A gutsy Queenstown comm-unity guide is back on the beat – a month after being bashed in a savage attack.
Alex Taylor, 33, considered quitting his role as a part-time CBD street patroller following the sickening 1.40am assault in Church Street on November 21.
He was left suffering from a suspected fractured back, broken cheekbone and severe bruising after being kicked, punched and head-butted to the ground by drunken thugs.
Last Friday he returned to the three-nights-a-week job he loves.
“Despite the attack, I’ve been eager to get back onto the streets as I’m committed to helping make the community a safer and more enjoyable place for both locals and the many visitors to the region over the summer months,” Taylor says.
“I enjoy my job and find it very rewarding. I feel privileged to be able to contribute to the community and serve them in a positive way.”
Taylor – who was patrolling the CBD with his partner Lily Reeve at the time of the attack – also pays tribute to the backing he’s had from resort residents.
“The tremendous amount of support and encouragement I have received from the public has been quite overwhelming,” he says.
On December 13 at Queenstown District Court, Tony Jean Spence, 21, a local glazier, was sentenced to 50 hours’ community work for his part in the attack on Taylor.
A 21-year-old Dunedin man has separately been charged with serious assault.