An ex­tra with your veg­eta­bles?

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Wanaka po­lice are look­ing for an older male who placed a vi­bra­tor in a dis­play of parsnips in the New World Su­per­mar­ket on Fe­bru­ary 3. The per­son will soon be iden­ti­fied from in-store video footage and is ad­vised to own up to this of­fen­sive be­hav­iour.

Wanaka wed­ding hitch

A 19-year-old Christchurch man who be­come highly in­tox­i­cated and as­saulted guests at a wed­ding in Wanaka on Fri­day knocked him­self out dur­ing ar­rest by head­but­ting a po­lice car. Con­sta­ble Peter Reed, of Wanaka, said the drunk man be­came abu­sive to guests be­fore as­sault­ing sev­eral peo­ple and break­ing a pair of glasses. Po­lice were called and wed­ding guests had to re­strain the man un­til po­lice ar­rived to ar­rest him. Dur­ing his ar­rest the man head­but­ted the back of a po­lice car, break­ing the rear win­dow. He was knocked un­con­scious and treated by am­bu­lance staff be­fore be­ing taken to the Wanaka po­lice sta­tion and charged. Po­lice con­firmed yes­ter­day the man was the brother of the groom. The win­dow of the car was yet to be fixed as it had a heat­ing sys­tem at­tached. The man was re­leased on bail on Satur­day and was ex­pected to ap­pear in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court charged with as­sault and wil­ful dam­age. Mr Reed said the in­ci­dent was a re­minder to drink sen­si­bly as it had been ob­vi­ous al­co­hol was the main fac­tor in the of­fend­ing.

Beer fest bash

Two pa­trons at Satur­day’s in­au­gu­ral Heart­land Craft Beer Fes­ti­val in Queen­stown were charged with as­sault. Sergeant Tracy Hag­gart, of Queen­stown, said a Frank­ton man, 44, and a woman, 42, of Clyde, were ar­rested at 6pm. The in­tox­i­cated pair were asked to leave but they re­fused and were ag­gres­sive. The man al­legedly head­but­ted se­cu­rity staff and cracked a door­man’s tooth, she said. He was re­strained and the woman started swing­ing punches al­though the blows did not con­nect. The man was also charged with us­ing threat­en­ing lan­guage.

Ir­ish charm

An Ir­ish man drunk­enly stum­bled into a ho­tel for a place to sleep and dis­turbed a group of Chi­nese stu­dents. Sgt Stevens said the man en­tered a mo­tel on Gorge Rd at 6.20am on Satur­day and dis­turbed a group of Bei­jing Film Academy stu­dents. He was not charged but did write a let­ter of apol­ogy to the vic­tims, she said.

Stock rustling trial: not guilty

Fam­ily mem­bers burst into tears as a man ac­cused of steal­ing live­stock worth hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars was found not guilty in the In­ver­cargill Dis­trict Court. Si­mon Robert Hawkins, of Wanaka, faced 17 charges of theft and two charges of re­ceiv­ing re­lat­ing to deer, sheep and bar­ley taken from Crif­fel Deer Farm and Wanaka farmer Grant Cochrane be­tween 2009 and 2011. Af­ter a two-week trial be­fore Judge Michael Turner, the jury re­turned its not guilty verdict last week. Mr Hawkins cried and hugged fam­ily mem­bers, who were also in tears, af­ter be­ing cleared of the charges. He was jointly charged with Dean Thomas Herd, the for­mer man­ager of Crif­fel Deer Farm, who ear­lier pleaded guilty to all charges and ap­peared as a Crown wit­ness dur­ing the trial.

Fatal crash ac­cused dies

A Cromwell man who was charged af­ter a fatal two-car crash has died. Max James Bir­tles, 63, died on Jan­uary 27 af­ter a long ill­ness. Mr Bir­tles was in­volved in a crash on State High­way 8 near Butch­ers dam, Cen­tral Otago, on July 29. He was the driver of a Holden four­wheel-drive ve­hi­cle that was in­volved in a head-on col­li­sion with a Toy­ota Cal­d­ina sta­tion­wagon. The driver of the Toy­ota, United States na­tional Kirra Lee Smith, 23, was killed in­stantly. Mr Bir­tles was charged with care­less driv­ing caus­ing death and care­less driv­ing caus­ing in­jury but had planned to de­fend the charges. How­ever, court pro­ceed­ings were stayed on med­i­cal grounds when the case was heard be­fore Judge Stephen Coyle in the Dunedin Dis­trict Court in De­cem­ber.

Taxi driver robbed

A Queen­stown taxi driver was in­jured dur­ing an at­tack by three men who stole hun­dreds of dol­lars, po­lice say. The Green Cabs driver was robbed of $700 dur­ing the in­ci­dent in Me­mo­rial St at 3.30am last Wed­nes­day. He suf­fered mi­nor in­juries. De­tec­tive Matt Jones said the 24-year-old vic­tim picked up a male pas­sen­ger in cen­tral Queen­stown and drove him to the Queen­stown Lake­view Hol­i­day Park. When they ar­rived, the pas­sen­ger said he was un­able to pay. The driver drove to Me­mo­rial St be­side the Recre­ation Ground af­ter his pas­sen­ger said he was meet­ing a friend to bor­row some money. The pas­sen­ger went to use a pub­lic toi­let. When he failed to re­turn the driver went look­ing for him on foot, but was attacked and al­legedly robbed by the pas­sen­ger and two other men. Two of the men re­moved a cash box con­tain­ing $700 from the taxi. Mr Jones ap­pealed for any­one who no­ticed sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in the area of the at­tack, around Robins Rd and Gorge Rd, to con­tact po­lice. He said po­lice were in­ter­ested in sight­ings of a white car. Po­lice in Queen­stown can be reached on 03 441 1600 or in­for­ma­tion can be given anony­mously to Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Scru­tiny: A scene ex­am­i­na­tion at Me­mo­rial St, in Queen­stown.

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