Bouncer screwed, surprisingly unhappy

An intoxicated teenager stabbed a Monkey Bar bouncer in the neck with a screwdriver on Friday 25 May after being refused entry to the nightclub.

A 19-year old labourer was arrested and appeared in the Dunedin District Court the following morning, charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was expected to reappear in Court last Friday after Critic went to print. Detective Sergeant Brett Roberts told the ODT he had spoken to the victim, who had received treatment for his wound. “If it had been much deeper, it would have been serious.”

Police have warned that they will arrest anybody with a weapon (presumably screwdrivers are classed as weapons) in a public place, and that anyone who drinks and carries a weapon (or a screwdriver) is a “brainless idiot”. “Alcohol and weapons do not go together,” said Detective Sergeant Roberts.
Monkey Bar Director Benjamin Hanssen agreed, telling the ODT it was “fortunate” that the incident was not more serious. "It was a relatively minor injury – he was very lucky in that respect."

The labourer is expected to be banned permanently from the Monkey Bar. This will likely eliminate the 19-year-old’s only chance of picking up in Dunedin, representing a crushing blow to the young man’s quality of life.
This article first appeared in Issue 14, 2012.
Posted 8:39pm Sunday 3rd June 2012 by Imogen Whyte.