Man in court over Dunedin bar death

By Otago Daily Times staff

A cordon was in place around the Craft bar in the Octagon for much of yesterday.  Photo / Gerard O'Brien
A cordon was in place around the Craft bar in the Octagon for much of yesterday. Photo / Gerard O'Brien

A 25-year-old Dunedin man has been remanded in custody for a week on a charge of assaulting a man who died after being found unconscious in a central city bar at the weekend.

Stephen Anthony Fernyhough, a demolition worker, appeared in the Dunedin District Court this morning charged with assaulting Ryan John Court on April 27.

Thirty-five-year-old Mr Court was found unconscious in the toilet area of the Craft Bar in the Octagon early yesterday and could not be revived.

Public defender Campbell Savage asked for a remand without plea to May 6.

He said he was not seeking bail or name suppression for Fernyhough.

There was also no application for suppression of Mr Court's name.

As well as the charge of assault, Fernyhough is also facing a charge of intentionally damaging a window in a separate incident some time later yesterday morning.

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