The New Zealand press has released the names of the two women attacked by a man near Franz Josef over the weekend: Niki Honda and Michaela Brandl.
Bizarrely, in another one of those ‘only in NZ’ moments the man arrested for their assault, and for the rape and murder of Christchurch woman Amy Farrall, has had his name suppressed to “protect the situation.”
The man is charged with the sexual violation and murder of 24-year-old Miss Farrall at Christchurch on March 28 or 29.
He is then charged with robbing two woman tourists – Niki Honda and Michaela Brandl – of their personal belongings on the West Coast on Sunday, while armed with a metal bar.
He is charged with wounding Miss Brandl with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Sunday, and reckless driving on State High 6 on the West Coast, and failing to stop for a police car using its lights and sirens.
Miss Bulger asked for the man to be remanded without plea to the High Court for another appearance on April 16.
She asked for interim name suppression “to protect the situation in the meantime”… read the rest on Stuff.co.nz
RadioNZ gives a little bit more detail:
The tourists – Michaela Brandl, 28, from Germany and Niki Honda, a 27-year-old of Japanese/Dutch origin – hitched a ride on Sunday afternoon in Whataroa, about 30km north of Franz Josef, from a man driving a blue Terrano.
They were later found injured by the side of the road near Franz Josef, one with stab wounds to the neck and the other with a broken pelvis. They remain in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital.