Police fingered the wrong men in their investigation of a
serious assault in Queenstown last week.
They posted CCTV footage of two men apparently running away
from the victim on their Facebook page last Wednesday, after
the early morning incident.
The Otago Daily Times reported police saying they were
looking for the men.
Their images, supplied by police, were published.
These men, initially thought responsible for the assault,
which put a man in hospital with damaged teeth, facial cuts
and bruising, are now being treated as witnesses.
Video released on the Queenstown police Facebook page showed
them running along Lake Esplanade, away from the victim.
A statement appeared on the Facebook page yesterday stating a
Queenstown business had provided CCTV footage showing a third
man assaulting the victim.
New footage was also posted, showing the alleged offender
leaving a downtown bar five minutes before the assault and
walking through the Steamer Wharf complex.
The two witnesses, who were tracked to Mount Cook village,
had given a description of the alleged offender, and police
were ''making progress'' with the investigation.
Police were unavailable for comment yesterday.