It Took 1.5 years to Jail French Tourists’ Attackers; Safer Communities Together

It has been a long time coming but finally the two men who beat and robbed a couple of French tourists have been brought to justice.

Sunlive reported one of the men, Che Bridger, was on parole when he attacked the French tourists.

Che Teraumate Bridger, 25, and his cousin Bo Rawiri, 26, picked up two French tourists hitchhiking along State Highway 2 at Te Maunga in July 2012.

A Mount Maunganui man has been sentenced to four years and nine months jail after being found guilty of beating and robbing two French tourists.

 

They drove to the abandoned Shell service station near the Welcome Bay turnoff on SH2 where the two French men were then assaulted. Money was demanded from the pair before they were attacked and robbed of most of their possessions.

One of the tourists, who has been granted name suppression, said he was sworn at and threatened by the driver who then began hitting him, while Rawiri, who was the passenger in the car, assaulted the second tourist…”

The original July 2012 account of the attack may be found here http://sunlive.co.nz/news/28575-arrests-french-tourist-robbery.html

Also in today’s Sunlive news, under a promotional picture headed “Safer Communities Together”

Night burgalaries raise concern

…Mount Maunganui/Papamoa councillor Steve Morris says residents need to pay extra attention to locking up and ensuring their homes are safe and secure during the holiday months.“These are the times when we have thieves about more with people going away and obviously it pays to keep in touch with your neighbour,” says Steve…”

Unfortunately similar crime prevention advice was not made available to the region’s foreign tourists.

The two French victims were given name suppression, presumably to protect them from having to make the now obligatory “We still love New Zealand, this didn’t spoil our holiday” statements to reporters.

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