Man abused and offended staff

Over the course of three months, in three separate incidents, a Fernhill man abused bar staff, offended bottle store workers, and drove over one of New Zealand's most high-risk roads while almost five times the legal alcohol limit.

Christopher Kennedy (51) was given four convictions in the Queenstown District Court on Monday and told by Judge John Brandts-Giesen if he did not adjust his ''defiant attitude'' he would end up in prison.

His first charge, of threatening behaviour, was laid after an incident in Queenstown on December 5.

Kennedy had been inside Pog Mahones and became threatening and insulting.

Staff were unable to trespass him, so called police who located him outside where he continued his behaviour and refused to listen or co-operate.

He was initially charged with trespass in relation to that incident, but that was withdrawn.

Kennedy's bail conditions included not to possess or consume alcohol, or enter licensed premises.

On March 20 - five days after the Christchurch mosque shootings - Kennedy, who was drunk, entered Liquor King on Stanley St.

The summary of facts said he took some alcohol from the shelves and went to the checkout area where two staff members advised, that due to his intoxication, they could not serve him.

Angry, he told a 32-year-old Queenstown male, of Indian descent: ''Go back to your own f... country, people like you want to come here and want to be just like us which is never going to happen. It's because of people like you last week's shooting [happened].''

To an 18-year-old Queenstown female he said: ''Oi girl, you have a fat a..., go do some street work.''

He then engaged in a two-minute ''rant'' before leaving.

Kennedy initially faced two charges of offensive language. However, the charge relating to the male was later withdrawn by police.

In relation to the female victim, Judge Brandts-Giesen said it was ''quite frankly ... totally unacceptable to say that to anyone''.

At 3.15pm on March 22, Kennedy was driving erratically on Frankton Rd and was observed sideswiping another vehicle.

Police were notified. Thirty minutes later his vehicle was located outside the Cardrona Hotel. Kennedy admitted it was his vehicle.

A breath test returned a reading of 1189mcg. However, he told police an ''unknown tourist'' had driven the vehicle from Queenstown to Cardrona. Kennedy was charged with drink-driving and careless driving.

The judge said Kennedy needed supervision to ''address some of the demons that clearly affect you when you are under the influence of alcohol''.

For drink-driving he was sentenced to 12 months' supervision with special conditions, 150 hours' community work, disqualified for 28 days after which he is to apply for an alcohol interlock. For careless driving, he was fined $400 and ordered to pay court costs of $130, and for offensive language he was ordered to pay $400 emotional harm reparation to the victim.

He was convicted and discharged for threatening behaviour.

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

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