 'took issue with the position of the Corrective Services officers'.

Magistrate Richardson re listed the matter to be listed for a second bail application in the Local Court for August 11.

Pulkownik’s solicitor told reporters outside the court it was the second time his client has not been able to appear in front of the court this week after an earlier mention on Tuesday.

Mr Nikolic said he held great concerns regarding the lack of due legal process from the police and court in denying his client access to a lawyer.

'We can’t take proper instructions and this is critical to the legal system, a lawyer can’t do much without proper full instructions, this is what we do – it's a sad day.' he said

Mr Nikolic said he had not ruled out going to the NSW Supreme Court in order to obtain justice for his client.