Single-hit killer recruited for bar-closing campaign

11:57 am on 5 March 2017

Police have called on the services of an Auckland man convicted of fatally punching another man in 2013, to strengthen their case for bars to close earlier.

Line up of drinks on bar

Photo: RNZ / Megan Whelan

Grenville McFarland was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for the manslaughter of Tarun Asthana, who died in hospital after a single punch to the head.

The pair had been out drinking all night before Mr Asthana was punched outside McDonalds' Queen Street restaurant about 5am.

Police today confirmed they had approached McFarland about promoting earlier bar closing times, and that he was willing to help.

They said he had received no payment or other benefits for making a statement.

Appeal hearings on Auckland Council's local alcohol policy have been under way for the past three weeks.

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