Chef died from accidental overdose
An Arrowtown chef, addicted to opiates for back pain, died from an accidental overdose.
Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea has found the death of Nils Scott was accidental, and occurred after Scott left work at an Arrowtown bakery at 11am on December 6, last year, to gather herbs from a garden plot on his property.
‘‘Nils Scott was overweight and suffering from back pain. He had recently told his partner that he had become addicted to opiatetype drugs,’’ McElrea found.
When Scott did not return to work, a co-worker went looking for him and found him dead at his home.
Ambulance officers were unable to revive him and the 30-year-old was declared dead at the scene.
McElrea found that Scott had illicit access to and processed the prescription medicine mylan fentanyl, which resulted in his death.
Tindallgate appeal fails
"Tindallgate" bouncer Jonathan Dixon has failed in a bid to overturn his conviction for illegally accessing security footage in a Queenstown bar during the Rugby World Cup.
Dixon was sentenced in August last year to four months’ community detention and 300 hours’ community work after being found guilty of dishonestly obtaining CCTV video footage. He had accessed a computer system during the Rugby World Cup in 2011, when the England and Ireland teams were training in the resort.
The footage apparently showed England rugby captain Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, flirting with an old flame at Altitude bar.
Dixon appealed his conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal. He argued he could not have dishonestly obtained property because the footage he acquired was not "property" as defined in the Crimes Act.
In a judgment released last week the court agreed but said Dixon had been charged under the wrong part of the act.
The court quashed his conviction and replaced it with a conviction for accessing a computer system and thereby dishonestly obtaining a benefit.
"The CCTV footage was there for the specific purpose of protecting patrons of the bar; Mr Dixon’s use of the footage was for the opposite purpose of exploiting one of the patrons," the judgment said.
During his trial, Crown solicitor Mary-Jane Thomas said Dixon knew he had no right to go into the computer system but did so to sell it to English tabloid The Sun.
Oops, it’s icy out there
A German woman lost control of her car when she hit ice on Edinburgh Dr on Monday evening.
Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said the 31-year-old hit ice at 5.30pm, the car slid and it appeared she hit the accelerator, crashed through a carport and careered down a garden path ending up wedged between a house and a wall. She was uninjured.
Mall brawl, again
Police were called to the Mall in central Queenstown on Monday night at 11.30pm when up to 20 people were fighting. Most of the brawlers dispersed by the time police arrived and officers were continuing to investigate. There were no major injuries, just bruised egos, Blackford said.
Earlier on Monday, a man restrained by bouncers and members of the public then pepper-sprayed by police in the Mall appeared in court.
Samuel Peter Wilby, 28, of Frankton, appeared before a registrar in the Queenstown District Court charged with assault and resisting police. He was pepper-sprayed during an incident in the Mall at 4.10am on Saturday. The registrar remanded his case without plea to August 18.
Members of the public and bouncers restrained Wilby and Jaih Sneddon, 22, during the allegedly violent incident.
Sneddon was charged with assault, resisting police, escaping police custody and disorderly behaviour in a manner likely in the circumstances to cause violence to start on July 19.