Hamilton man in coma after pub arm-wrestle

Last updated 11:43 23/12/2013

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A pub arm-wrestle gone wrong has put a Hamilton man in a coma.

The man, 55, was drinking in the Still Working Bar in Lynden Court in the suburb of Chartwell on Friday when a fight broke out over the arm-wrestling competition. He was hit in the head with a beer jug.

He suffered a critical head injury and was in an induced coma at Waikato Hospital.

"An arm-wrestling competition has been organised in the outside area of the bar about 9pm and when the result has not gone the way some of those present predicted, words have been exchanged," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene said.

It appeared the victim had been trying to calm everyone down when a heavy glass beer jug was thrown, hitting him in the back of the head and knocking him unconscious. He fell to the ground, Greene said.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain on Saturday morning.

The assault was captured on CCTV cameras, which helped police to identify a suspect.

A 23-year-old man will appear in the Hamilton District Court today charged with wounding with reckless disregard.

Witnesses are asked to call Hamilton Police on 858 6200.

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