Mall incident lands man in court

Last updated 05:00 22/07/2014

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A man restrained by bouncers and members of the public and then pepper-sprayed by police in Queenstown has appeared in court.

Samuel Peter Wilby, 28, of Frankton, appeared before a registrar in the Queenstown District Court yesterday charged with assault and resisting police. He was pepper-sprayed during an incident in the Queenstown Mall at 4.10am on Saturday. The registrar remanded his case without plea to August 18.

Members of the public and bouncers restrained Wilby and Jaih Sneddon, 22, during the allegedly violent incident in central Queenstown.

Sneddon was charged with assault, resisting police, escaping police custody and disorderly behaviour in a manner likely in the circumstances to cause violence to start on July 19. No pleas were entered and he was remanded to appear on July 18.

Disorderly

Florent Gabriel Raphael Jean-Rene Duthier, 25, was remanded without plea to appear in the Blenheim District Court on July 28 charged with behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence to start, possessing cannabis and a pipe and grinder on July 17.

Theft

Tamaraukura Sebastian Ritter, 22, was remanded without plea to July 28 charged with stealing $400 cash, makeup and a taxi identification card valued at $420 on July 5.

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