Police plan to work with Queenstown food-and-drink outlets to
reduce the number of late-night drinking incidents in the
Since the Queenstown Lakes District Council and Queenstown
police installed the closed circuit television system (CCTV)
in May, police have been able to identify more offenders and
Sergeant Derek Ealson said yesterday the system had been of
great benefit in its first six months.
"Queenstown is a great place to visit. We want people to have
a great time, but within the bounds of the law, without
impacting on others," he said.
"The key message is to drink sensibly, and look after your
mates. If you drink to excess, you are more likely to become
victims or offenders, and this has simply been proven by
Sgt Ealson was referring to one recent incident at the
Queenstown McDonald's that resulted in the restaurant's duty
manager being sentenced last week to seven months' home
Rishi Kumar (34) was convicted of injuring with intent to
cause injury after he grabbed a customer, swung him around,
punched him to the ground, stood on his torso and kicked the
man in the head.
Kumar has since said he was under pressure that evening, that
his victim was intoxicated and yelling racial abuse and that
his victim had spat on him.
Last week, Kumar claimed his requests to his employer, Mark
Julian, for more security were not acted upon. He had been
removed from his managerial position after the August 30
Sgt Ealson said police were working with McDonald's
management and other outlets notorious for police call-outs
for drunken behaviour.
"Unfortunately, McDonald's has been in the press recently and
we are working with establishments on security issues."
Sgt Ealson said the installation of the CCTV system had
helped police identify people and establish what had