A pixelated screen-shot from the video.
A video of a Hamilton boy apparently drunk at a skate
park on his ninth birthday has been removed from YouTube - but
not before more than half a million people watched the
Police yesterday asked Google to remove the clip from YouTube
after the man who shot and uploaded the footage, 18-year-old
scooter rider Bradley Goudie, refused to take it down.
The video showed a 9-year-old child so drunk on Cody's RTD
bourbon drinks that he appeared barely able to stand.
Police said they were "appalled" at the incident, and even
more concerned to see the footage posted on social media.
Mr Goudie said the video was removed by You Tube last night,
with a notice saying the content was inappropriate. The video
had attracted 576,243 views before it was taken down.
But the video was still freely available online after being
copied and shared elsewhere - which was why Mr Goudie saw no
point in removing the footage, as police had requested.
One copy, on a popular hip hop video site, had attracted more
than 800,000 views.
"Police did say they wanted it removed, I guess it's up to
them. [But] them taking down my version of the video is not
going to do anything - the video is already out there," Mr
The frequent skate park user had planned to donate any ad
revenue from the video to Youth Service, but he could not do
so now it had been removed.
Mr Goudie said he intended to upload the video again - this
time with the boy's face blurred so he could not be
He shot the video at the Fairfield skate park in Hamilton on
Tuesday afternoon and called police to report the incident
after leaving the park, but said he never heard back.
"So I decided to upload the footage to show that this is what
happened; it was serious."
Mr Goudie posted the clip to highlight the issue, he said.
He had seen children as young as 12 getting drunk all the
time and he was outraged by it.
"It was not my intention to put anyone in the spotlight - it
was my intention to make the community see what has been
Hamilton police area commander Inspector Greg Nicholls
yesterday said he was grateful the man who shot the video had
got in touch. But he said it would have been in the boy's
best interests if Mr Goudie had provided the footage to
police or Child Youth and Family (CYF) "rather than further
victimise the child by publishing the footage".
Police were considering charges under the new liquor supply
laws, and CYF was urgently investigating.
Both the boy's mother, who has custody of the child, and his
father, who is separated from the mother, said they were
horrified he was given alcohol.
The boy's father initially said he did not want the video
taken down because he wanted action to be taken.
But late yesterday he echoed police's call for the video to
be removed from YouTube. He said it had "gone too big" and he
was really hurt by some of the comments on the video.
"I don't want my son going through that, you know."
- Matthew Backhouse of APNZ