Cop allegedly assaulted with tool


A Queenstown police sergeant was allegedly hit over the head with a metal tool while attending an incident.

Sergeant Keith Newell sustained a 3cm gash to his head.

Senior sergeant Paula Enoka says a 33-year-old Frankton man was arrested and faces serious charges.

Enoka, this morning, says Newell is recovering well.

Enoka says: “The gash was glued, he didn’t need stitches or suffer a concussion, and insisted on coming back into work yesterday.” 

Police were called to a Frankton address at about 4.30am on Sunday after reports the man had assaulted his flatmate. 

He’s then allegedly hit Newell, kicked out at another officer and resisted arrest.

“He is known to us,” Enoka says. ”Solvent abuse is likely a factor.”

Enoka says Newell believes his thick police-issue beanie offered him some protection from the tool, understood to be a wrench.

The man is due to court this morning facing charges of injuring with intent to injure, wounding with intent, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. 

He was one of seven people were arrested in Queenstown at the weekend on assault and fighting charges.

Police Southern District Command Centre senior sergeant Craig Brown says three men aged 22, 23 and 28 – including an Irish national – were arrested for fighting in the resort’s downtown area at 1am yesterday.

About 30 minutes later, a 25-year-old Christchurch woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting the duty manager and a security doorman at Winnies bar in the Mall.

Also in the Mall, about the same time, two Christchurch men, aged 28 and 29, were arrested for fighting. 

On Saturday, just after midnight, a 24 year old Queenstown man was arrested for allegedly assaulting another man near the KFC restaurant on Camp St.