Teen pointed gun at tourist’s face

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A Queen­stown teenager has been ar­rested af­ter al­legedly walk­ing up to an Asian tourist and point­ing an air gun at his face. Se­nior con­sta­ble Chris Black­ford, of Queen­stown, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened at 3pm on Sun­day. A 17-year-old male was with a group of teenagers at the bot­tom of The Mall near the main town pier. The teen al­legedly bran­dished a plas­tic air­gun, walked up to an Asian man and pointed the gun to­wards his face, hold­ing the weapon there for a few sec­onds. Po­lice ar­rested the teenager and were con­sid­er­ing lay­ing charges of threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and pre­sent­ing a firearm.

Shoplifters nabbed

A group of light-fin­gered Aus­tralian and Ger­man free­dom campers fell foul of the law af­ter they were rep­ri­manded for set­ting up in Queen­stown gar­dens. Po­lice spoke to the campers at 3pm on Satur­day then a few hours later mem­bers of the group were caught shoplift­ing at Fresh Choice su­per­mar­ket on Gorge Rd. One man was given a pre-charge warn­ing for theft while two oth­ers were charged with theft and are ex­pected to ap­pear in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court.

No smack­ing here, please

Mem­bers of the pub­lic called po­lice about a man who was push­ing his son against a tree. Black­ford said mem­bers of the pub­lic in­ter­vened at Wil­son’s Bay on Satur­day at mid­day when an Asian male had pushed a young boy about 10-years-old against a tree. They told the man it was against the law to strike chil­dren in New Zealand. The man then drove off with a group in a van but the ve­hi­cle was not found.

Golf club break-ins

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a spate of break-ins at three Cen­tral Otago golf clubs at the weekend. Sergeant Si­mon Paget, of Cromwell, said the Alexan­dra, Naseby and Ran­furly golf clubs were bro­ken into on Fri­day night. The Alexan­dra Golf Club was bro­ken into about 10.30pm and a cup­board forced open, he said. About 1.50am the Ran­furly club was forced into and two bot­tles of spir­its were taken, be­fore the of­fender or of­fend­ers moved on to the Naseby golf club and forced en­try through the front door at 2am. ‘‘Po­lice are con­duct­ing a foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of the scene and we are in­ter­ested in talk­ing to any­one with in­for­ma­tion.’’ A ve­hi­cle was seen leav­ing the scene at Ran­furly, de­scribed as an SUV-type ve­hi­cle, sim­i­lar to a Toy­ota Rav 4 with a wheel mounted on the back door.

Search and res­cued

Cromwell po­lice were kept busy on Sun­day re­spond­ing to a search and res­cue job about 5.30pm. A cou­ple got lost walk­ing on the Kanuka Track on Bendigo Loop Rd in Cen­tral Otago. ‘‘They told some­one where they were go­ing and were over their time by an hour. They were well pre­pared which was great to see,’’ Mr Paget said. The cou­ple was un­in­jured and up­lifted from the scene by a he­li­copter.

Drink-driv­ing cases spur ad­vice

More than a dozen peo­ple were con­victed for drink-driv­ing and driv­ing-re­lated of­fend­ing when they ap­peared in the Alexan­dra Dis­trict Court last week. Judge Do­minic Flat­ley re­peat­edly told de­fen­dants it was very dif­fi­cult to cal­cu­late the abil­ity to drive af­ter drink­ing, and it was bet­ter not to drink at all if cir­cum­stances meant they had to drive. Matthew Wil­liam Craig, 23, of Owaka, drove a truck be­long­ing to Dar­lings Or­chard at Et­trick on De­cem­ber 27 in an "ex­pen­sive and stupid prank". Craig and friends had stopped at the fruit stall and found the keys in the truck. He de­cided to drive it around the block but crashed it into a build­ing. He was fined $850 for driv­ing with a breath al­co­hol level of 835mcg, fined $750 for theft of the truck and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for eight months. Peter Nor­man Byrne, 59, kitchen hand, of Cromwell, 522mcg, De­cem­ber 14. Fined $550 and dis­qual­i­fied for six months. Shane Alan Ashby, 29, lead­ing hand, of Clyde, 477mcg, De­cem­ber 13. Fined $750 and dis­qual­i­fied for eight months. Ni­cholas An­drew Martin, 29, of Cromwell, 493mcg, Jan­uary 11. Fined $750 and dis­qual­i­fied for eight months. To­mas Je­linek, 31, fruit picker, of Roxburgh, 513mcg on Jan­uary 4. Fined $550 and dis­qual­i­fied for six months. Carlo Fabrizzio Vaccaro-Miza, 39, of Dunedin, 810mcg at Alexan­dra on Jan­uary 4. Fined $850 and dis­qual­i­fied for six months. Shane Richard Ma­clean, 18, builder ap­pren­tice, of Cromwell, 573mcg on Jan­uary 26. Fined $600 and dis­qual­i­fied for six months. Bron­son Hemi Tu­mai, 25, of Roxburgh, 641mcg on De­cem­ber 14. Fined $675 and dis­qual­i­fied for six months. Cameron Rus­sell Ben­nie, 17, of Spring­vale, 375mcg on De­cem­ber 15. Fined $400 and dis­qual­i­fied for four months. David Ja­cob Reinds, 24, 111mg, on Novem­ber 23. Fined $1000 and dis­qual­i­fied for nine months.

Of­fen­sive weapons

Mary-Ann Louise Ainge, 36, wait­ress, of Cromwell, was sen­tenced to 100 hours’ com­mu­nity work and nine months’ su­per­vi­sion for pos­sess­ing of­fen­sive weapons on Jan­uary 10. Ainge, car­ry­ing a knife and a soft­ball bat, had flagged down a pass­ing mo­torist, who be­lieved she was try­ing to es­cape the house, but, af­ter driv­ing Ainge to a friend’s house re­turned her to her own home then re­ported the mat­ter to po­lice. Of­fi­cers found Ainge stand­ing on the roof of her car bran­dish­ing a pair of gar­den shears. Duty so­lic­i­tor Tim Cado­gan said Ainge had no ex­pla­na­tion for her be­hav­iour other than she had some­thing that did not agree with her.


Car­rie An­gela Ahu, 40, of Cromwell, was sen­tenced to 12 months’ su­per­vi­sion to in­clude a stop­ping vi­o­lence pro­gramme for as­sault on De­cem­ber 15.


Gus Wil­liam John Find­lay-Reid, 18, farmer, was fined $500 for theft of an iPhone in Queen­stown on De­cem­ber 17.

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