Charges after ‘booze-fuelled Queenstown attack’


An Australian tourist has been charged with threatening to kill and assault after an alcohol-fuelled attack on guests at a Queenstown backpackers hostel on Monday night.

J. William Roncevich (24), of Northern Territory, was remanded on bail to August 23 when he appeared before Judge Mark Callaghan in Queenstown’s court yesterday.

He is charged with assaulting Constable Melanie Allen with intent to obstruct, threatening to kill Senior Constable Darren Cranfield, assaulting Seong-gyeon Kim with intent to injure, disorderly behaviour at YHA Lakeside Queenstown, assaulting Snr Const Cranfield with intent to obstruct, resisting Sergeant Linda Stevens and threatening to kill Christopher John Marr.

Police were called to the YHA backpackers in Lake Esplanade late on Monday night after Roncevich allegedly attacked other guests.

Duty lawyer Louise Denton said the defendant had consumed a lot of alcohol.

Judge Callaghan bailed Roncevich to the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside hotel, where he’s under a night-time curfew.

He can’t consume alcohol, visit a licensed premises, go to the YHA Lakeside backpackers or apply for international travel documents.

Otago Daily Times