Man to be sentenced for assaulting four people

A Gore man who assaulted two couples after the Gibbston summer concert near Queenstown was remanded for sentence.

Simon John Windle, 34, lineman, admitted four charges of injuring with intent to injure on February 15, when he appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Windle told police he had no memory of the assaults after the concert and the last thing he remembered was smoking cannabis then waking up in the back of a police van.

Sergeant Ian Collin said the first couple, in their 70s, were travelling home towing a trailer when they stopped to secure the load.

Windle was staggering down the middle of the highway and asked the man, 70, about his religion while muttering about Allah. He started punching the man in the face and head, shoving him into the side of the car with enough force to dent the metal.

The man's wife was punched and knocked over the trailer after she got out of the car and told Windle to stop.

At that stage, security staff from the concert were following Windle, who assaulted another couple walking to their car.

Windle threw a punch at the man, who ducked, then he punched the man's partner in the face.

He was subdued by members of the public and security staff.

The victims were taken to Lakes District Hospital.

One victim suffered a broken eye socket and needed a titanium plate inserted in her face.

Windle was remanded on bail for sentence on April 28.


The Southland Times