Spiderman fights Englishman at a bar
stargaze. Daegeun Yun, 50, was part of a Korean tour group staying at the Swiss Belresort Coronet hotel, senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said yesterday. He had told his wife that he was going outside at 10.15pm and shortly afterwards he was struck by a vehicle driven by a Queenstown man on his way home. ‘‘He told his wife that he was going out to look at the stars. Initial indications are that he was standing on the road near the fog line. He was wearing dark clothing, a black jacket and black trousers.’’ His body has been taken to Christchurch for a post-mortem and police have also spoken to the Korean Embassy. Police also spoke to a witness who was driving behind the vehicle that struck the man and stopped to offer help alongside a firefighter who was at the scene. has appealed for any witnesses to get in touch.
Property developer remanded
A 54-year-old Queenstown developer faces a raft of charges in an alleged international property swindle. Kerry Colin Christian appeared before Judge John Strettell in the Queenstown District Court on Monday to face 10 fraud-related charges for alleged offending on dates between July last year and May in Wanaka, Wellington, Whangarei and Tauranga. Some of the charges related to properties in Memphis, Tennessee and Arizona in the US. He faces two charges of making declarations that would amount to perjury if taken under oath; two counts of dishonestly using a document, namely escrow, with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage; dishonestly using a document, a US property order form; two charges of receiving sums, $16,500 overall, in circumstances where he was required to account; dishonestly using a document, namely an order form; causing a loss of $30,300 by over-stating the purchase price of a property in Arizona; and having received $29,700 that required him to account intentionally dealt with the property otherwise. Lawyer Sonia Vidal sought a remand without plea as counsel was likely to be based in Rotorua and asked for interim name suppression. Judge Strettell said any name suppression was unlikely to be extended after the first remand. After an adjournment, Mr Christian was remanded without plea and interim name suppression was not pursued. He was remanded on bail to appear on December 2.
Drink-driving causing injury
Maija Onzule, 24, of Wanaka, was sentenced to 200 hours’ community work, six months’ supervision and disqualified for 13 months for driving with excess blood, 138mg, causing bodily injury, on August 4. The court was told she had a heated argument with her partner in Queenstown and decided to drive back to Wanaka with her flatmate but crashed on the Cardrona Valley Rd. She lost control of the vehicle, which collided with a metal pipe, crashed through a fence and rolled on to its roof in a paddock. She was injured and trapped in the car while the passenger was thrown from the car. He suffered a broken leg, concussion and bruising.