$1200 fine for 'frenzied' attack

A 27-year-old Australian man who carried out an unprovoked ''frenzied'' attack outside a fast-food restaurant in Queenstown was fined in the Invercargill District Court this morning.

Nicholas Michael Jenkins, a plumber, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips after pleading guilty to three charges of assault and one of injuring with intent to injure on August 21.

He was fined $1200 and ordered to pay $2000 emotional harm reparation.

The police summary of facts says Jenkins, an Australian visiting the country on a tourist visa, was outside Fergburger on Shotover St, waiting for his burger, during the early hours of August 21.

He had spent the night drinking and was ''grossly intoxicated'', the summary says.

An associate of Jenkins was involved in a scuffle with another person, prompting Jenkins to grab hold of that person, push him to the ground and knee him, it says.

Throughout the attack Jenkins returned twice, punching and kneeing the victim in the head as well as assaulting three other people, the summary says.

Judge Phillips said the frenzied nature of the attack would have had a major impact on the victim.

''It was a sustained attack and you meant to hurt him.''

The offending was aggravated by the fact Jenkins was a visitor in the country, he said.

Jenkins had pleaded guilty immediately, which was an indicator of remorse, Judge Phillips said.

Jenkins' lawyer Bill Dawkins said he had offered a large payment of emotional harm reparation.

The Southland Times