Adam Bennett

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Ex-MP confirms involvement in alleged bank assault

Former MP and top level rugby player Paul Quinn. File photo / NZPA
Former MP and top level rugby player Paul Quinn. File photo / NZPA

Former National Party MP and top level rugby player Paul Quinn has confirmed he was involved in the alleged assault of a man in an inner city Wellington bank last week which followed an argument over a parking space.

After yesterday denying he knew anything about the incident, Mr Quinn today issued a statement.

"I can confirm that I was involved in a disagreement at a bank in Courtenay Place last week. While there have been media reports that the Police are looking into the matter they have not been in contact with me at any stage. In my view the disagreement was a minor one and ended there. I will not be making any further comment."

Wellington Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident and the Herald understands they waiting to view security camera footage.

The Herald has spoken to the victim of the alleged assault, who said the incident arose from a disputed carpark outside the Westpac Bank in Courtenay Place.

The incident culminated in Mr Quinn allegedly striking the man with "a swinging right arm across the face".

Having noted the number plate of his alleged assailant's vehicle, the man was later told by police that it was registered to Mr Quinn. The man subsequently identified Mr Quinn from a photograph.

- NZ Herald

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