Thursday September 5 2013
– Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Danny Nikolic says a homicide squad detective pinned him to the wall by his throat during a routine interview over a minor assault allegation.
Nikolic is charged with assaulting Detective Senior Constable Julio Salerno, then a member of the Purana Taskforce, after a 2011 interview.
But Nikolic, 38, told the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday that the officer was the aggressor. He said Senior Detective Salerno pushed him backwards into a chair, grabbed him by the throat and then held him to the wall when he stood back up.
“I thought he was outside the parameters of what he could do,” Nikolic told the court. He said he called Senior Detective Salerno a “disgrace” and told him to, “fuck off, get out of here”.
Senior Detective Salerno admitted to shoving Nikolic, but told the court he did so because he felt threatened after Nikolic stood and took a step towards him.
Nikolic denies the assault charge. Magistrate Angela Bolger will decide on Thursday if he is guilty.
– The Age