Police say bar staff bashed patron

19:26, Oct 25 2012

Police in Queenstown have charged a bar manager with a prolonged aggravated assault.

Sergeant Blair Duffy, of Queenstown, said police arrested the 32-year-old man on Wednesday at 1pm.

He was charged with assault with intent to injure in relation to an incident in Cow Ln at 2.30am on October 17, he said.

A customer was removed from the bar and allegedly assaulted by the manager and another member of the bar staff in Cow Ln.

The victim was punched, pushed to he ground then slapped and punched again before being dragged further down Cow Ln, where he suffered more blows to the head.

A nearby business contacted police with surveillance footage of the assault, which led to the arrest.


Police arrested another member of staff yesterday, a 32-year-old Scottish man who was charged with assault.

"We would like to make an appeal should anybody have further information," Mr Duffy said.

"It was quite a prolonged assault, close to 20 punches."

Police were also expecting a bar owner to provide security footage from a company hard drive.

The bar manager has resigned and information given to police suggested the intoxicated cus-

tomer was removed after he verbally threatened staff.

Meanwhile, a 52-year-old man was charged with an assault in Hylton Place at 1.40pm on Wednesday.

It appeared the man was at a meeting and allegedly twice pushed a woman, police said.

A 48-year-old man was processed for drink-driving after recording 778mcg breath alcohol when he was stopped on Panorama Tce at 3.30am yesterday.

An 18-year-old man was also caught drink-driving with 221mcg when he was stopped at 11.45pm on Wednesday.

All defendants are expected to appear in Queenstown District Court on November 5.

The Southland Times