A Queenstown bar owner is shedding new light on an
alleged attack on an ex-All Black, saying his staff stepped in
and cleaned him up afterwards.
Adam Nagy, owner of strip bar Club 88, claims his two
bouncers helped Queenstown-based ex-All Black Justin Marshall
during the incident.
Mr Marshall was named in court last week as the victim of an
alleged assault by two men visiting the resort early on Good
Friday, April 18.
Police confirmed yesterday the incident occurred about 1.20am
outside the Night'n Day dairy in Shotover Street - not
outside strip bar Club 88, about 45m away, as has previously
been reported by other media.
Mr Nagy, who did not witness the incident but spoke yesterday
on behalf of his venue and security team, told Mountain Scene
his staff ''ran over [to the Night'n Day] and helped out
"I don't think [my staff] knew it was him at the time - they
just ran down and helped out and found out it was him.''
After the incident, Mr Nagy - who was working at Club 88 on
the night - said his bar manager, Richard Peterson, ushered a
bleeding Mr Marshall up the stairs into the venue to help
''He was all bloodied up and our manager Richie went down and
helped him out and cleaned him up.
''We just put him in the Champagne Room away from everyone
and we let him sit in there while the ambulance came.''
As for Mr Marshall's injuries, Mr Nagy said: ''It was on the
face, more facial. The [ambulance] didn't take him away. He
said he'd be fine - as rugby players do, mate.''
St John Queenstown station manager for ambulance Craig
Downing confirmed paramedics were called and assessed a man
in front of Club 88 about 1.20am on April 18.
''There was no need to transfer him to hospital. The patient
declined to be transported and was released into the care of
Two Christchurch men - Adam David Kearns (23) and Tai Samuel
Neilson (25) - were charged last week with assaulting Mr
Marshall with intent to injure him.
In the Queenstown District Court on Wednesday last week,
registrar Fiona Hutchins granted bail to Kearns and Neilson
requiring them to reside at their home addresses in
Christchurch and stick to a daily 9pm-6am curfew.
They are scheduled to appear in the Queenstown District Court
on May 19. Kearns, whose mother is Helen Milner - imprisoned
last year after being found guilty of murdering her husband,
Philip Nisbet - told Radio New Zealand on Wednesday last week
the run-in with Mr Marshall was ''a tit-for-tat situation -
it wasn't just me. Yes, course he punched me - I punched him
Kearns said he didn't know at that stage if he'd be pleading
guilty: ''It depends. If the police are going to drop it to
common assault I'll probably take in on the grounds that he's
charged with the same.
''But if they're not prepared to charge him as well, I'll be
Marshall, who played 81 tests for the All Blacks, last week
told Mountain Scene: ''It's not my fault. I'm simply a