Chef died from ac­ci­den­tal over­dose

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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