A Wanaka man accused of assaulting police and making threats
to kill is likely to have a mental health assessment.
Peter John Barratt (72) appeared in Queenstown District Court
yesterday facing four charges relating to an incident on
April 10 in which a senior constable suffered head, eye and
Solicitor Nic Soper, representing Barratt, said: ''I have had
several discussions with Mr Barratt and real difficulty
obtaining coherent or consistent responses.''
The case was adjourned without plea until May 9 for a
''Section 9'' hearing in Invercargill, for police to
demonstrate there is a case to answer.
If the case proceeds, Barratt will be assessed by a forensic
nurse under the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired
Persons) Act 2003.
Barratt is charged with assaulting Senior Constable Sean
Hurley and threatening to kill Snr Const Hurley, his
daughters and Constable Peter Reed.
Barratt is also charged with drink-driving with a reading of
751mcg of alcohol per litre of breath, having been convicted
The legal limit is 400mcg. He is also charged with resisting
A police statement after the incident said Snr Const Hurley
had stopped a motorist in Makarora for a routine breath test
after road workers reported a suspected drink driver heading
After failing the test, the motorist was asked to accompany
Snr Const Hurley to Wanaka.
On the way, the motorist is alleged to have kicked the
officer in the head and attempted to gouge his eye.
Wanaka sub-area commander senior sergeant Allan Grindell says
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 Caf, so Snr Const
Hurley pulled over, restrained him again and radioed for