Accused of threatening to kill
A 72-year-old Wanaka man has appeared in court charged with threatening to kill a police officer's daughters.
Peter John Barratt appeared before a justice of the peace in Queenstown District Court this morning charged with assaulting a police officer with intent to obstruct, threatening to kill a senior constable and his daughters, threatening to kill a constable, resisting a constable and drink-driving with a breath alcohol level of 751mcg having been convicted at least twice previously.
The legal limit for a driver aged over 20 is 400mcg per litre of breath.
Barratt wore an apparently blood-stained checked shirt and had a black eye.
The incidents are alleged to have happened near Makarora yesterday afternoon. The officer allegedly assaulted is Senior Constable Sean Hurley, of the Wanaka police.
Barratt was remanded on bail to an address in Haast with conditions including no contact with Hurley, no driving, no alcohol, no travelling to Wanaka unless attending court and to report daily to Haast police.
He is to reappear in the Queenstown District Court on April 28.
The Southland Times