Police post reward for new information
Arrested twice in 14 hours
A man arrested for assault and ordered not to associate with the alleged victim turned up at the Queenstown police station with the victim 14 hours later, resulting in a second arrest. Originally arrested at 11.40pm on Sunday for one charge of common assault, two charges of assaulting police and one charge of wilful damage, the 27-year-old Australian man was released on bail, with the condition he did not associate with the alleged victim of the common assault. However, the pair turned up together at the police station at 1.40pm on Monday to collect property. Senior constable Chris Blackford said the man’s original charges, as well as the additional charge of breaching bail conditions had been transferred to the Dunedin District Court, where they would be heard on Tuesday.
$20,000 reward posted
Southern police investigating a suspected homicide have posted a $20,000 reward with conditional immunity from prosecution. Simon James Garrick, 42, was last seen on October 30 as he left the Caversham prosecution with certain conditions if Garrick was the victim of foul play. Garrick is described as European, 185cm tall, of thin build and was last seen wearing a white rugby jersey with a blue and yellow stripe. Garrick has connections with Alexandra, Wanaka, Arrowtown and Kingston.
An Arrowtown man on synthetic cannabis turned uncontrollable and violent, police said. Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said police were called at 5pm on Tuesday last week by St John staff to help with a violent patient, described as having seizures, passing out, aggressive and uncontrollable. ‘‘By the time police arrived he had come to, the ambulance officers determined he was okay. It appears that he had taken some synthetic high.’’ A constable who attended reported the incident as a good example of why people should avoid synthetic substances, he said.
On yer bikes
Police in Queenstown are racking up lost and stolen bikes recovered from around the resort. Among the bikes recovered last week was a distinctive, cream-coloured vintage style bike with a leather saddle. Constable Beth Fookes said people might not know that so many bicycles were found and stored at Queenstown station If anyone has lost a bike call Queenstown police.
Members of the public called police last Thursday because they were so concerned by a Queenstown woman allegedly hitting her children. Senior Constable Blackford said police spoke to the 39-year-old woman at 4pm after she parked in Church St with children in the car. She was interviewed and inquiries continued, he said. ‘‘It was serious enough to warrant public intervention.’’
The Court of Appeal has dismissed a bid by a Hampden man who embarked on a burglary spree in Central Otago almost 10 years ago. Honourable Justice Ellen France, Rodney Hansen and Jillian Mallon dismissed an appeal by Christopher Ronald Hazlewood against convictions for burglary and theft. Convictions related to an incident in which Hazlewood and the other man drove from Hampden to Cromwell but while on the return drive they stopped at Kyeburn, where they stole 500 litres of diesel, batteries, an exhaust pipe and keys. They also broke into a caravan and stole batteries, fuel containers, engine oil and a chilly bin. The total value was $2,500. Four years later an alleged co-offender spoke to police in Palmerston, where he told them Hazlewood had ‘‘done stuff’’ and provided a blood sample that matched a sample taken from Kyeburn in 2003. At trial he elected to give evidence in his defence, denying there was any trip to Cromwell but the jury returned guilty verdicts and he was sentenced to 200 hours community work and ordered to pay $2500. The judges considered none of the appeal grounds was made out and dismissed the application.
Two British men were arrested and charged with assault after an incident in a Shotover St bar last Thursday at 1.30am. One of the men was asked to leave, refused and was escorted from the bar. He allegedly used a bar stool to hit one of the bouncers over the head and another bouncer was grabbed from behind and put in a headlock. Police were considering amending the charges.
Wanted: Simon Garrick, October last year.