We’re pleased to report that the police have apprehended the fifth teenager involved in an unprovoked attack on two German tourists in Whakatane.
This brings the total haul to a 14, 15, 17 and 18 year old male and a 15 year old girl. Police have opposed bail for all of them and their identities are still suppressed.
According to an update by the Rotorua Daily Post, and despite police objections, one of the “adults” has made bail.
One adult was remanded in custody and the other was bailed with strict conditions.
They will all reappear on January 17 in Whakatane District Court.
No word yet as to their gang affiliations (either Black Power or Mongrel) but brutal assaults followed by a prison sentence are the usual prerequisites for prospects. Read Gang Prospects Jailed For The Rape Of Japanese Tourist In Opotiki. Three of the arrested youths were from neighboring Opotiki, the remainder from Whakatane.
According to Stuff.co.nz
“A 15-year-old boy has become the fifth teenager to be charged with the aggravated robbery of two young German tourists in Whakatane on Boxing Day.
The four already charged appeared in court on Friday. All were remanded in custody and their identities were suppressed.
The 15-year old arrested today will also appear with the four in the Whakatane District Court tomorrow. They face joint charges of aggravated robbery.
Police will oppose bail for all five people.
Three of those already charged are males aged, 14, 17 and 18. The fourth person is a 15-year-old girl. The 17-year-old is from the Whakatane area and the other three are from Opotiki…” more here
- Fifth teen charged in attack on tourists (stuff.co.nz)
- German Tourist Couple Mugged in Whakatane, German Tourists Robbed in Invercargill (e2nz.org)
- Fifth arrest after tourists attacked (radionz.co.nz)
- Tourist beaten beyond recognition (nzherald.co.nz)