A man is yet to emerge from a coma after being hit on the
head by a beer jug after intervening in a drunken argument at
a Hamilton pub on Friday night.
Trevor Cochrane remains in a critical condition in Waikato
Hospital's intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The 55-year-old had stepped into an argument between one of
his Dinsdale Drywall employees and another patron at the
Still Working Bar in Chartwell after a dispute over who had
won an arm-wrestle.
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. That started a brawl between the two groups who were
having Christmas drinks.
His son-in-law Matthew Bloxham said yesterday 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
Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man with
wounding with reckless disregard.
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