Assault accused held in custody
Two Wanaka men accused of a brutal assault in the Central Otago town have been remanded in custody.
The men, a 39-year-old carpenter and a 34-year-old kitchen hand, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in Queenstown District Court on Monday jointly charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, on Saturday.
The 39-year-old was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by telling a third party not to talk to police or ‘‘I will find you and kill you’’. No pleas were entered. Both men were granted interim name suppression and are due to appear back in court on Tuesday.
The men allegedly attacked father-of-two Kahu Vincent at the Ardmore St Night ‘n Day about 3am on Saturday.
Vincent was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
Dunedin-based Night ‘n Day Food Stores chief executive Tony Allison said on Monday he was offering any support the company could give to Vincent’s family and to the Wanaka store staff.
Allison confirmed Vincent was a customer, not a staff member.
‘‘Having a customer hurt in our stores is very distressing.
‘‘It is difficult for us at this stage but we will give any support we can.
‘‘Our staff member saw the incident so we have to make sure we look after him, and our manager as well."
Allison said he imagined a small community like Wanaka would be ‘‘ripped apart’’ and as a father of two, he appreciated what the Vincent family would be going through.
‘‘We are unsure how to support them but we will do whatever we can,’’ he said.
The shop was closed on Monday but Allison hoped it would reopen on Tuesday after a cleanup.
‘‘The Wanaka Night ‘n Day franchisee holders are Matthew and Alice Lane, of Dunedin.
They are the son and daughter-in-law of Andrew and Denise Lane, of Dunedin, who are the directors of the Night ‘n Day franchise.
At least 113 donors had given more than $8000 through the Givealittle fundraising website for Vincent and his family. givealittle.co.nz/cause/kahuvincent.
He has two small children with his partner Jade Makuru.
Cricket World Cup streaker ‘exposed himself to millions’
A British man who streaked at the opening game of the Cricket World Cup tainted a historic New Zealand sporting event broadcast to millions, a judge has said.
Joseph Brook, 22, appearing before Judge Michael Turner in Queenstown District Court, was convicted for invading the pitch of a major sporting event, on February 14.
Brook attended the opening match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch and streaked naked at 6.50pm during a live broadcast.
Judge Turner said Brook’s actions were deliberate, exhibitionist and self-promoting.
‘‘It tainted what was a historic sporting event in New Zealand. Denunciation and deterrence will be the prime principles in sentencing.
‘‘If that calls for loss of liberty then so be it. ‘‘That will be for the judge on the day.’’ Sergeant Ian Collin said Brook removed all his clothing at the end of the match and ran on to the pitch, where he was tackled by security staff.
The match was attended by a crowd of around 15,000 people, including families, and broadcast internationally to millions of viewers, he said.
‘‘As he ran on to the pitch he made no effort to cover himself.
He was fully exposed to all those watching.’’
Brook, who was remanded on bail for sentencing on August 20, told police that it was ‘‘one of those once-in-a-lifetime things.’’
Car keys removed
A taxi driver chased a woman and removed her car keys after she side-swiped him while driving on the main highway into Queenstown.
Angela Marie Belford, 24, engineer, of Frankton, was remanded for sentence on August 20 for driving with a blood level of 271mg, dangerous driving and resisting police, on April 18.
Sergeant Ian Collin said Belford was driving on the wrong side of the road when she side-swiped a taxi driving in the opposite direction.
The taxi driver followed her car to Goldfield Hts, where she stopped, the taxi driver got out and removed Belford’s keys.
The court was told she ran off, the taxi driver chased her and restrained her until police arrived.
She continued to be unco-operative and verbally abusive when officers arrived and was carried to a patrol car.
Tipene Donald Harrison, 24, roofer, of Wanaka, was sentenced to six months’ supervision, fined $550 and ordered to pay $300 emotional harm reparation for assault, on April 4, and disorderly behaviour likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on March 22.
Iopu Tongia, 23, furniture remover, of Christchurch, was fined $500 for behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on May 8.
Megan Leigh Paddon, 37, of Sunshine Bay, was remanded for sentencing on August 20 for threatening to do grievous bodily harm and resisting police, on May 8.
Careless causing injury
Raylene Mary Mitchell, 41, laundry worker, of Fernhill, was remanded for sentence on August 20 for careless operation causing injury, on April 11.
Rebeka Maraki Benseman, 21, was sentenced to 120 hours’ community work, nine months’ supervision, disqualified for one year and ordered to pay reparation of $3132 for driving with a blood level of 177mg, careless driving and failing to stop to ascertain any injuries, on January 17.
She crashed into two parked cars and shunted one of the cars into a third car.
Rodolfo Adrian Martinez, 43, supervisor, was fined $1000 and disqualified for eight months for driving with a blood level of 197mg, on April 4.
Louie Lanz, 30, 111mg, on March 1. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.
Daniel Michael Gradwell, 22, chef, of Kelvin Hts, 89mg, on March 27. Fined $450, disqualified for six months.
Alize Payet, 21, teacher, French national, of Cromwell, was fined $1200 and disqualified for eight months for driving with a breath level of 1140mcg, on May 3.
Melanie Jayne Brace, 49, manager, 441mcg, on May 1. Fined $450, disqualified for six months.
Angus Hamish John Goodwin, 19, 172mcg. Fined $200, disqualified for three months.
Driving while suspended
Christopher Michael Burton, 28, of Wanaka, 1275mcg, was remanded for sentence on May 25 for sentence for driving while suspended, on March 27.