Queenstown crime cam leads to assault arrest

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Queenstown’s new CCTV system has had its first major success after images identified a man accused of a nasty assault. 

The grainy photos of the alleged offender were uploaded to the police’s Facebook page after an incident outside Fergburger, Shotover Street, in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

An Australian man had been attacked from behind shortly before 4.30am. The victim was punched in the face, suffering a deep cut to his lip and was left unconscious on the road. 

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: “The victim can be seen on the camera footage lying in the road after the alleged assault. He was clearly in some difficulty.” 

Several members of the public came forward to identify the alleged offender after the footage was uploaded. 

A 31-year-old Queenstown man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with wounding with intent to injure. He is due to appear in court at a later date. 

The victim, who was taken to hospital and given stitches, initially declined to press charges but later gave a full statement to police. 

Boozed antics in CBD 

Officers have made more than a dozen arrests during the last week for drunken behaviour in Queenstown CBD, mainly aggressive behaviour, people too intoxicated to walk and, says acting sergeant Phil Hamlin, cases of “handbags at dawn.” 

They include a 28-year-old Invercargill man arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour after he attempted to grab the keys from a police patrol car. The man reached into the vehicle at about 2.20am on Cow Lane and was apprehended by officers. 

A 26-year-old Irishman had also been arrested for disorderly behaviour an hour earlier after shouting “You ****ing pigs” at a passing patrol car. 

Two Aussie tourists had to be subdued with pepper spray before being arrested at The Mall last Thursday. 

Bouncers helped police restrain the men, who had allegedly broken a cinema window. They were charged with resisting police, wilful damage and disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and spent the night in the cells. 

Another two Australian men, aged 25 and 26, were given a pre-charge warning after they were arrested for refusing to leave World Bar. Bouncers had tried to remove the drunken men at about 2am on Sunday. 

Drink drive cop stops 

A 22-year-old Peruvian man was processed for drink driving after blowing 833 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath in a test. The legal limit is 400. The man, who lives in Queenstown, had been stopped on Lake Esplanade at 1.10am on Sunday. 

An 18-year-old Kiwi was also processed for drink driving after he was stopped for allegedly “doing burnouts” at Greenstone Place in Fernhill. He blew 534mcg. 

Brazen bike thief 

A red and white Repco mountain bike was stolen from outside Shotover Street Night and Day in the early hours of Tuesday. The bike, which was not locked up, was taken at about 4.30 am.