A top Queenstown bouncer believes violence from boozed female patrons is on the rise.
Ricky Campbell, operations manager at Queenstown’s Cougar Security, says his firm’s doormen believe drunken violence involving women is increasing.
“In general over the past few years the level of aggressiveness that goes with intoxication is on the rise,” Campbell says.
“I’ve been involved in hotel security since about 1995 and I’ve noticed over the last five years we’re having more and more altercations involving females, they’re becoming more physical.”
Campbell’s anecdotal comments come as two young Queenstown women were convicted and sentenced earlier this week after separate violent drunken assaults on multiple men at once.
Queenstown District Court heard how unemployed Chloe Joy Hogg, 21, bottled a bouncer outside 1876 on Ballarat Street in June after being asked to leave because she was drunk.
Hogg threw the bottle and a burning candle at the doorman, connecting with his head with both, and also kicked and punched a second doorman.
Student Jemmah Lizanne Shelling, 22, attacked three men at Winnies bar on The Mall in July in an argument about a cell phone.
Shelling punched all three repeatedly in the face, scratched them and tried to kick them in the nuts, the court heard – believing two had attacked her friend, who’d in fact stolen their phone. The other man was a member of the public who tried to defuse it.
Both women were sentenced at Queenstown District Court on Monday.
Hogg received two months and two weeks’ community detention, 80 hours’ community work and nine months’ supervision.
Shelling, who unsuccessfully sought a discharge without conviction, was ordered to pay $600 total in emotional harm payments to her victims and sentenced to six months’ supervision.
Bouncer Campbell tells Mountain Scene: “In the past you’d get the odd female scrap but now they’ll even have a go at the guys.
“It just seems to be an unfortunate fact that people are resorting to physical ways and aggression whereas in the past they’d walk away.”
Campbell says doormen use the same restraint techniques on both genders, as advised by police, with an emphasis on not hurting anybody.