Bouncer to begin Queenstown Tindallgate’ defence


The infamous Queenstown bouncer in the gun over the “Tindallgate” footage saga begins his defence tomorrow.
Queenstown doorman Jonathan Dixon is on trial, charged with accessing a computer system dishonestly and without right obtaining property. 

In the latest from Invercargill District Court today (Tuesday ) – day two of the trial before Judge Kevin Phillips – the jury was shown copies of the Base Bar CCTV footage of former English rugby star Mike Tindall cavorting with an ex-girlfriend. 

The footage dates back to 2011’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Dixon uploaded the footage to YouTube, which came six weeks after Tindall had married royal Zara Phillips, fuelling an international media frenzy. 

Dixon, who has pleaded not guilty to dishonestly accessing the system obtaining the footage without right, was working as a bouncer at the bar at the time. 

The jury heard yesterday that Dixon accepts he accessed the system, but believes he had the right to do so. 

A former receptionist of the business this morning gave evidence that Dixon asked her to download the footage. She said she did not question the request because he was the head of security at the bar at the time.

The Dixon trial has been adjourned until tomorrow, after the Crown’s last witness in the United Kingdom failed to turn up for a video link.

Attempts will be made to reach the man again tomorrow, before the defence begins its case.