The trial of 61-year-old Waldemar Bonkowski, accused of abuse of his own dog, began, which ended in the death of the four-legged friend. The drama happened in the spring of this year, when the police received a video showing a former senator of Law and Justice pulling an animal on a hook behind a car. Bonkowski is facing up to five years in prison. He pleads not guilty.
The trial of 61-year-old Waldemar Bonkowski, former senator of Law and Justice, has started before the District Court in Kościerzyna (Pomerania). The man was charged with “abusing the dog with particular cruelty in that he tied the animal to the towbar of the car, started to move and increased speed so that the dog could not keep up, fell over and was dragged”.
The autopsy revealed that the animal had suffered “injuries to internal organs resulting in cardiopulmonary insufficiency” which resulted in the death of the animal. A dead dog was found on the politician’s property.
Before entering the courtroom, Bonkowski agreed to give his name. – I’m not a criminal. The media hate me. It is a political matter – said the former senator. A dozen or so people, opponents of the senator, also gathered in front of the court.
He was dragging the dog after the car
Waldemar Bonkowski responds freely – the court has not decided to arrest him. However, preventive measures in the form of police supervision and a ban on approaching witnesses were applied.
A spokeswoman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk, Grażyna Wawryniuk, told us that Bonkowski did not plead guilty to the charges against him. – While submitting the explanations, he presented different motives for his behavior – she informed.
The former PiS senator was detained on April 1. Investigators reported that the entire incident was recorded by a camera, and the film was sent to the police on March 30.
In the video, you can see the man tying a dog to the car with a string and driving the car. The animal runs at first, but then cannot keep up. It falls over and continues to drag. The video was captured by a driver behind the former senator’s car.
1. Whoever kills or kills an animal or slaughters the animal in violation of the provisions of Art. 6 the exclusion of the prohibition of killing animals, the prohibition of animal abuse, para. 1, art. 33 rules for killing animals or art. 34 killing animals in the slaughterhouse (paragraph. 1-4 shall be punishable by imprisonment of up to 3 years 1a. The same punishment applies to anyone who abuses an animal. 2. If the perpetrator of the act specified in par. 1 or 1a acts with particular cruelty is punishable by imprisonment from 3 months to 5 years.
Dead dog on the property
On that day, the officers found a dead dog on the politician’s property. This is the same dog that was being dragged behind Waldemar Bonkowski’s car. The section shows that the animal died a sudden death due to insufficiency related to head and internal injuries.
– A dog was also secured on the property, and it was placed under the care of a shelter. This one, however, has no injuries to indicate that it was being pulled by a car. Therefore, the police began checking other information they had obtained and found a dead dog on the property, also belonging to this man. This dog has been released for autopsy. The policemen will check if it is the same animal that we saw in the film – we were told by senior aspirant Karina Kamińska from the Provincial Police Headquarters in Gdańsk in April.
“I have animals for 40 years. I love animals”
In an interview with Interia, the former senator of the Law and Justice party assessed that “it is simply absurd”. “The dog got outside the fence, I looked for him, I found him and I just led him to my property. The dog was running, he was walking with his steps” – he said. “Absurdities, people write that I abuse dogs. I have animals for 40 years, I love animals, I even took cats for adoption. Just as I look after dogs, hardly anyone” – added the portal quoted by the portal.
“I hooked him on the leash on the hook, of course. That’s it. To bring him home. The dog fell over, I immediately stopped and unhooked it. I can say that much, I can’t talk, because I’m at the police interview” – the man added then .
Waldemar Bonkowski is a local politician known in Kashubia. In the parliamentary elections in 2015, he was elected a senator on behalf of PiS. In February 2018, after a series of anti-Semitic posts in social media, he was suspended by the party’s president, Jarosław Kaczyński, as a PiS member and became a non-attached senator. In the 2019 elections, he ran for re-election from his own election committee, but did not get into parliament.
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