Roofer loses memory in drunken rampage


A berserk roofer headbutted a Queenstown bouncer in a drunken blackout and resisted police.

Christchurch man Jordan William Maniapoto, 21, says he has no memory of the night he rampaged through Chico’s bar and The Mall.

Maniapoto was shouting and swearing in the popular bar at about 10pm on Saturday, June 13.

He verbally abused the duty manager who asked him to quieten down, then assaulted doorman Michael Doyle.

Dragged outside by other doormen, he behaved in a “riotous manner”, prosecuting sergeant Ian Collin told Queenstown District Court on Monday.

He continued shouting abuse and then refused to cooperate with police when they arrived on the scene. He was taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Maniapoto, living in Kelvin Heights and working locally, told police he had no explanation or memory of the incident.

Judge Robert Murfitt convicted Maniapoto on three charges - assault, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour - and ordered restorative justice is explored.

Sentencing was adjourned until July 20 and Maniapoto was remanded on bail.

Doyle’s injuries were limited to facial swelling.

Meanwhile, Queenstowner Cameron John Allan Black, 20, was told to “grow up” by the same judge after also resisting arrest.

Black admitted that charge and one of disorderly behaviour after acting the goat in The Mall on Friday night.

He’d been kicked out of a bar after being seen leaving the ladies’ loos, not before verbally abusing staff.

Then when police arrived, like Maniapoto, he resisted violently and continued yelling and swearing.

He was also taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Murfitt told him: “An ugly drunk is no fun to be with.”

He was fined a total of $1250.