A Saudi Arabian trainee air traffic controller got drunk, assaulted a woman on a dancefloor then bit a bouncer, the Queenstown District Court was told yesterday.
Meshal Mohammed Alwaal, 22, of Palmerston North, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips and entered guilty pleas to indecent assault and assault with intent to injure on August 11.
The judge said the assault was serious and, normally, indecent assault involved some kind of restriction on liberty.
Sergeant Ian Collin said the student was in Skybar dancing with others at the same time as another group that included a female victim.
He tried to dance with the group but was asked to leave but he stepped in, pulled the victim towards him and forced his tongue into her mouth.
Another member of the group struck Alwaal, who grabbed the woman and refused to let go or leave when a door man arrived.
Staff had to remove Alwaal, who struggled and bit a bouncer's bicep, leaving teeth marks and drawing blood.
Lawyer Bill Dawkins said his client's religion forbade alcohol and he suggested a sentence of home detention was appropriate.
Alwaal was remanded on bail for sentence in Invercargill District Court on November 4.
Assault with intent
Tyson Allan William Sunderland, 18, of Lake Hawea, was remanded for sentence on November 18 for assault with intent to injure, assault and possessing an offensive weapon that, prima facie, showed an intention to use it to cause bodily injury on September 6. He was involved in a group assault on two sets of victims in Wanaka.
Zachary Ryan Weston, 26, timber processing operator, of Australia, was fined $400 for assault on October 20.
Clinton James Hepi, 41, of Fernhill, was remanded on bail for sentence on November 19 for assault and disorderly behaviour that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start on September 21.
Ashley Milner, 28, kitchen hand, of Sunshine Bay, was fined $150 for possessing cannabis on September 26.
Benjamin Edwin Salvatierra, 31, crane operator, of Brisbane, was fined $300 for behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start in Club 88 on October 18.
Robert Charles Craig-Brown, 32, welder, of Brisbane, was fined $300 for behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start in Club 88 on October 18.
James Duncan McNaughton, 55, company director, of Dunedin, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start on October 10.
Drink-driving causing injury
Christopher Philip Duffield, 25, bouncer, was sentenced to three months' home detention, 125 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 13 months and ordered to pay $3600 reparation for causing bodily injury while driving with a blood alcohol level of 135mg on June 21.
The court was told he decided to drive from his home to town for food but lost control on a moderate bend and crashed down a bank where the vehicle rolled.
His girlfriend was in the passenger seat and suffered serious injuries, including a fractured knee, cracked ribs and a broken pelvis.
Judge Phillips said it was luck that no-one was killed, and the public needed to be aware that the court considered the offending sternly.
James Lachlan Law, 22, was remanded for sentence on November 5 for driving with a breath alcohol level of 767mcg on October 12, having been convicted for drink-driving at least twice previously.
Lindsay John Jones, 53, plasterer, of Arrow Junction, 667mcg on August 16, having been convicted for drink-driving at least twice previously. Sentenced to 150 hours' community work and disqualified for 12 months.
Phillip Evan Lynch, 23, roofer, of Albert Town, 604mcg on October 6. Remanded for sentence on November 4.
Christopher Rhys McGregor, 22, plasterer, of Lake Hayes Estate, 548mcg on August 15. Sentenced to four months' community detention including an 8.30pm to 7am daily curfew, nine months' supervision, 125 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 10 months.
Ocean Elysha Saalmon, 25, housekeeper, of Fernhill, 802mcg on October 10. Sentenced to 90 hours' community work and disqualified for eight months.
Dion Ronald Yandle, 35, mechanic, of Lake Hayes Estate, was fined $600 and disqualified for eight months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 184mg on September 8.
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