Lighten up, Mr Nasty

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A Queenstown man who allegedly assaulted a police officer with the copper’s own torch is due to appear in court early next month. 

The 31-year-old New Zealander had been arrested outside The Boiler Room on Steamer Wharf in the early hours of Monday morning. 

After allegedly resisting arrest, the man was taken into custody at Queenstown Police Station. While being processed, he allegedly hit the constable over the head with the torch. 

As a result, the officer required treatment for minor injuries at Lakes District Hospital. 

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: “He turned nasty after being turned away from a bar on Steamer Wharf.”
 
Police were called to the bar at 2am on Monday. The man faces three serious charges – assaulting police with a blunt instrument, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour. 

The man was remanded on bail without plea at Queenstown District Court on Tuesday and is due to appear again on Monday, November 5.

Town centre trouble

Police made several other arrests in the Queenstown CBD during the long Labour Day weekend as revellers got themselves into various pickles. 

On Saturday, shortly after 3am, a 41-year-old New Zealander was arrested outside Skybar on Camp Street for disorderly behaviour. 

Sergeant Kate Pirovano says: “He was removed from the bar but continued to argue the point and started pushing and shoving people.” 

About an hour later, a 28-year-old Irish man was arrested for fighting on The Mall. The man, who lives in Christchurch, was also charged with resisting arrest. 

Police dealt with a man on a stag do who allegedly tried to headbutt an officer as he was arrested. 

The man had been refused entry to a Rees Street bar at 12.40am on Sunday. He argued and allegedly lashed out at a bouncer before walking off. 

“He was found and when arrested for behaviour offences, he tried to headbutt police and was very aggressive,” Pirovano claims. 

Two men were arrested for fighting outside Fergburger on Shotover Street at 4am on Monday.
 
“They were arrested for brawling,” Blackford says. “One man had taken exception to another man chatting to a female in his company.”

Kayaker located

A search and rescue operation found a kayaker safe and well after a two-hour search on Saturday evening. 

The man was reported missing on the Nevis River at 6pm. A helicopter spotted the kayaker at a confluence at 8.20pm and he was recovered. 

“That’s a good result,” Pirovano says.

Fiery tempers

An Arrowtown man is denying assaulting another local after an argument about putting logs on the fire at the New Orleans Hotel. 

Gary James Cody, 60, allegedly punched a man twice in the face after the pair became involved in a verbal altercation on August 24.
 
In Queenstown District Court on Tuesday, Cody’s lawyer Phena Byrne told Judge Kevin Phillips that Cody accepts he struck the other man, but it was only one punch in self-defence after the man allegedly grabbed him round the neck. 

Cody had been on his way to ask a staff member to put logs on the fire at the pub when the man allegedly intervened, having taken offence at how Cody spoke to the employee, the court heard. 

Cody has been remanded on bail till November 19, when he is due to reappear in court to set a date for a hearing. 

Cody was also convicted and fined $300 plus court costs for possessing cannabis on October 13.
 
Police found cannabis on Cody when they arrested him for breaching a bail condition of not drinking alcohol.
 
They found him walking out of the New Orleans Hotel.