Matthew Bloxham, son in law and family spokesman for the
Cochrane family, speaks at a press conference at the
Hamilton Police Station. Photo / Christine Cornege
The family of a man lying critically injured in hospital
after being hit in the head with a super-sized beer jug say
their father is a "good bugger" and they are distraught at
Trevor Cochrane's son-in-law Matthew Bloxham said the
Hamilton businessman is a "fun-loving, happy guy" but is also
"a sensible old boy".
"He would always try to diffuse a situation if it was getting
out of hand."
Mr Cochrane, 55, stepped into a drunken argument between one
of his Dinsdale Drywall employees and another patron at the
Still Working Bar on Friday night after a dispute erupted
over who had won an arm-wrestle.
"It is characteristic of who he is that he has suffered these
injuries trying to do the right thing and stop what was
A 2 litre glass super jug was thrown into the group, hitting
Mr Cochrane in the back of the head and knocking him to the
ground, starting a brawl between the two groups who were
having Christmas drinks at the Chartwell bar.
Mr Bloxham said the family, including Mr Cochrane's partner
and two pregnant daughters, were trying to come to terms with
the fact their father was in hospital fighting for his life,
and at Christmas.
"He's still in critical condition so we're hoping for the
best. Everyone's pretty stressed out. We've got a lot going
on. And both the daughters are expecting children in February
as well so we're just hoping he comes to so he can see his
An older grand-daughter was being shielded from the trauma
and remained in Tauranga.
"Everybody else comes first with him. He's real generous,
real caring, top man really. He's more of a good mate than a
father-in-law really. Trevor is a warm, friendly but private
person who would shy away from all the publicity if he was in
a position to do so."
Mr Bloxham said Mr Cochrane's two daughters, aged in their
early 20s, were too upset to speak to media.
The Herald understands one of the daughters, Sam, helped run
his large and successful plastering business and had worked
as a gib-stopper for her father for a number of years.
Mr Bloxham urged witnesses to the incident to come forward
and also pleaded with the public to "take it easy" over
"Think about your actions before you do them because they
don't just affect one person."
He called his father-in-law an "independent, hardworking Kiwi
bloke" who was just at the bar to celebrate the festive
season with employees and family.
"When people drink, one wrong word or action can have
irreversible consequences and we ask all those people out
there to think how they drink lest they too have to face what
our family are facing now."
Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man with
wounding with reckless disregard however Detective Senior
Sergeant Mark Greene of the Waikato CIB said Mr Cochrane's
life and that of his family had changed in an instant and he
urged more witnesses to the incident to come forward.