A Greymouth man who threw his shoes at a policewoman after
over-imbibing at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival was
described in the Greymouth District Court this week as the
Jason Sullivan, 38, was remanded on bail for sentencing on
November 19 after he yesterday vacated a not guilty plea and
admitted the assault.
Police prosecutor sergeant Mark Harris said that just after
midnight on March 10, Sullivan had been asked to leave the
Railway Hotel in Hokitika because he was drunk and
He refused and when police arrived, he continued to refuse,
struggling with the officers until he was ultimately
arrested. Back across the road at the police station, when
asked to remove his shoes, Sullivan took them off and threw
them at a policewoman, hitting her on the thigh.
Sullivan said he had been having a row with a bald-headed man
at the pub and had only been sticking up for himself, yet he
was the only one arrested
Judge David Saunders said Sullivan had 13 pages of
convictions to his name, most of them alcohol-related.
"You may be the village drunk but this sort of behaviour is
not going to continue to be tolerated."