Slapper’ teenager to face music in court


A Queenstown teenager has a date in the local court after allegedly slapping a 13-year-old girl in the face at a boozy party. 

The 18-year-old man was at a Park Street address on Monday night when a “drinking session got out of hand”, senior constable Chris Blackford alleges. 

The accused was told to leave the premises and as the situation got heated, the girl – who lives at the address – stepped in to intervene. The man, a friend of the family, allegedly slapped her in the face, causing bruising. 

Later that same night, the man presented himself at Queenstown Police Station downtown at about 11.30pm. 

“He must have realised we would want to speak to him about assaulting a 13-year-old,” Blackford says. 

“It appears that at the station he was aggressive and he was arrested. Due to his level of intoxication he was put into the cells for the night.” 

Police have charged him with threatening behaviour and fighting, and he’s due to appear in court on Monday. 

Flying punches 

Cops were called to Kingston after a fight broke out at a staff function on Wednesday morning. 

Two men were allegedly involved in the fracas, which took place at 1.30am at an end-of-season staff function for a Kingston company, Blackford says. 

“One was punched by the other or vice-versa,” he says. 

“Enquiries are continuing.” 

Kids left alone 

Police were called to Lakeview Holiday Park after two young children were found wandering by themselves on Monday. 

The toddlers, aged three and one, had been on their own in the cabins area for about 30 minutes at about 5pm, Blackford says. 

“The mother was found to be in the cabin but was asleep and could not be woken. 

“The children were taken to reception before police were called,” Blackford says. 

Disgruntled ex-staffer 

A 23-year-old Englishman was dealt with after causing problems in his former workplace, United Video on Stanley Street. 

The man entered the store at about 6pm on Monday and started knocking DVDs off the shelves, Blackford alleges. 

“He was a previous employee of United Video. 

“He was arrested and given a pre-charge warning.” 

Light-fingered Irishman 

An Irishman was given a pre-charge warning after shoplifting from FreshChoice supermarket on Monday. 

The 24-year-old put items valued at $21 into his pockets and left without paying. 

Drink, drive, lie 

A Queenstown woman has been arrested in relation to drink-driving, careless driving and making a false statement after crashing her car early on Tuesday morning. 

The 24-year-old English national was driving on Robins Road in Queenstown at about 5am when she crashed into a parked car, damaging her own vehicle and the parked vehicle. 

“She claimed that her car had been stolen from Kingston but police enquiries revealed that that was not the case and that her story had been invented,” Blackford says. 

Her excess breath alcohol reading was 630 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg. 

The woman is due to appear in court on Monday. 

Shot dog 

Police are investigating an incident on Littles Rd after a small dog was shot on Monday at 4pm. 

“It’s not known if the dog was shot on the Littles Road property or it’s been out loose and shot, then put back on the owner’s property. 

“Enquiries are continuing,” Blackford says. 

Disorderly dramas 

Police dealt with five cases of disorderly behaviour in central Queens­town in the early hours last Sunday morning.
At 12.45am, a 20-year-old New Zealand man was arrested after allegedly kicking a car as it rounded the Shotover/Rees St roundabout. 

“He didn’t cause any damage but the car owner was very annoyed,” Blackford says. 

At about 1am, a 22-year-old man was arrested for fighting outside the Post Office Cafe on Ballarat Street. 

Forty-five minutes later, a 21-year-old NZ man reportedly punched the window of a parked car in central Queenstown. 

“The offender has been identified but not yet located,” Blackford says. 

At 2.30am, 27-year-old and 22-year-old males were arrested for fighting in Cow Lane. 

At 3.40am, a 19-year-old was arrested for fighting outside Starbucks, in The Mall. 

The man was dealt with by way of a pre-charge warning. 

Stolen sign recovery 

A stolen Greenstone Place street sign has been recovered from someone living on the street. 

The sign was returned at 8am last Saturday. 

Blackford says: “The person who had it was dealt with by a warning.”