A man who attacked four people near Queenstown in February -
one of them a 70-year-old man - told Judge Michael Turner in
the Queenstown District Court yesterday he had no
recollection of the incident.
Simon John Windle (34), lineman, of Gore, admitted injuring
Warren and Irene Thompson and David and Sue Merry with intent
on February 15, following an outdoor concert at Gibbston.
Mrs Merry's right eye socket was broken in the attack.
She later required surgery and the insertion of titanium
Mrs Thompson received two black eyes and Mr Thompson and Mr
Merry cuts and abrasions.
Prosecuting Sergeant Ian Collin said the Thompsons were
driving towards Dunedin on State Highway 6 when they pulled
over at 5.45pm to adjust the load on their trailer.
Mr Thompson (70) got out of the car while his wife remained
in the front passenger seat.
Windle was ''staggering down the middle of the road'',
shouting and gesturing to traffic as he approached the
Mr Thompson told Windle to ''sit down out of harm's way''.
Sgt Collin said Windle inquired about Mr Thompson's religion
and then ''was muttering something about Allah'' before he
began punching Mr Thompson's face and head. He pushed him
into the driver's door with sufficient force to leave a dent.
Mrs Thompson got out of the car and told Windle to stop.
He punched her in the face, knocking her backwards, over the
Windle ran off, followed by security staff, and he
encountered the Merrys, a couple in their 50s, who were
walking from the concert to their vehicle.
Windle walked up to Mr Merry and threw a punch at his head.
Sgt Collin said Mr Merry ducked under the punch, but fell
backwards on to the ground.
Windle then attacked Mrs Merry, punching her ''at least
once'' to the face.
He was subdued by Mr Merry and others and was held on the
ground until police arrived.
Sgt Collin said Windle and three friends had attended the
outdoor concert, which began at 1.30pm.
During the course of the afternoon, he consumed ''a number''
of beers and a can of pre-mixed bourbon.
He also smoked a cannabis cigarette with an unknown male near
the toilet block.
Windle told police he had no recollection whatsoever of the
The last thing he remembered was ''going to the toilets'' and
the next was being in the back of the police van.
Judge Turner convicted Windle and remanded him on bail for
sentencing later this month.
He ordered a presentence report to consider home and