French Tourists’ Campervan Attack – Jail Sentences Handed Down

In May we wrote about three French tourists, Antonin Schopfer, 27, Guillaume Rey, 26, and Sebastien Vautier, 29 who were beaten and robbed as they camped in Mangamuka, Northland.

(See blogs Three French tourists beaten up in Northland Campervan Robbery, French tourists back in Northland to Help Catch Attackers and “Tourists Beaters up Un-Maori“)

The men were left beaten, bloodied and traumatised after an attack by three men who had  made off with their money as they camped at the roadside in Northland.

A report of the trial of  two of the accused appeared in the Northern Advocate who reported that 18-year-old Lewis Haddon and Bluray Joyce from Horeke, “were last week sentenced to four years nine months’ and four years’ jail, respectively, for the May 21 attack in which they forced their way into the sleeping tourists’ van and left all three with facial injuries.”  There was no mention in the report about the alleged third assailant.

Third World

The paper reported that Northland MP, Kelvin Davis said attacks like this on tourists meant that

Northland is increasingly being seen as a third-world destination in a first world country, because of this sort of thing

and that

If tourists stop coming here the New Zealand economy is going to go belly-up. We really need an education campaign to inform New Zealanders of our duty to take care of tourists and make them welcome.

Read the full report here

We’re pleased that this case has been resolved and hope that the three French tourists will find some closure in knowing two of their assailants are behind bars. Our best wishes are extended to them.

A duty of care to tourists should involve informing of them of risks to their personal safety and give advice on safe places in which to camp, adventure sports guidance,  information on the complexities of Zealand’s unique road rules and information about areas where tourists are known to have fallen prey to criminal activities.

A number of foreign governments and external bodies have already issued safety and crime advice to their citizens with regards to New Zealand – Among them are Great Britain, The New Zealand/Japan Society Australia, The Netherlands and China (click on links for details, they all open in new windows) all of which followed attacks, rapes, robberies and deaths of their nationals.

Far more needs to be done to protect and better inform tourists before thousands of them descend on  New Zealand during next year’s rugby world cup, many of them using camper vans to traverse the country. New Zealand can ill afford any tourist related crime at a time when international attention will be very much focused on the country.

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