The Queenstown bouncer central to the Mike Tindall Rugby World Cup scandal has indicated he’ll fight a serious assault charge.
Jonathan Dixon, 40, made his first appearance in Queenstown District Court yesterday (Monday) on a charge of wounding with reckless disregard causing grievous bodily harm.
Police charged Dixon last Friday after an alleged bar assault on January 21 in Queenstown which left the victim Jordan Sinke, 26, in an induced coma.
Judge Michael Turner granted Dixon bail ahead of his next appearance on February 13 – until then he is not allowed to frequent licensed premises except when working as a bouncer.
At this morning’s session, duty solicitor Sonia Vidal told the court Dixon’s instructions to her are he’ll fight the charge.
It was Dixon’s first appearance following the 3am incident in Subculture nightclub. Sinke, who managed Queenstown’s Dux de Lux bar, has been bought out of his coma but remains in Dunedin Hospital. During surgery, he had a 10-12cm bone flap removed to ease swelling of his brain.
Dixon also faces a charge of common assault of a friend of Sinke’s who was also in Subculture at the time.
Vidal originally argued for interim name suppression, saying there appears to be some conclusions already being made about Dixon’s involvement.
“His instructions to me are he is not guilty and he was going to assist rather than assault the main complainant,” Vidal says.
However, Vidal decided not pursue name suppression this afternoon because Dixon had already been named by several media outlets so the “horse had already bolted”.
During the Rugby World Cup, Dixon uploaded to YouTube CCTV footage from inside Queenstown bar Altitude showing English rugby star Mike Tindall partying with an ex-girlfriend.
The footage of Tindall, who’d just got married to royal Zara Phillips, sparked an international media storm.
Dixon interspersed the footage with excerpts of himself describing Tindall’s behaviour as “unbecoming”. Dixon faces a charge of unlawfully obtaining video surveillance footage in relation to that incident.
Approached by Mountain Scene, Dixon wouldn’t comment on the alleged assault case but indicated he was perplexed about being charged in the first place.