Police warning over alcohol-fuelled assaults

Queenstown police are concerned about the number of people seriously assaulting others while under the influence of alcohol and warn offenders they will face serious assault charges if caught.

Sergeant Kate Pirovano, of Queenstown, said police dealt with three separate serious assaults in the resort during the weekend, all of which were fuelled by alcohol.

A 40-year-old Australian man was involved in a altercation with a 26-year-old Queenstown man and a 29-year-old man from Waikato after the two younger men made derogatory comments about the Australian man's clothing.

A fight broke out about 11.55pm on Friday and the two younger men were seen kicking the 40-year-old in the head while he was on the ground.

The man suffered a gash to his head and a swollen jaw and needed to be taken to the Lakes District Hospital for treatment.

The Queenstown man was charged with assault with the intent to injure and the Waikato man was charged with assault.

The Australian man was released on a pre-charge warning for disorderly behaviour.

On Saturday night a 19-year-old Queenstown man was arrested for assault with in the intent to injure after he punched another Queenstown man four times, knocking him unconscious, and then went on to kick him in the head while he was lying on the ground.

"It's getting a bit out of control. The level of violence is unacceptable and we will charge people with serious charges," Ms Pirovano said.

In another incident, two Brazilian brothers were arrested at 2am yesterday after they attacked another man and punched and kicked him when he was on the ground. "People are kicking people while they are defenceless or unconscious," she said.

There were harsh consequences, such as significant jail terms, for people caught making poor decisions when drinking alcohol, she said.

The Southland Times