El­derly cou­ple ‘vi­ciously’ as­saulted

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Gore line­man charged

Two cou­ples in­clud­ing an el­derly pair who suf­fered se­ri­ous fa­cial in­juries were in­jured in a vi­cious high­way as­sault, Queen­stown po­lice said. On Satur­day, po­lice in Queen­stown charged a 32-yearold Gore line­man with as­sault with in­tent to in­jure af­ter an in­ci­dent on State High­way 6 at 8pm on Satur­day. Sergeant Blair Duffy, of Queen­stown, said the man was also charged with a sec­ond al­leged as­sault on amid­dle-aged cou­ple 100 me­tres from the ini­tial in­ci­dent. The al­leged as­saults hap­pened on a busy high­way with slow­mov­ing traf­fic as thou­sands of people left the Gibb­ston Sum­mer Con­cert venue. Of­fi­cers de­scribed the al­leged as­sault on the el­derly pair as vi­cious, he said. It ap­peared the cou­ple, who were driv­ing to Christchurch, ex­pressed con­cerns be­cause the in­tox­i­cated man was walk­ing down the mid­dle of State High­way 6. They had stopped, pulled over and were out­side their car tight­en­ing the strops on a trailer when they spoke to the man, who ap­par­ently re­acted vi­o­lently. The el­derly male vic­tim, 71, and his part­ner suf­fered se­ri­ous fa­cial in­juries and were taken to Lakes District Hospi­tal. A mid­dle-aged cou­ple in their 50s also asked the man to get off the road 100 me­tres from the ini­tial in­ci­dent. The woman suf­fered bruis­ing and a sus­pected frac­ture above an eye. The man is ex­pected to ap­pear in the Queen­stown District Court.

Wed­der­burn woes

A woman who rammed her car into her part­ner’s ve­hi­cle af­ter an ar­gu­ment put her chil­dren’s safety at risk, po­lice say. Cen­tral Otago po­lice ar­rested a 29-year-old Alexan­dra woman af­ter a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent at Wed­der­burn in the Man­iototo area on Fri­day about 2.45pm. Cen­tral Otago sub area su­per­vi­sor Se­nior Sergeant Ian Ker­risk said the cou­ple were in sep­a­rate ve­hi­cles with their two pre-school aged chil­dren when they stopped and started ar­gu­ing out­side a ho­tel. The woman, who had her chil­dren in the car, al­legedly rammed into the rear of the other ve­hi­cle be­fore driv­ing off. ‘‘While the driv­ing was in it­self an act with the po­ten­tial for se­ri­ous in­jury, it was ag­gra­vated by the fact that there were two preschool-aged chil­dren in one of the ve­hi­cles. ‘‘We are very lucky that ev­ery­one es­caped with­out in­jury, but the chil­dren were cer­tainly left shaken and up­set.’’ The in­ci­dent hap­pened in front of sev­eral people, in­clud­ing over­seas tourists who were also up­set by the event, but Mr Ker­risk said they would re­ceive calls from Vic­tim Sup­port. The woman was charged with dis­or­derly be­hav­iour likely to cause vi­o­lence and more driv­in­gre­lated charges were likely to be laid, po­lice said. Child Youth and Fam­ily were also no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent and were work­ing with other fam­ily mem­bers to en­sure the chil­dren were safe.

Knife-wield­ing Cromwell man ar­rested

An 18-year-old Cromwell man was ar­rested on Fri­day night af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion at a ho­tel. Se­nior Sergeant Ker­risk said the teenager was charged with pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon. There were no in­juries to any other par­ties. In other in­ci­dents in Cromwell, a 27-year-old man was ar­rested on Satur­day af­ter a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent. He was charged with as­sault­ing a woman who suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, Mr Ker­risk said.

Al­bert Town rob­bery trial

Three young men charged with an al­leged rob­bery in Al­bert Town will go to trial. The de­fen­dants, 17, 18 and 20, ap­peared be­fore Judge Michael Turner in Youth Court in Queen­stown jointly charged with rob­bing a tourist of $350 on Jan­uary 9. Two de­fen­dants were re­manded in cus­tody and the third was re­manded on bail. The 18-year-old faces five other charges: threat­en­ing to in­jure with in­tent to in­tim­i­date on De­cem­ber 31, of­fer­ing to sell Class C ri­talin be­tween Au­gust 6 and De­cem­ber 12, of­fer­ing to sell class B MDMA on Septem­ber 5, of­fer­ing to sell cannabis to per­sons over 18 on Jan­uary 9, and re­sist­ing po­lice on De­cem­ber 31. Judge Turner granted con­tin­u­ing in­terim name sup­pres­sion for all de­fen­dants to pro­tect the iden­tity of a fourth de­fen­dant. De­fen­dants were re­manded to March 24 and April 8.

Chi­nese driver charged

A 26-year-old Chi­nese na­tional will ap­pear in the Alexan­dra District Court next month on care­less driv­ing charges af­ter crash­ing head-on into an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle driven by a preg­nant woman Sergeant Si­mon Paget of Cromwell, said the Chi­nese woman was driv­ing on State High­way 8, on Clu­den Hills, about 12.30pm on Thurs­day when she crossed the cen­tre line, crash­ing into a woman who was four months preg­nant who was driv­ing to Wanaka. The woman was not in­jured but taken to Cromwell Med­i­cal Cen­tre as a pre­cau­tion, he said.

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