Smack, bang, whack


Booze and high temps fuel hot tempers.

Queenstown police dealt with a series of assaults last weekend as a mix of hot weather and booze sent tempers soaring.

A 30-year-old Australian man was arrested at 5am on Monday after allegedly thumping a worker at the Slice pizza outlet in Shotover Street.

“The offender tried to order some food and wasn’t pleased when told the shop was closing,” says constable Sean Drader.

“He then allegedly manhandled a staff member in an alleyway, put him in a headlock and punched him.”

At 3.30am the previous day an Australian tourist, 26, had his lip split by a male who bashed him, also in Shotover St.

The offender, who was with a group of other Maori or Polynesian men, is described as being of stocky build and sporting short, spiky hair with a dyed ginger bit at the back of his neck.

Yet another assault took place at Chico’s bar in The Mall at 2.30am on February 6, when a 26-year-old Czech man was twice hit in the face by an unknown Maori or Polynesian male, who was with a group of 10 or more friends and believed to be on a stag party.

“The victim was taken to hospital in Invercargill suffering from a suspected broken jaw,” adds Drader.

Gone fishin’

A boat was broken into on Lake Wakatipu near the Park Street boatsheds overnight on February 6-7.

The offenders used an old boat and a kayak paddle to get out to the craft before breaking a window and making off with four fishing rods, tackle boxes and plastic cutlery.

“Maybe they took the cutlery hoping they’d catch something to eat with the stolen fishing gear,” suggests Drader.

Shoplifting bad for health

A 50-year-old Queenstown woman was arrested at 6pm last Thursday after being caught nicking expensive bottles of health products from Alpine Supermarket in Shotover St.

“It might have been better for her health if she’d left the items alone or paid for them,” says Drader.
Triple trouble for hoons

Three 18-year-old Southland men were nicked in Queenstown on Sat­­urday night after arriving in two cars.

The first, a farmer from Nightcaps, was arrested at 8pm after fighting broke out in one vehicle just outside the police station and brawling spilled out on to the street.

“The car went away leaving one of the men on the road and he was arrested for fighting,” says Drader.

“A second man was arrested for the same thing shortly afterwards.”

Another of the party was later collared for using offensive language after they’d driven back into town and were seen throwing bottles out of the window.