Tourist to pay for punch
An American tourist has been warned the single punch he landed on a man’s head, knocking him out, could have been fatal. Erik Armstrong, 31 appeared before Judge Dominic Flatley in the Queenstown District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless disregard for the safety of others after punching a Queenstown man on January 5. Armstrong had already done some community work on a voluntary basis. The Judge Dominic Flatley ordered him to pay ‘‘hefty’’ but ‘‘reasonable’’ reparation of $3062 to cover medical costs and the emotional harm the victim suffered. Armstrong was due to fly out of Queenstown on Monday and leave the country tomorrow.