A 20-year-old Dunedin man is recovering from serious facial
injuries after an incident near the Octagon. A 16-year-old
has been arrested in connection.
Youth Services Sergeant Kevin Davidson said the male teenager
was being dealt with through a family group conference which
involved the victim.
''It's a restorative justice system,'' Sgt Davidson said.
The assault occurred about 1am on November 24, when the
20-year-old man allegedly became involved in a verbal
altercation with teenagers in a group.
He was allegedly punched by the 16-year-old and fell to the
ground, sustaining further injury.
The victim was taken to Dunedin Hospital with broken bones
and had metal plates inserted in his face.
All identifying details about the 16-year-old were suppressed
due to his age.
It was not known whether the incident was related to a
similar assault on a 20-year-old by a group of teenagers
which occurred outside the main gates of the Dunedin Botanic
Garden about 3.20am on November 23.
In that case, which police continued to investigate, the
victim was knocked unconscious and bled profusely from a