Man’s bum pinch then punch earns an arrest


A local man, 18, has been charged with assault after a spat that started when the alleged offender pinched the backside of his victim’s Irish girlfriend. 

The Queenstown teenager was collared at 2.30am last Saturday after throwing punches outside Fergburger. 

“Apparently, an argument started earlier in the evening because the 18-year-old grabbed the girl’s bottom as she was leaving a Shotover Street bar,” Drader says. 

“The two males had an altercation and the offender allegedly had another go at the victim later that night before he was arrested at Fergburger for punching him in the head. 

“We are looking at the circumstances and have yet to decide if there will be any more charges laid,” Drader adds.

Strip club yob pulls off knob

A 30-year-old man from Palmerston, North Otago, was so keen to get into a Queenstown strip club that he pulled the door handle off. 

The visitor’s troubles started when he was denied entry to the Cadillac Club in Church Lane at 1.45am last Friday because he’d had too much to drink. 

“When he wasn’t allowed in, the alleged offender apparently tugged at the door handle and swung on it so hard that the whole thing broke off,” Drader observes. 

“He was charged with wilful damage.”

Piddler’s leaky excuse

An 18-year-old waterproofer from Queenstown was caught peeing outside Fergburger at 4.20am on December 15. 

“He said he was showing off his outdoor urination skills to some mates,” Drader says. 

“But what’s so great about that? That’s something we can all do, waterproofer or not.”

Trouble at the double

A soldier from Australia, 27, was arrested for assaulting his female partner in the street last Friday night. 

“The couple had been drinking at a backpackers they were staying at before going out on the town,” Drader says. 

“Later, when they were in a bar they started arguing about money and how much each other had been drinking. 

“When they left, it’s alleged the soldier pushed her to the ground in Shotover St.”

Windsurfing Santa rescued

A female windsurfer dressed in a Santa outfit had to be pulled from Lake Wakatipu after getting into trouble at 5.30pm last Saturday, Drader says. 

“It’s believed that Santa’s mast had broken near Glenorchy and she was rescued by a boat from Kinloch,” he says.

Shoplifting for Christmas

Police are looking for a woman aged 55-65 in connection with a $465 glass Christmas tree that went walkies from McKenzie & Willis retail shop in Gorge Road at 4.30pm on December 14. 

“The lady is described as being about five feet tall and is perhaps Asian,” Drader says. 

“The suspicion is that the item went into her handbag before she left the shop and she was seen heading in the direction of FreshChoice supermarket.”

Frisbee basket’s full circle

Police want to find out who nicked a heavy disc golf basket from the popular 18-hole course in Queenstown Gardens. 

The 34kg steel device – from hole number 11 – was dug out of the ground by someone overnight last Thursday.
It was later discovered dumped back in the Gardens two days later on Sunday. 

“It would have taken quite a bit of effort to remove,” Drader comments. 

“We would like to hear from anyone who may know something about this.”