Thriller’s 12th bout came outside the ring


It wasn’t just boxers trading blows at charity fight night Thriller in the Chiller – some of the audience got in on the act too. 

A 29-year-old Scottish roofer living in Queenstown allegedly glassed a local man in the face during the show at the Events Centre last Sunday night. 

Both men were arrested when the victim, 37, later turned up at his attacker’s house and allegedly bashed him in revenge. 

“An intoxicated man was ejected from the Events Centre by security staff after a male had his lower jaw cut by someone brandishing a broken bottle at his throat,” intelligence support officer Haley MacKenzie says. 

“He went home where it’s said he was later attacked and punched by the victim.” 

The Scottish man has been charged with assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon. The Queenstowner has been charged with common assault.


A quick-thinking visitor tracked down an iPad stolen from his central Queenstown hotel room last Sunday by using a GPS system on a mate’s computer. 

“The victim had left his door ajar during the night and someone sneaked in and pinched his iPad,” MacKenzie observes. 

“He then used the GPS on his friend’s iPad to track it down and quickly found it in a plastic bag hidden in a bush down by the lake.” 

The stolen iPad is now being fingerprinted by police.

Roll out the barrel

A visitor from Southland who was spotted nicking a beer keg by cops tried to hide it behind a parked car when confronted. 

“Officers saw the man carrying the keg across a carpark at Searle Lane at 1am last Sunday,” MacKenzie says. 

“When he was approached he apparently dropped the keg behind a car and simply pretended it wasn’t there.” 

The alleged offender is an 18-year-old plumber from Blackmount.

Taxi driver bashed

A Canadian bartender working in the resort has been charged with assaulting a taxi driver who he claims took him to the wrong address. 

The alleged offender, 29, is said to have punched the cabbie at about 4.30am on Monday. 

“It would appear that the passenger took offence at not being taken straight home so he became abusive then allegedly attacked the driver,” MacKenzie says.

Squash club ransacked again

Queenstown Squash Club’s premises at the back of the Memorial Hall have been broken into and cash stolen for the second time within a week. 

The latest burglary happened sometime overnight last Sunday. 

“The offender used exactly the same method to get in as the first time,” MacKenzie comments. 

“Again, the thief just took money and didn’t touch any alcohol that was also there.” 

Mobile burglar collared

Police want to hear from anyone who may have had items stolen from their cars or houses recently but haven’t yet reported it. 

The call comes after a 31-year-old man was arrested in Christchurch and charged with two burglaries and six thefts from motor vehicles in the Queenstown area during the past two months. 

It appears that some of the items recovered from the alleged offender – who’d been targeting homes and cars in the Wakatipu – have not been reported to cops. 

Trouble on the road

A 20-year-old Queenstowner has been hit with a raft of motoring charges after being caught allegedly drink-driving at about 5am last Sunday. 

Cops pounced after they spotted the man, who is already disqualified from driving, sitting in his car in Fernhill.