Man accused of tourist attack jailed

A 26-year-old Ngaruwahia man accused of beating a robbing two French tourists behind an abandoned petrol station in Papamoa has been sentenced to six weeks in jail for breaching his bail.

Bo-Tamati Rawiri appeared in the Tauranga District Court on Tuesday charged with breaching bail.

The two tourists were robbed behind the old service station on SH2.

He is also facing charges of aggravated robbery in relation to the attack on two 21-year-old tourists in July.

His co-accused Che Bridger, 24, from Mount Maunganui, also appeared in court where Judge Louis Bidois remanded him in custody to reappear on September 12.

The two French tourists were hitchhiking from Tauranga to Rotorua when they were picked up by two men in a vehicle on the afternoon of July 7.

They were driven to an abandoned Shell service station on State Highway 2 near Welcome Bay Road in Papamoa where they were allegedly beaten and robbed.

The two 21-year-olds suffered minor injuries and had their packs, clothing, passports and cash and money stolen.

The tourists continued on their New Zealand holiday following the attack.

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6 weeks for destroying someones holiday?

Posted on 05-09-2012 11:08 | By wreck1080

No justice for the victims. He’ll be out in 2 weeks. Why do we treat victims rights as unimportant?


Posted on 05-09-2012 10:37 | By kopchai

I’ll say, what are these judges thinking?


Posted on 05-09-2012 10:16 | By whatsinaname

what a joke. He will be out in 3......

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