A former Queenstown taxi driver who reported in February he
was assaulted and robbed of $700 has been charged with theft
and making a false statement.
The 24-year-old man appeared in Manukau District Court today
and has been remanded on bail to reappear on Tuesday, 17
The man also faces a charge of causing loss by deception in
connection with an unrelated matter.
The charges relates to a report the man made to police that
he had been assaulted in Queenstown in the early hours of
The man reported that he picked up a male passenger in
central Queenstown and drove him to the Queenstown Lakeview
Holiday Park camping ground about 3.15am.
He said he was then attacked and robbed by the passenger and
two other men.
Police said today members of the public had been of great
help in the case.
Following the release of an audio recording of a call made
from the driver's phone to the taxi company about an hour
after the incident, members of the public contacted police
saying they recognised the caller as a relative of the
"This information, together with a number of consistencies in
other information gathered and out-of-character behaviour by
the arrested man, has led police to the conclusion that this
is a false complaint," Acting Detective Sergeant Matt Jones,
of Queenstown, said.
Police say the investigation had tied up a considerable
amount of police time and resources.