Peter John Barratt (front) leaves the Queenstown District Court after appearing yesterday. Photo by Fairfax Media.
A Wanaka man charged with assaulting a policeman and
threatening to kill was released on bail when he appeared
before a justice of the peace in the Queenstown District
Peter John Barratt (72), sporting a black eye and what
appeared to be a bloodstain on the left shoulder region of
his shirt, was bailed to a Haast address when he appeared
before Joy McDonald.
Barratt is charged with assaulting Senior Constable Sean
Hurley and threatening to kill Hurley, his daughters and
Constable Peter Reed after an incident at Makarora on
Snr Const Hurley (52) was left bloodied and bruised after the
incident. Barratt has also been charged with drink-driving
after recording a breath-alcohol level of 751mcg when stopped
by police yesterday. The legal limit is 400mcg.
Queenstown solicitor Sonia Vidal, representing Barratt,
entered no plea and asked for a remand on bail. Miss McDonald
released Barratt on bail until his next scheduled court
appearance on April 28.
Bail conditions require him to live at a house he has in
Haast, which is in the same street as the local police
Barratt must report to the station daily between 8am and 4pm,
and not drive, drink, enter licensed premises or enter Wanaka
unless to travel to the Queenstown District Court.
''I take a very dim view of what's happened,'' Miss McDonald
told Barratt before outlining the bail conditions and asking
him to surrender his passport.
Prosecuting Sergeant Ian Collin earlier told the court police
were satisfied the bail conditions were appropriate ''in
terms of eliminating any issues as to further offending''.
A police statement on Thursday said Snr Const Hurley had
stopped a motorist in Makarora for a routine breath test
about 3pm after road workers reported a suspected
drink-driver heading towards Wanaka.
After failing the test, the motorist was asked to accompany
Snr Const Hurley to Wanaka, but on the way, the motorist is
alleged to have kicked the officer in the head and tried to
gouge his eye.
Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said
Snr Const Hurley stopped his car and restrained the man
However, the man began ''playing up'' in the back seat again
as the car approached the Makarora Country Cafe so Snr Const
Hurley pulled into the cafe forecourt, restrained him again
and radioed for help.
- Mountain Scene