Bouncer melee charge dropped


Police have dropped an assault charge against the daughter of a would-be MP - more than 18 months after the incident.

Zoe Veint, 22, was accused of repeatedly punching a bouncer who was restraining her boyfriend Nathan Proctor at 1.30am in Searle Lane on September 20, 2014.

Later that morning, voting booths in the general election opened. Her dad James Veint stood on the Ban 1080 Party ticket.

James Veint told Mountain Scene at the time it was a case of two bouncers being “heavy-handed” but security firm boss Ed Stott denied that was the case.

Proctor’s arm was broken in a melee, after he’d initially refused to leave a bar but then left of his own accord. He was jointly charged with assaulting bouncer Neil Kirk.

No assault charges were laid against any doormen.

Both Proctor, 39, and Veint pleaded not guilty.

At Queenstown District Court on Monday, sergeant Ian Collin withdrew the charge against Zoe Veint and downgraded the charge against Proctor to disorderly behaviour.

Collin told the judge: “This matter has been progressing towards a fixture but both witnesses have now left New Zealand, one to the Australia and one to the UK.”

Proctor’s lawyer Sonia Vidal told the judge there had been an 18-month delay because there was no availability in Queenstown’s district court to hear a trial longer than one day.

Collin says police had “taken a step back” and looked at the level of the charge, the costs involved and the likelihood of a conviction.

Proctor admitted disorderly behaviour and was fined $500.

James Veint was fourth-ranked at the Glenorchy polling station with just 16 votes.