A business owner is in an induced coma after being attacked
when he tried to break up a drunken arm-wrestling argument
during a Christmas office outing in Hamilton on Friday.
Police say the 55-year-old man is in a very serious condition
in Waikato Hospital after surgery to relieve pressure on his
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene of the Waikato CIB said
the business owner appeared to have been an innocent victim
of an alcohol-related dispute which turned ugly.
Mr Greene said staff from two companies arranged an
arm-wrestling competition in the outside area of the Still
Working Bar in Chartwell's Lynden Court.
He said "words were exchanged" when the result didn't go as
"The victim was attempting to de-escalate the situation when
he was hit in the back of the head with a heavy glass beer
jug, knocking him to the ground unconscious.
"He is currently in an induced coma and is in a very serious
"CCTV footage of the assault helped us identify a person of
interest and today, a 23-year-old man will appear in the
Hamilton District Court charged with wounding with reckless
Mr Greene said investigators had spent the weekend conducting
a scene examination and interviewing witnesses.
Police want any further witnesses to come forward.