Man's in hospital with skull fracture after bottle attack

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 05:00 29/04/2014

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Dunedin police are dealing with a second serious central city assault in as many days.

A 38-year old man suffered "substantial injuries and blood loss" and was in Dunedin Hospital with a fractured skull after an alleged assault in the city's Octagon on Sunday night.

The incident was just metres from Craft Bar, the scene of a fatal assault on Sunday morning, police said.

Sergeant Dean Pearce said the victim was initially picked up in a police patrol car after he and another man disturbed investigators working at the Craft Bar scene about 8pm.

Pearce said officers, seeing the victim's injuries, took him to Dunedin Hospital where he had surgery for a skull fracture.

Dunedin Clutha Waitaki acting commander Inspector Jason Guthrie said the incident developed from an altercation at a taxi stand in the Octagon involving five men and a woman.

"During this altercation it appears that a 38-year-old man has suffered a serious head injury after being struck by a bottle," he said.

Guthrie said police were still working to piece together how the assault occurred and asked for information from those involved and witnesses.

Police were concerned this was the second alcohol-related incident in a short space of time resulting in a person being seriously harmed, he said.

"We all have a part to play in ensuring that those we are with are enjoying themselves safely," he said.

"Police would like the people involved to come forward and are also interested in hearing from anyone who witnessed an altercation near the corner of George St and the Octagon."

People with information should contact Detective Sergeant Dave Nelson on 03 471-4800 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Fairfax NZ

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