Australian tourists who offended in New Zealand could expect to have each case dealt with on merit after another visitor was fined for assault in Queenstown, a judge said yesterday.
Ryan Neil Brown, 25, of Perth, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in Queenstown District Court and was ordered to pay $3000 emotional harm reparation for assault and robbing a man's $600 Samsung phone on September 21.
Judge Phillips referred to recent cases in which Aussie visitors were fined because of the likely cost to the taxpayer of footing the bill for home detention or jail.
Brown, an accountant, was talking about "MI6" involvement when he snatched a mobile phone, the court was told.
He struck a man from behind and aggressively asked for the phone, telling the owner that he was going to kill him.
The victim and a bystander then chased the robber towards the Memorial Hall and confronted him but he reacted aggressively, pushed them and then threw the phone.
The judge said there seemed to be a pattern of people fronting up with money but this was not going to happen again.
"The last two times I have sat here I have been met with cases involving people from Australia, people with good academic records (who) come to New Zealand, get themselves drunk and act violently.
"I have dealt with those people in order that the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for their time in prison or whilst they are undergoing home detention.
"It will be the last I deal with in this way. People will be dealt with on the merits of the case not on the basis of where they live."
Last month, Nicholas Michael Jenkins, a 27-year-old Aussie plumber, appeared before Judge 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 for a "frenzied" attack outside popular Queenstown eatery Fergburger.
Also last month, Brisbane's Daniel Christopher Loudon, 25, was ordered to pay $8100 for injuring with reckless disregard for the safety of others on August 4.
He inadvertently glassed a woman after arguing with a group of men in a bar as she was walking through the premises towards the dance floor.
He was holding a glass and, as he swung a punch towards one of the men, he struck the woman in the face and the glass shattered.
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