O’Rourke re­leased

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English­man takes on su­per he­roes

A con­fused English­man ended up in a scuf­fle with Spi­der­man and Ron­ald McDon­ald in a Queen­stown bar early Fri­day morn­ing. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Chris Black­ford said the man was out­side a Searle Lane bar at 1.45am when a staff mem­ber show­ing some Hal­loween spirit and dressed as Spi­der­man asked him to take his glass in­side. He re­fused to do so and an off duty staff mem­ber at­tempted to as­sist Spi­der­man but, as a scuf­fle de­vel­oped, the duty man­ager, dressed as Ron­ald McDon­ald stepped in and be­came in­volved. Po­lice were called but were un­sure whether charges would be laid. They would view CCTV footage be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sions. Aman de­scribed as a ring­leader dur­ing a vi­o­lent group as­sault and kid­nap­ping near Queen­stown was re­leased from jail last week. Brodie O’Rourke, 26, was sen­tenced to jail last year by Judge Kevin Phillips in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court for his part in an as­sault near Ar­row­town in Novem­ber 2011 af­ter a night­club drug deal went awry. How­ever, O’Rourke’s con­vic­tion for ag­gra­vated wound­ing was quashed and sub­sti­tuted by the Court of Ap­peal with a con­vic­tion for wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure. His sen­tence of three years and three months’ jail was re­duced to two years and three months’ jail. A New Zealand Pa­role Board de­ci­sion said the po­si­tion changed since June, when he was de­nied pa­role be­fore the Court of Ap­peal quashed the orig­i­nal sen­tence. A de­ci­sion said he was re­leased on pa­role last month sub­ject to stan­dard six-month re­lease con­di­tions. Pre­vi­ously, the board de­scribed O’Rourke as a ring­leader, if not the leader, dur­ing a group as­sault.

Stargazing tourist killed

A Korean tourist struck and killed by a car in Arthurs Pt on Tues­day night had gone out­side to They per­formed CPR but were un­able to re­vive the man, who was pro­nounced dead at 10.43pm. Black­ford said the mat­ter was be­ing re­ferred to the coroner and

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