Goldilocks and a few beers


Cops were called to a home in Thompson St at midnight last Thursday after a 43-year-old man was found asleep in bed at the wrong house.

“It was a bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” constable Sean Drader says.

“The guy was intoxicated and said he thought he was in his own place.

“But he lives in Frankton, which is nowhere near where he was found.

“He was very apologetic and was taken home.”

Night vision

A man whose CCTV picture appeared in last week’s Mountain Scene became the fifth person arrested by Queenstown cops in connection with a mass fight in Cow Lane in the early hours of June 1.

The 26-year-old Brazilian – a part-time resort bouncer – was charged with assault and disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.

Meanwhile, trouble continues…

The violence…

A 25-year-old Queenstown male was charged with injuring with intent after an alleged serious assault on another local man at 1.55am last Thursday. “The victim was transferred to hospital in Invercargill after suffering a bloodied mouth and a serious shoulder injury,” Drader says.

A 22-year-old local man was also arrested outside Chico’s at 1.26am last Saturday and done for fighting in a public place.

The incident happened 10 minutes after a group brawl had broken out at the World Bar but which had dispersed by the time police arrived.

Another 34-year-old local was charged with male assault on a female and intentional damage when cops were called to a domestic disturbance at a Queenstown address at 9.33pm last Friday. “The man had been drinking,” Drader adds.

…and more bad behaviour

A 27-year-old male Queenstowner was done for disorderly behaviour after an alleged disturbance at Betty’s Liquor Store in Frankton at 11.10pm last Saturday.

“He had become aggressive and abusive towards a female staff member who he frightened,” Drader says. “He couldn’t be calmed down and was arrested.”

At 11.43pm last Thursday, a 22-year-old Oamaru man and a 20-year-old Queenstowner were arrested for disorderly behaviour after scrapping at the Night ‘n’ Day store in Camp Street opposite the police station.

“One guy was trying to have a fight with the other in the store and he dropped his jeans in the shop,” Drader says.

“Outside, they were hitting each other and were arrested.”

A few hours later another Queenstown man, 22, was also done for disorderly behaviour at the same store after becoming obnoxious, yelling and swearing at staff and being abusive to police.

He was also charged with possession of cannabis.

Petrol thief on prowl

Petrol was siphoned from the fuel tank of a car parked in Centennial Avenue in Arrowtown sometime overnight last Saturday.

“We can get a spate of these incidents when petrol prices go up,” Drader says.

A 25-year-old Frenchman in New Zealand on a work visa was charged with possessing cannabis after being stopped for a driving offence in Man St at 4.30pm last Saturday.

A 23-year-old man from Chile working in Queenstown was also done for possession of cannabis at 4am last Sunday in Gorge Road while returning from a party in Malaghans Rd.

A Queenstown video hire shop is missing a $900 computer games console. “The person believed to have had it has apparently gone back to Brazil,” Drader says.