Sportsman accused of assault in Queenstown gets bail

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by Edward Gay, New Zealand Herald

A sportsman accused of resisting police, escaping custody, assaulting his partner and a police officer in Queenstown has been freed on bail. 

The man, who has name suppression, appeared at the Auckland District Court yesterday. 

The charges stem from an incident in a Queenstown bar last month. 

The man’s lawyer Hugh Leabourn told the court that he had applied for a copy of CCTV footage from the bar “which seems to be the strength of the police case” but was yet to receive it. 

He said that the man’s partner has talked to victim services and has no fears for her safety. 

“The complainant said nothing happened and a witness has said nothing happened.” 

Mr Leabourn said given the statement from the partner, the man should be allowed out on bail with conditions. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Colin MacDonald told the court that police had not had an opportunity to speak to the man’s partner. 

“I do have concerns for her safety,” Mr MacDonald said. 

Judge Thomas Everitt granted the man bail but because of a non-association order, the man is not allowed to stay with his partner, be violent or drink alcohol. 

He is due back in court next month.