A friend of a Queenstown man brutally beaten downtown last Sunday says the victim wants his attackers “dealt with”.
Police want to talk to these three men after receiving a report of a 35-year-old Queenstowner being assaulted.
The victim was using the ATM at ASB on Camp Street at 5.04am last Sunday when the vicious bashing occurred.
He had two teeth knocked out – when kicked in the head while on the ground – and also suffered a bloody nose.
The pictured men were captured on ASB and SkyCity Casino CCTV while at the scene and later when running away.
A mate of the victim tells Mountain Scene his friend has had two false teeth inserted to replace the pair knocked out.
“He had a lot of bruising too. He doesn’t want to say much – he’s obviously really unhappy. He just wants the guys to be arrested and dealt with,” the mate says.
Queenstown constable Sean Drader says it appears the attackers had been arguing with the victim earlier at Fergburger on Shotover St before going their separate ways.
A friend of the victim was having an argument with someone in the Fergburger queue and the victim went over to try and defuse it, Drader says.
The victim got his burger and left with friends to catch a taxi near Brazz but crossed the road by himself to get money from the ASB.
A video supplied to police by ASB shows two attackers simultaneously punching the victim. He falls to the ground and one of the attackers then viciously kicks him in the head.
Drader says a third person may also have been involved.
“As soon as he got attacked, his mates ran across the road. One ran down Cow Lane chasing these guys.”
The friend caught up with one of the attackers, who ended up on the ground before managing to throw a few punches and escape, Drader says.