A German student has been fined for urinating in public in
central Queenstown, only minutes after police warned him
about similar behaviour.
Robin Stachanczyk (19) appeared in the Dunedin District Court
yesterday and admitted behaving offensively on the corner of
Stanley and Ballarat Sts early on February 23.
He was fined $250, court costs $132.89.
People were socialising in the area when Stachanczyk stopped
and urinated on bushes on the street corner about 1am, police
prosecutor Tim Hambleton told Judge John Macdonald.
The defendant walked off along Stanley St but police who saw
what he had done followed him. They arrested him soon
afterwards, in Gorge Rd. He had nothing to say about his
Duty lawyer Jo Turner said Stachanczyk and a friend had been
in New Zealand, travelling around the country, for the past
five months. He had had ''a heavy night'' and was affected by
alcohol at the time of the offending. He could afford to pay
a fine, Ms Turner said.