Witness sees ‘shocking’ assault by high-profile sportsman

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An eyewitness has spoken of watching a Kiwi sportsman allegedly punch a woman in the face in Queenstown.

Local man Steve Wilde maintains he saw a man punch a woman in the face at a resort bar at about 1am today (Wednesday).

“She just stepped back and stood there,” Wilde recalls.

He has given a statement to police and subsequently viewed the footage.

“It shows her walking up to him, she’s not looking aggressive at all, and him just punching her.”

“I was quite shocked – firstly for seeing a man hit a woman – that’s shocking.”

The man is charged with assaulting a female – understood to be his partner – assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and escaping custody. He was due to appear in court today.