Named: Arrowtown teen accused of indecent assault


An Arrowtown teenager – accused of indecently assaulting a local woman – has had his bid for interim name suppression dropped.

Elijahwon Patelesio, 18, appeared in Queenstown District Court last Monday charged with unlawfully entering a house on Berkshire Street with the intent to commit a crime and for indecently assaulting a woman on August 27.

It’s understood that Patelesio, a kitchenhand, is the brother of Anne Marie Patelesio – who made headlines in 2009 for driving drunk and crashing her car through a fence, hitting a stone barbeque and landing in an Arrowtown backyard swimming pool.

Elijahwon was denied name suppression when he appeared in front of Judge Kevin Phillips but duty solicitor applied for an appeal notice to be lodged within three days. No notice has been tabled in the timeframe.

The accused has been remanded without plea for a post-committal conference on September 19.

Police make indecent assault arrest in Queenstown 

Queenstown police have arrested an Alexandra man in relation to an indecent assault in Queenstown. 

The alleged assault is alleged to have occurred in the early afternoon of Thursday, August 4, at the Tuckers Beach Reserve area. 

Detective Lisa Watt says the victim is a 38-year-old Japanese woman residing in Queenstown while at a local English language school. 

The man, 57, has been bailed to re-appear in the Queenstown District Court next Monday, on September 19.