Brit charged over ‘king-hit’ assault


A British man faces serious assault charges after allegedly king-hitting an Aussie tourist in Queenstown.

Australian traveller Aaron Rice-Williams, 27, was attacked in Church Street, outside Devil Burger, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His face was bruised, cut and swollen after the attack.

Rice-Williams says he was goaded by three men before one punched him from behind.

The blow sent him sprawling forwards, landing face-first on the pavement.

Police say while Rice-Williams was out cold, his attacker allegedly continued to rain in blows, landing three or four punches.

Officers arrested a 24-year-old UK man on Monday night after an appeal. He has been charged with injuring with intent to injure.

Adelaide man Rice-Williams, a 196cm (6ft 5in) basketball ‘‘addict’’, record label owner and property developer, says before the arrest: ‘‘It’s a pretty dog thing to do.

‘‘Back home people are pushing for a mandatory prison sentence for things like this, because one punch can kill someone, and from behind more so than ever.

‘‘So I’d want him caught and do a nice stint in jail before he’s deported.’’

Rice-Williams spent the night in hospital. He’s on the first week of a five-year, round-the-world trip, which he plans to continue.