Man in custody over Octagon bar death

A police officer and security guard at the entrance to Craft. Photo by Hamish McNeilly
A police officer and security guard at the entrance to Craft. Photo by Hamish McNeilly
A cordon has been placed around much of the lower Octagon. Photo by Gerard O'Brien
A cordon has been placed around much of the lower Octagon. Photo by Gerard O'Brien

A 25-year-old man is in custody - and police are seeking information about three others - after the death of a man who was attacked in an Octagon bar early this morning.

The 35-year-old local man was assaulted in the toilet area of Craft Bar.

When emergency services arrived about 1.45am they found the victim unconscious in the toilet area and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

About 60 people were in the bar at the time and police are speaking with witnesses.

As part of these inquiries a 25-year-old man is in custody and assisting police.

Police are not seeking a weapon in relation to the incident and don't believe there were previous interactions between the 35-year-old man who died and other patrons at the bar.

Dunedin police are now seeking information about a group of three men aged from their 20s to 40s, involved in an altercation outside the Isis Bar in Princes St after the Craft Bar assault.

A window was broken in the Isis Bar altercation and police believe the group may be linked to the Craft Bar incident.

The three included a man aged in his thirties or forties wearing a Mohawk hairstyle and another man around similar age with a shaved head. They were dressed in dark casual clothing and wearing jeans.

Police said people at the Craft Bar may remember seeing a man aged in his mid-20s at around 1.40am without his shirt on.

The man left the bar with two associates and headed through the Octagon area to the vicinity of the Isis bar. Police would not be releasing the name of the man until his next of kin had been notified.

A cordon has been placed around much of the lower Octagon and a police officer and security guard are at the entrance to Craft.

Anyone with information that help police can contact Dunedin Police on 471-4800. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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