Bottle assault follows bar death

Police have expressed concern about alcohol-related violence in Dunedin after an alleged assault in the Octagon left a man with a serious head injury, on the same day as a man died as a result of an incident in a central city bar.

Ryan John Court (35) was found unconscious in the toilet area of the Craft Bar in the Octagon early yesterday and could not be revived.

Stephen Anthony Fernyhough, a demolition worker, appeared in the Dunedin District Court this morning charged with his assault.

The second incident - involving five men and a woman - occurred about 8pm yesterday at a taxi stand in the Octagon.

An altercation took place, during which a 38-year-old sustained a serious head injury after being struck by a bottle.

The man was taken to Dunedin hospital where he underwent surgery. His injuries include a fractured skull.

Police are urging those involved to come forward and would like to hear from any witnesses.

People can contact Detective Sergeant Dave Nelson on 03 471-4800. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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