A drug-addled Christchurch man's Queenstown stag party went wrong after he allegedly glassed his prospective best man and punched a groomsman, threatening to kill him with a butter knife, yesterday.
Sergeant Steve Watt said the group of five mates checked into a resort motel on Saturday afternoon and all was fine initially.
"They were out on the town when the stag started to appear restless and agitated, and he was taken back to the motel," Mr Watt said.
"Two of the group arrived back at about 5am, at which point the stag was still very anxious and restless, and ended up lashing out."
One of the freshly returned duo, the best man, was struck in the head with a glass, and the other was punched seven or eight times in the chest and stomach area before the groom grabbed a butter knife and threatened to kill the man.
The groom then ran off and the group was unable to find him.
Two hours later the groom, a 27-year-old construction worker, was found and arrested by police. He was taken back to the Queenstown police station and released on bail about 3.30pm.
"Due to his intoxication level he was not released until well into the afternoon – we thought it wise to give him time to calm down," Mr Watt said.The man will face three charges – assault with a weapon, common assault and threatening to kill – in Queenstown District Court on July 16 but will appear before a registrar on Wednesday.
Mr Watt said the man was clearly under the affect of drugs but that was no excuse for breaking the law.
Mr Watt said he did not know when the wedding was scheduled for – but suggested a major restructuring of the groom's party might be in the wind.
"I'll think he'll be looking for a new best man," he said. Fairfax NZ
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