Police have expressed concern about alcohol-related violence
in Dunedin after an alleged assault in the Octagon left a man
with a serious head injury, on the same day as a man died as
a result of an incident in a central city bar.
Ryan John Court (35) was found unconscious in the toilet area
of the Craft Bar in the Octagon early yesterday and could not
Stephen Anthony Fernyhough, a demolition worker, appeared in
the Dunedin District Court this morning charged with his
The second incident - involving five men and a woman -
occurred about 8pm yesterday at a taxi stand in the Octagon.
An altercation took place, during which a 38-year-old
sustained a serious head injury after being struck by a
The man was taken to Dunedin hospital where he underwent
surgery. His injuries include a fractured skull.
Police are urging those involved to come forward and would
like to hear from any witnesses.
People can contact Detective Sergeant Dave Nelson on 03
471-4800. Information can also be provided anonymously to the
organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.