Teen pointed gun at tourist’s face
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.
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.
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.