Boozed Gibbston concert-goer’s nasty attack on elderly

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A BOOZED Gibbston concert goer who randomly attacked four people – including a pair of pensioners – left one needing eye surgery.

Gore linesman Simon John Windle, 34, admitting the unprovoked attacks when he appeared before Judge Michael Turner in Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Windle told Judge Turner he had no recollection of his run-ins with Warren and Irene Thompson and David and Sue Merry following the concert headlined by rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and 10cc who attracted a crowd of about 15,000.

Sue Merry sustained a broken right eye socket requiring surgery and insertion of titanium plates while Irene Thompson received two black eyes. Her husband who is 70 and David Merry received cuts and abrasions.

Prosecuting Sergeant Ian Collin told the court the Thompsons were driving towards Dunedin on State Highway 6 when they pulled the car over at 5.45pm to adjust a load on their trailer.

Warren got out of the car while his wife remained in the front passenger seat.

Windle was “staggering down the middle of the road”, shouting and gesturing to traffic as he approached the Thompsons’ vehicle.

Warren told Windle to “sit down out of harm’s way”.

Sergeant Collin said Windle inquired about Warren’s religion and then “was muttering something about Allah” before he began punching Warren’s face and head and pushed him into the driver’s door with sufficient force to leave a dent.

Irene got out of the car and told Windle to stop _ he punched her in the face with sufficient force to knock her backwards, over the tow bar.

Windle ran off in the direction he’d come from, followed by security staff and encountered the Merrys, a couple in their 50s, walking from the concert to their vehicle.

Windle walked up to David and threw a punch at his head.

Sergeant Collin said David ducked under the punch, but fell backwards on to the ground.

Windle then attacked Sue, punching her “at least once” to the face.

David and others then subdued Windle and held him on the ground until police arrived.

Sergeant Collin said Windle had attended the outdoor concert, which began at 1.30pm, with three friends and during the course of the afternoon consumed a number of beers and can of pre-mixed bourbon.

Plus Windle smoked a cannabis cigarette with an unknown male near the toilet block.

Windle told police he had no recollection of the incidents, and the last thing he remembered was going to the toilets and the next was being in the back of the police van.

Judge Turner entered the conviction and remanded Windle on bail for sentencing later this month.

Judge Turner ordered a presentence report to consider home and community detention, however, that was no indication of the outcome. – Otago Daily Times